Marcus Davidson was a chorister at Worcester Cathedral. He read Music at Birmingham University, studying composition with Vic Hoyland, and received a master’s degree in composition at City University, London, studying with Rhian Samuel.
Marcus is currently focusing on music which reflects sounds from nature, often working with recordings in his compositions. His work The Passing, which includes space recordings, was broadcast by Radio Deutschland for the CTM12 festival Berlin, and is now released by Touch.
Marcus featured in the Bergen International Festival 2012 with Bee Symphony, a collaboration with sound recordist Chris Watson, where recordings of honey bees are fused with human song. It was premiered at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank in London 2009. Watson and Davidson’s second piece, Sea Polyphonies, which fuses vocal ensemble with sea recordings was premiered at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, New York City, September 2012.
He has written and arranged for the London based a cappella trio Voice, who included his compositions on their albums Musical Harmony 2013 and Patterns of Love 2015. Voice premiered 2 new arrangements with cellist Matt Haimovitz in London July 2016.
Other recent commissions include film scores for British Film Institute DVD Fairy Tales – Early colour stencil film from Pathé, Hardingfele ensemble pieces for Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag, and 4 Rhapsodies for solo classical guitar for premiered by Hallgeir Fiskaaen, May 2016.
Marcus has lived and worked in Bergen, Norway since 2010. He is trying to learn to ski, particularly the bit where you successfully stop.