Christopher Hobbs

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    Christopher Hobbs, a pioneer in the field of Systemic Music in Britain, was born in 1950. He studied with Cornelius Cardew at the Royal Academy of Music and was the youngest member of the Scratch Orchestra when it began in 1969. In that year he also joined the improvisation group AMM. In 1970 he, along with John White, Hugh Shrapnel and Alec Hill, formed the Promenade Theatre Orchestra. After its disbandment in 1973 White and he continued as a duo. A pianist and percussionist as well as a composer, Hobbs has performed with a large number of individuals - Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman, Steve Reich, John Tilbury, and Christian Wolff among others - and has written music for a large variety of ensembles and situations

    He taught music at The Drama Centre, London, from 1973-1991. Other teaching posts include guest lectureships at Redlands University, California and continuing lectureships at De Montfort and Coventry Universities. In 1968 he founded the Experimental Music Catalogue which was relaunched by Virginia Anderson and Hobbs in 2000

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    My REF profile results from my continuing activities as a composer and performer. Since my work is based on maintaining a relationship with the concert-going and recording-buying audience I endeavour to contact the public through these media. My REF outputs demonstrate my continuing profile by means of performances of my ongoing series of works based on the numerical systems with which I have worked for many years, together with the experience of writing for and performing with amateur musicians via CoMA.


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