Composer and singer John Duggan has been elected Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, with effect from October 2012. John will be celebrating the appointment by premiering his composition of William Blake's ‘Tiger Tiger Burning Bright' this Jubilee weekend with the East Oxford Community Choir.
Speaking of his pleasure at the appointment, John said: "I'm thrilled to be taking up the Fellowship at Wolfson. I'm going to be very active in the musical life of the college, putting on a series of concerts and recitals over the course of my tenure."
John started his music career as a chorister in Westminster Cathedral before studying music at Keble College, Oxford. He has a varied musical background with experience ranging from sound engineering for the likes of Radiohead and the Manic Street Preachers, to playing drums in jazz and pop bands, and composing for a number of local and national choirs.
John will be drawing on this experience to develop a number of new collaborations at Wolfson. "I'm particularly excited by the opportunity to work with The Fournier Trio, a brilliant ensemble who are currently artists in residence at the college."
In 2006, John co-founded the Oxford-based choir Sospiri and is now their official composer-in-residence: "Sospiri have just commissioned a major new collection of pieces by some of the biggest names in modern choral music".
Longer term, John plans over the next two years to build on his body of work based on poetical texts from World War I. Describing the project, he said, "I'm delighted that Professor Jon Stallworthy is a member of the college. He has written extensively on the life and work of Wilfred Owen, who has been a great source of inspiration to me."