"Sublime, talented, witty and brilliant".
Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian is an award-winning composer of chamber, orchestral, electro-acoustic, vocal and theatre works. She also gave her first solo BBC Proms performance live for Radio 3 this year, and was described alongside Jennifer Walsche as a “21st Century Diva”. She was the composer-in-residence with the London Symphony Orchestra at the National Trust property 575 Wandsworth Road, generously supported by their patron Susie Thomson. Her work was double-nominated for the 2017 British Composer Awards, winning with 'Muted Lines', commissioned by saxophonist Trish Clowes and funded by PRSF. Before that, she’d been in-residence with the museum ‘Handel & Hendrix in London’ (2012 - 2014).
Cevanne’s ballet, ‘Seasons in our World’, toured with the Birmingham Royal Ballet this year, and is set to return in 2020. She has been working on three operas: a touring work with Sabrina Mahfouz for HERA; an R&D with Jessica Walker at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre; and a collaboration with her Armenian creative team, ‘Pinch Punch’, at Snape Maltings and the Arcola Theatre to test new formats and platforms of storytelling through opera.
Cevanne is contributing to two orchestral albums. ‘A Dancing Place’ will be included in the upcoming ‘Panufnik Legacies’ compilation for the LSO Live label performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Francois Xavier-Roth. Meanwhile, she is planning her first ‘portrait album’ inspired by 575 Wandsworth road, to be performed by LSO members and released by NMC Recordings.
She often writes for the voice, with performances by the BBC Singers for BBC Radio 3, the LSO Community Choir, and the Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC after winning their call for composers and a travel award from the British Council and ACE to spend a month in New York, 2018. Her oratorio ‘The Evolution of Eve’ was developed into a radio drama for Swedish National Radio and was a finalist for the International Prix Marulic in 2015. This year she returned to the Setubal Festival in Portugal to collaborate with their youth ensemble along with John Kenny and Clarence Adoo’s ‘Headspace’ assistive technology.
Cevanne performs with her voice, electronics, and lever harp, often with custom-built midi-controllers such as the Sonic Bonnet, developed with Crewdson and Jodie Cartman. Her debut album with Crewdson, BRACE, is out now on Accidental Records and was shortlisted for a British Composer Award in 2018. In recent years, she has performed LSO St Luke’s, Union Chapel, Handel House, and Aldeburgh Festival. Cevanne also builds tactile ‘eye-music’ scores where art dictates the composition, often by cutting holes into paper to reveal new notes, texts and meaning beneath.
Cevanne studied at the University of Cambridge with a scholarship, and gained first class honours, with prizes for research and composition (Turle; Gamble; Rima-Alamuddin; and Girton). She also held a scholarship at Trinity Laban. Cevanne is grateful for her continued association with LSO Soundhub, and Serious ‘Take Five’. In 2020, she will become the ‘Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Visiting Fellow’ at Girton College, University of Cambridge.