The Michael Cuddigan Trust

In 2014 the Trust's inaugural commission was a piece from the composer Martin Suckling entitled Songs for a Bright September. The piece was performed to great acclaim by Matthew Rose and the Angell Trio at concerts in Aldeburgh and London.


Martin Suckling was born in Glasgow in 1981. He studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and King's College, London. He has benefited from residencies at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldeburgh and Aspen and has won numerous awards including the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.  He lives in Manchester and is currently Lecturer in composition at the University of York. Website:


"A young composer whose star is resolutely in the ascendant"

The Times


In 2015 the Trust supported two new works. The first was entitled Voices by John Woolrich


John Woolrich was born in 1954 in Cirencester. A much commissioned and frequently performed composer, a creative teacher and an original programmer, he is an important figure in British musical life.


His works have been performed by many leading orchestras and ensembles including all the major

BBC orchestras, OAE, BCMG, CBSO, London Mozart Players, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Ensemble, Bamberg SO, Zurich CO, Swedish CO. He has also held major artistic positions with

the Orchestra of St John's, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Aldeburgh Festival and Dartington International Summer School. Website:


 Kate Whitley, born in 1989, is a composer and pianist whose work in bringing classical music out of the concert hall and into new contexts has been hailed as part of "the most exciting development in classical music for decades if not centuries" (The Times 2011).


She is the co-founder and artistic director, with conductor Christopher Stark, of Multi-Story, which began with a critically acclaimed performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in a disused multi-

storey car park in Peckham to an audience of more than 1500 people.


Kate graduated from Cambridge with a double first in music and an M Phil in Composition. She

premiered her own Concerto for Piano and Strings in 2009 at the Bishopsgate Institute and her

Wigmore Hall debut recital took place in 2012. She is currently music fellow at Rambert Dance Company and has composed three operas to date. Website:

Photo: Maurice Foxall

The second was This is My Love Song for You by Kate Whitley

These pieces were performed by Matthew Rose and the Angell Trio at concerts in Aldeburgh,

Oxford, The Blackheath Concert Halls and at the Royal Opera House.


Click to listen to This is My Love Song for You

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The Michael Cuddigan Trust


Michael Cuddigan Trust a charitable incorporated organisation registered with the Charity Commission (charity no.1158975)