"...this piece was deeply touching, beautiful, emotive, joyful, liberating and bespoke. The work clearly showed a deep level of connection between the composer and participants, demonstrating a symbiotic, creative flow."
Ivors Academy Award Judges on The Umbrella
Liam is a Composer and Creator of Immersive Music Experiences.
He was the recipient of the 2018 British Composer Award (from 2019 renamed the Ivors Composer Awards) in the Community or Educational Project category for The Umbrella, and is a recent holder of The Bliss Trust's Scholarship to Study in the USA, which saw him spend three months in New York studying privately with composer Nico Muhly. Liam is working towards a Doctoral Degree in Composition at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with William Mival, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM, Paris). He is Founder and Creative Director of the immersive audio company Roomsize, established as part of Digital Catapult's CreativeXR programme, and is a Resident at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol.
"Liam Taylor-West’s Turning Points was an impressively fluent three-minute orchestral workout, with a definite transatlantic twang to its rhythms..."
Andrew Clements for The Guardian 31/01/20
Recent commissions include Turning Points, performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at Symphony Hall, Birmingham (30/01/20. BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 04/02/20); Backdrops, Volume 1 for BBC Radio 3's late-night programme Night Tracks, recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, conducted by Lev Parikian (19/09/19); Balance, performed as part of Roomsize’s Open Space showcase at the Royal College of Music’s Britten Theatre (01/10/18); Day One and The Umbrella, performed by Open Up Music's RPS Music Award-winning National Open Youth Orchestra at Bristol’s We The Curious (09/04/18), Colston Hall (29/09/17), and Bath's Old Theatre Royal as part of BBC Music Day (08/06/17); The Upside Down and Interlude, performed by members of Insight Ensemble at Bristol's Loco Klub (21/05/17 and 26/02/17); for Quartet, written for Trish Clowes' Emulsion Quartet and premiered at the Cheltenham Music Festival (06/07/15); Tetractys, performed by London Graduate Orchestra and Claire Lampon at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch (28/03/2015); Emergence, performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Frank Zielhorst at The Lighthouse, Poole (28/02/2015); and Of Joy, an audio-visual collaboration with filmmaker Rebecca Marshall, commissioned by New Dots, and performed by Ensemble Matisse at King's Place, London (03/11/14).
"Young composer Liam Taylor-West had the difficult assignment of following Beethoven’s joyous ending with a brief four-minute encore, and it’s a tribute to his louche, athletic, brilliantly coloured Turning Points that it didn’t seem at all embarrassed in that august company".
Ivan Hewett for The Telegraph 31/01/20
Alongside his composing, Liam works as a freelance Copyist for composers including Eleanor Alberga, Anna Meredith, and Richard Causton. He has worked as Orchestral Librarian for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra; Production Coordinator for the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 3; and Arranger/Transcriber for organisations such as Kneehigh Theatre and the British Paraorchestra.