Tim Coker was born in Walsall and began composing whilst a pupil at Queen Mary’s
Grammar School. He studied with John Casken, John Woolrich and Simon Holt at the
universities of Manchester, Reading and London. He has a 1st class degree and in
2007 completed his doctorate entitled Dramma Per Musica which focuses on the
relationship between new music and drama in contemporary culture.
His work has featured at a number of major festivals including Huddersfield,
Cheltenham and Buxton. He has been performed by some of the world’s leading
soloists and ensembles including the BBC Philharmonic; The Orkest de Volharding;
Passacaglia with Dan Laurin; the BBC Singers and the Duke and Lindsay string
quartets. As well as concert music, he also specialises as a composer of music for
theatre and his 2004 chamber opera Walking not Driving toured the UK to critical
acclaim performed by the Opera Group directed by John Fulljames.
An accomplished playwright, theatre director and sound designer, Tim recently
founded York-based theatre company Square Pegs for whom he has written incidental
music for the 2010 York Mystery Plays.