Much academic literature has been spent trying to distil and understand the allusive creative process. Nearly all of these theories suggest that the creative process is a single procedure consisting of various discrete stages; but by attempting to formulate rigid steps and stages, nearly all of these models lose sight of the flexibility of creativity, and the subtle interplay between practitioner, stakeholder(s), brief, and space.

By comparing two first-hand examples of creative practice – writing for Duran Duran and the London Symphony Orchestra – this talk will explore how some of these external factors affect the creative process, and will offer some observations to help understand the ‘real world’ complexities of creativity. About the speaker: Toby Young studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge. Since winning numerous competitions, notably the Guardian/BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year (2006), Toby’s music has been performed by ensembles including the LSO, RPO, Fretwork, and choirs such as Westminster Abbey, King's College Cambridge, and the BBC Singers. He also works closely with pop musicians including Chase & Status, Duran Duran and the Rolling Stones. Upcoming works include commissions for the pianist Melvyn Tan, clarinettist Julian Bliss, and the Sacconi and Navarra quartets. Toby lectures in music and philosophy at Somerville College, Oxford and is a Visiting Fellow at Bristol University.

Please arrive at the School from 12.00. Lunch will be served from 12.15 with the talk starting promptly at 12.30.

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