Stephane Crayton


I’m a composer based in Cambridge, UK, where I’m writing my PhD under Richard Causton’s supervision. On Saturdays I teach at the Royal Academy of Music, junior department.

    My research attempts to untangle the complex identity of contemporary music. I’m interested particularly in the relationship between composition today and various modes of imprisonment, as codified by notation, for instance, or, more generally, by philosophies of history. As with most questions of identity there is an impossibly broad history to research alongside contemporary events. As such work is as historical as it is analytical: the fruits of translating from French a sixteenth-century musing on the shortcomings of contemporary poetry, for example, can bear uncanny relation to current compositional trends.

       My compositions are the same but with fewer words. For me, above all, music is a social endeavour. 

    Every day I remind myself how privileged I am today to work for these things endlessly most beautiful.



University of Cambridge profile

JRAM profile

Arthur Bliss Prize