Patrick Nunn

Photographer: Nick Fallon 2008

Patrick Nunn (born 21 July 1969 in Tunbridge Wells, England), is a British composer and educator.


Nunn read music at Dartington College of Arts studying under Frank Denyer between 1988 and 1991 taking additional tuition with Louis Andriessen at Dartington International Summer School and with Gary Carpenter at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2004, he took his doctorate under Professor Simon Bainbridge at the Royal Academy of Music. He also received tuition under Jonathan Harvey, Tod Machover and Simon Emmerson.

In 1994, Nunn was awarded the Gregynog Composition Prize for Colour Cycle and in 1995, the BBC Radio 3 Composing for Children prize as part of the BBC's Fairest Isle festival for his work Songs of our Generation. His work Into My Burning Veins a Poison for quarter-tone alto flute, piano and electronics was awarded the RCM rarescale Composition Prize in 2004. In 2006, he was awarded a British Composers Award in the solo/duet category for Mercurial Sparks, Volatile Shadows and the Alan Bush Prize[1] for Transilient Fragments in 2008. His proposal for Sentiment of an Invisible Omniscience was awarded the 2010 Millennium Prize from the Birmingham Conservatoire.

He teaches techniques of composition and electroacoustics at the Royal Academy of Music[2] and his compositional work is currently published by Cadenza Music and the ABRSM. In 2013, Nunn was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).

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Nunn has been shortlisted five times for the British Composers Award: in 2006 for Gaia Sketches, in 2007 for Escape Velocity, in 2008 for Transilient Fragments, in 2009 for Prism and in 2012 for Pareidolia I.


  1. ^ "Alan Bush Music Trust:Composition Prize". Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Composition:Staff". Retrieved 23 April 2016.

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