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Simon Limbrick's involvement in music embraces performance, composing and education. He was a member of the cult systems orchestra The Lost Jockey and Man Jumping, recording for EG Editions and creating scores for leading dance companies Second Stride, London Contemporary Dance, Rosemary Lee and Sue MacLennan.

He has been in demand as a percussionist performing all over the world with the Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Endymion Ensemble, Composers' Ensemble and Fibonacci Sequence as well as recording with artists such as Alabama3, Gavin Bryars Pete Lockett and for Blue Note Records. He has been guest principal with the LSO and worked under conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Oliver Knussen, Simon Rattle and Tom Ades. He has featured on film and television including documentaries about Steve Reich and Kenneth MacMillan's award winning Judas Tree. Compositions created for him include works by Javier Alvarez, Brian Elias (Kenneth MacMillan's last ballet The Judas Tree), Vic Hoyland and Andrew Poppy.

James Saunders

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James Saunders is a composer with an interest in modularity. He performs in the duo Parkinson Saunders, and with Apartment House. He is Head of the Centre for Musical Research at Bath Spa University.

James studied at the University of Huddersfield and latterly with Anthony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is Head of Centre for Musical Research at Bath Spa University, where he runs the experimental music ensemble Material. James was a participant in the London Sinfonietta's Blue Touch Paper scheme (2006-9). He held an AHRC Research Leave Award in 2005-6, and commences a Fellowship in 2010-11. His edited book The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music was published in 2009, and Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation (with John Lely) will be published by Continuum in 2011. In 2010-11 projects include new pieces for Basel Sinfonietta, Simon Limbrick, [rout], and Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart, and a volume of Contemporary Music Review on the Wandelweiser composers. His piece distribution study will be performed on 12 Sundays in 2011 at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.