David Bruce – News

Bruce FANFARRON for the San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony recently premiered a new concert opener by David Bruce. The composer writes about his work: I was honoured to be asked by San Diego Symphony to write a celebratory fanfare in honour of their departing maestro Jahja Ling, who conducted the premieres of my Night Parade and the Violin Concerto Fragile […]

Sasha Cooke on David Bruce

Sasha Cooke has championed many works by BHM composers, including Jake Heggie, David Bruce, and Kevin Puts, and of course the opera As One by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. In the article here, she reflects on David Bruce’s unique vocal writing for the New York Festival of Song.

David Bruce’s NOTHING premieres at Glyndebourne

If someone you knew declared that life had no meaning, how would you convince them it does? That’s the question a group of teenagers ask themselves in Nothing, a compelling new youth opera that premieres at Glyndebourne this February. They decide that each of the group must give up an object that means something to […]

Bruce’s THE FIREWORK MAKER’S DAUGHTER at Royal Opera House

David Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter returns to the Royal Opera House in December for a run of 27 performances at the Lindbury Studio. The work premiered in 2013 and was nominated for both an Olivier Award and a British Composers Award. The Daily Telegraph’s Michael White called it “the most utterly endearing, joyous and […]

Gil Shaham premieres David Bruce’s Violin Concerto

Gil Shaham gave the premiere of David Bruce’s new Violin Concerto “Fragile Light” with the San Diego Symphony in three performances over 12-14 December, with a further performance already scheduled for Palm Springs in January. The performance had a profound effect on Garrett Harris from SanDiegoReader.com who said about the piece “It took me deep… […]

Bruce’s CUT THE RUG featured on Yo-Yo Ma/Silk Road Ensemble CD

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma have released A Playlist without Borders–a CD and DVD celebrating the group’s 15th anniversary. The CD features David Bruce’s Cut the Rug, commissioned by the ensemble. Cut the Rug will feature in their Carnegie Hall 15th anniversary celebration concert on October 16th


The San Diego Symphony will premiere David Bruce’s Night Parade, a 12 minute work for full orchestra, this October 4th, in San Diego’s Copley Hall, before bringing the work to Carnegie Hall on 29th Oct and to Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts on November 8th as part of their first ever international tour.

New Carnegie Hall Commission for David Bruce

Fresh from her title role in John Adam’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, the wonderful mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor will premiere a new work David Bruce is writing for her as part of a US tour with soprano Jessica Rivera in October 2013. The new work, provisionally titled That Time with You, is a […]

David Bruce appointed Associate Composer to the San Diego Symphony

David Bruce has been appointed Associate Composer to the San Diego Symphony for the 2013/14 season. He will be writing three pieces for them, including a new work for the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut in October 2013, and a new violin concerto for autumn 2014 (with an amazing soloist, details are hush-hush, unfortunately). To kick […]

Bruce: The Firework Maker’s Daughter US/UK Tour

Tickets for David Bruce’s chamber opera The Firework Maker’s Daughter are now on sale. The opera comes to the Lindbury Studios of the Royal Opera House, London from 3-13 April; and to the New Victory Theatre, New York from 3-12 May, as well as a substantial UK tour with performances in Hull, Huddersfield, Watford, Bury […]

Bruce: The Firework Maker’s Daughter

The Firework Maker’s Daughter is a new opera by award-winning composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell, based on the fairy-tale adventure by acclaimed children’s author Philip Pullman. Staged by John Fulljames, with designs by Dick Bird and puppetry by Indefinite Articles, this tale of courage, friendship and growing-up will be a magical, theatrical event […]

Bruce: Prince Zal and the Simorgh

A new work for narrator and orchestra commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and City University London as part of the BrightSparks series, Prince Zal and the Simorgh marks a new direction in unusual canon of David Bruce’s works. Besides the standard orchestral instrumentation, Bruce employs a battery of Iranian percussion and a large Daf […]