Our Mentors 2021

David Horne

David Horne has published over 90 works, receiving commissions from major soloists, orchestras and ensembles including Evelyn Glennie, Scottish Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His music is frequently commissioned and performed abroad, including recently at festivals in Berlin, Paris, Rome, Singapore and Strasbourg. He is active as a pianist and won the piano section of BBC Young Musician of the Year while a teenager. David is highly sought after as an educator and leads projects and workshops for major organisations across the UK. As a researcher he has given presentations in the UK and abroad.  Boosey and Hawkes publish all his compositions and he has been recorded on BMG and NMC labels among others. He is a Professor of Music and Head of the Graduate School at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, where he supervises research students and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

David Horne


Immersed in the legacy of alumni such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, Sally Beamish and Emily Howard, the RNCM School of Composition is a laboratory of invention.

With a clear focus on helping composers develop their own personal style and professional skills, the RNCM programmes offer intensive one-to-one training, classes in compositional techniques and electro-acoustic composition, masterclasses with eminent composers, and departmental seminars. Composers try out new work in the regular Composer Labs and enjoy live performances of their pieces by the Brand New Orchestra, the only conservatoire in the world to offer such performances to all their students, and the New Ensembles.

The regular festivals focussing on the work of living composers and new music provide additional opportunities for student composers to showcase their work, and the RNCM’s relationship with professional industry partners (such as the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Psappha, the Northern Ballet School, and the Filmmaking and Creative Writing courses at Manchester Metropolitan University) bring real-world experiences and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Alexander Mouzouri

Alexander Mouzouri is an Irish/Greek-Cypriot contemporary classical composer currently based in Dorset, studying under Steven Daverson and Dr Laura Bowler at the Royal Nothern College of Music. Alexander’s music has been performed in the Royal Armory, by Issie Barratt’s jazz band and by various ensembles within the conservatoire, as well as being used in commercial advertising. His current music explores topics of Greek traditional folk, patterns in nature and literature.

Dominic Wills

Dominic Wills is a composer born in 1999 and currently based in Manchester, where he is studying in his second year of the Joint Course.  He has studied composition formally under Ewan Campbell and Joseph Phibbs and he is now taught by David Horne and Adam Gorb at the Royal Northern College of Music.  As a winner of the Fanfare Competition in 2016, his music was recorded by the orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Sir Antonio Pappano.  In 2017, he won the NCEM Young Composers’ Award and his piece was performed by the Tallis Scholars and broadcast on Radio 3.  In the same year, he was commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival and King’s Lynn Festival.  He has also had works performed by the Brodsky Quartet, the Ligeti Quartet, Matthew Rose and the Albion Quartet, the Explore Ensemble, the Hermes Experiment and the London Sinfonietta.  Next year, he looks forward to performances at the RNCM and in the Ludlow English Song Weekend.  Dominic’s work often explores links between old and new music and how one affects our understanding of the other.

Henry Page

Henry George Page (b. 1993) is a British musician who works as a composer, singer, accompanist and continuo cellist. He completed a MusB in Music at the University of Manchester and is currently undertaking a Masters in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Emily Howard and Laura Bowler, where he won the Patricia Cunliffe Composition Prize. He has written for various ensembles, including collaborations with the BBC Singers; Devon Philharmonic Orchestra; House of Bedlam; CoMA; Nottingham Youth Orchestra; and Ludlow English Song Festival. As a performer, Henry maintains a diverse portfolio in singing, accompaniment and continuo. He originated principal roles at the Grimeborn and Tête-à-Tête opera festivals, has participated in world premieres of works by Roxanna Panufnik, Paul Mealor, Judith Bingham and Sir James MacMillan and served as Director of Music to St Matthew at the Elephant on London’s Southbank, and as a peripatetic teacher and accompanist at The Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge in Richmond. He currently accompanies the mezzo-soprano Rebecca Anderson; together, they won the RNCM Emmanuel Prize in 2020.

Ho Shan Lam

Ho Shan Lam is a 19-year-old composer, studying composition major for the 2nd year in the BMus Honours Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music under Steven Daverson. Composition has always been a passion of mine within music with heavy inspiration from famous composers such as John Williams, Stravinsky and Debussy. The roots of my musical career have been ignited by the initial participation in percussion ever since I was a child, which, later on truly inspired me to pursue my studies in composition as I was very intrigued by how the notes and rhythm were put together to make a great sounding piece.

