Patrick Hegarty is a composer, sound artist and performer whose output blends acoustic sound and electronics.
His work involves intuition, meditation, and the manipulation of pre-existing materials; often developing works through close collaborations with performers. He makes music populated by close, physical sounds, mantric repetitions and fragments of lamenting melodies.
Performers and collaborators who have played Patrick’s work include EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, House of Bedlam, Psappha ensemble members, Lori Freedman, Oliver Coates, LCO and Aurora Orchestra members for spaces and festivals such as Gaudeamus Muziekweek, London Culture Mile, Durham Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Courtauld Gallery, Milton Court, The state51 Factory, and Bristol Beacon.
He was a 2020 Britten Pears Young artist and is currently a Junior Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after completing his masters studies with Laurence Crane. Recent projects include a site-specific installation for London’s Culture Mile, a collection of audio visual works in collaboration with students of the Royal Academy of Arts, a work for cello and piano for the Psappha ensemble’s ‘Composing for…’ scheme, and a commission for Orkest de Ereprijs after winning the ‘Ereprijs commission’ in the group’s annual International Young Composers Meeting. His work was performed at this year’s Gaudeamus Muziekweek and he is soon to have an EP of some of his acoustic works released on The state51 Conspiracy label. Patrick is an active producer of electronic ambient/noise music having released an EP of his works independently in October.
Patrick performs as a multi-instrumentalist while maintaining a profound interest in electronics and live sound manipulation. He is a member and co-founder of red panel, a new music collective that puts on concerts in London and Berlin.
His studies have been supported by the Split-Infinitive Trust, Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, Prowdes Educational Foundation and Guildhall School Trust.
photo by Dimitri Djuric