Jasmine Morris

In 2013, Jasmine joined Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she  began her compositional studies with Darren Bloom and Leo Geyer, musical director of the  EMG Symphony Orchestra. As leader of a composer’s ensemble based in Greenwich, she  wrote and performed new music for concerts at LSO St Luke’s and the Painted Chapel.  She was also made principal second of the London School Symphony Orchestra which  toured in Romania performing in venues such as the Colosseum in Bucharest and the  Black Church in Brasov. In 2018, she joined the Purcell School of Music on the George  Drexler Scholarship where she learnt with Brian Elias, a recipient of two British Composer  Awards and Joseph Phibbs a former student of Harrison Birtwhistle and Steven Stucky.  Her piece Sirens for Harp and Orchestra for the Purcell Symphony Orchestra was one of  the Winning entries of the BBC Young Composer of the Year 2020. Jasmine has also had  commissions from the Tate Modern where she had two works premiered to the public for  the opening of the Boiler House which was in collaboration with the Centre of Advanced  Training for Dance. Her piece, Benediction for Two Sopranos, Flute, Clarinet, Violin and  Cello, inspired by Baudelaire’s poem was shortlisted and performed at the Birmingham  conservatoire for the ‘The Phillip Bates Prize’. In 2019 she was made composer in  residence of the National Youth Orchestra where she had her pieces premiered at the  Barbican centre. Jasmine is currently attending the Royal College of Music where she is  learning with Simon Holt on a full scholarship.

Jose del Avellanal Carreno

José del Avellanal Carreño is a Spanish-born composer whose recent work focuses on the interrogation of ‘human music’ and the exploration of its problematic boundaries. His output includes instrumental works from solo to orchestral, vocal and choral pieces, electroacoustic works, film scores and outreach projects. Collaboration lies at the heart of his creative work, and past and current partnerships involve fellow composers, performers, animators, poets, scientists, filmmakers and choreographers – current collaborators include Weston Olencki, Gavin Stewart, PRiSM and BCMG.

José lives in Manchester and studies composition at the Royal Northern College of Music mentored by Emily Howard and Steven Daverson.

Pablo Sonnaillon

Pablo Sonnaillon is a Spanish composer and a jazz musician. He started his music journey when he bought a bass guitar when he was 14 years old. He moved to the UK in 2015 looking for an adventure and found himself in the middle of a rich jazz scene in Liverpool. After making his own place in the scene he started a jazz ensemble, The Deportees, and recorded an album in 2019 named “What Session”. Now in his second year in the Royal Northern College of Music he is studying composition and exploring new ways to create music.

Philip Rousiamanis

Philip started his music education in Greece where he studied violin, piano, Saz (folk  instrument), Byzantine music and Higher academics. He received his Higher  academics degree with a first (subjects: Classical Harmony, modal and tonal  counterpoint, figured bass sight reading, morphology, teaching experience, chamber  music, orchestral playing, solfege, piano, advanced dictation, history of music) and  his Violin Diploma with a first. During his time in Greece he received first prize at the  Larissa Conservatory Pan-Hellenic piano competition and founded the White Noise  Ensemble (new music youth ensemble) which was awarded by the Athens State  Orchestra for its contribution to the new music scene of Greece. He later on studied  composition at the RNCM (BMus with Hons, First class) with Laura Bowler and  Larry Goves and is currently doing a Postgraduate in composition and musicology  with David Horne and Adam Gorb. For his current studies he was awarded  scholarships by the Countess of Munster Trust and George Henry Peters. During his  time at the RNCM he has worked with a variety of different college ensembles, he  was awarded finalist for the RNCM Gold Medal Competition and has been very  active as a violinist and performer. His works have been performed by ensembles  such as the Greek National Radio Orchestra (ERT) and Psappha ensemble. He is also  song writer, performer and artistic co-director of the art rock band Sylvette. Sylvette’s  second studio album was produced by Bad Lieutenant’s Jake Evan’s and New Order’s  guitarist Phil Cunningham. They have toured the UK and have headlined in major  venues such as the O2 Ritz and they have received Multiple BBC Radio 6 and BBC  introducing air-plays. Currently they are rehearsing for the upcoming UK tour while  working on their 3rd studio album.

Simon Knighton

Simon is a composer and electronic music producer. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the RNCM under the supervision of Larry Goves and Emily Howard. His research takes existing knowledge of acoustic and psychoacoustic phenomena to create methods of blurring the boundaries between ‘acoustic’ and ‘electronic’ sound. The nature of these methods tends to push non-conventional aspects of music composition to the fore, leading to work which sits on the boundary of concert, installation, ritual and theatre. 

Simon has composed music for (amongst others) Nieuw Ensemble, Ricciotti Ensemble, the CvA Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch National Youth Fanfare Orchestra and the I Solisti Wind Ensemble.

Sophie Nolan

My name is Sophie Nolan, and I have just joined the RNCM Masters programme from Durham University, where I did my undergraduate degree in music. My best experiences as a composer have been working with ensembles such as The Brodsky Quartet and Exaudi, and organising my own student orchestra for a recording of one of my third-year pieces. I would ultimately like to compose professionally and to lecture at a university or conservatoire. I’m still very much experimenting and finding my own style as a composer, so my pieces are quite varied. I have experimented with the literal representation of events, behaviours and objects within music, and am very interested in exploring modes outside of the diatonic collection, including those outside of equal temperament.