Malcolm Dedman

(b. 3 November 1948, London).

British composer, now resident in South Africa, of mostly chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Dedman initially studied applied physics at Brunel University in London from 1967–71, where he earned his BTech with honours. He then studied composition with Patric Standford at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 1973–74. He later attended masterclasses in composition with Nancy Lee Harper and Lasse Thoresen at the Bahá'í Academy for the Arts in Somerset in 2002–03 and studied composition with Francis Pott, Paul Robinson and Lawrence Roman at the London College of Music of the University of West London in 2004–05, where he earned his MMus.

Among his honours are First Prize in the Brent Music and Dance Festival (1969, for Sonata Movement for Piano [withdrawn]), Second Prize in the competition of the Stroud Festival in the UK (1974, for To Lesbia [withdrawn]), Deuxième Prix in the competition of the Florilège vocal de Tours (1985, for Come Unto Me... [revised version]), and First Prize in the competition of the University of West London (2005, for Scherzo). He has received commissions from the Birmingham Festival Choral Society (1975) and the Henbury Singers (2001). His music has been performed in Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and the USA.

Mr. Dedman is also active in other positions. As a singer, he was a tenor in the BBC Symphony Chorus from 1975–82 and appeared as a guest tenor with the Taverner Choir in 1979.

He taught composition, keyboard, music theory, piano, and singing both privately and at The Castle School in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire and St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School in Horfield from 1991–2002. He taught the same subjects privately in Slough, Berkshire from 2005–07. He has taught piano and violin privately in Middelburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa since 2008.

He has lived in South Africa since 2007.

His primary publisher is Misty Mountain Music, though Artifex Music and Obelisk Music are the publishers of some of his works.


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Concerto, oboe, 13 strings, 1979–80, revised 2012

Memories of Simona, 2003–04

Messengers of Light (text by Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), alto/countertenor obbligato, large orchestra, 2005

Hidden Duos, small orchestra (4 winds, 3 brass, piano, percussion, strings), 2007

Six Fragments of Time, 2009

Danses Concertantes, 17 or more strings, 2010


String Quartet, 1977–79

Mosaics, guitar, 1980, revised 2010

Sonatina, viola, 1981, revised 2009

Cantus/Conductus, flute (+ alto flute), violin, cello, vibraphone, 1983

Variants, flute, 1984, revised 2010

Sonata, oboe, piano, 1990–91, revised 2008

Prelude to Unity, electronic keyboard/piano, percussion, string quartet, 1997, revised 2004

Postscript, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1998–99, revised 2007

Waves of One Sea, 4 percussion, 1999, revised 2004

Ceremonial Fanfare, 4 B-flat trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 2004

Fanfare Academica, 4 French horns, 4 B-flat trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2004

Scherzo, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2004

Theme and Variations, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2004, revised 2008

Harmony in Diversity, viola, cello, 2005, revised 2008

Solstice, clarinet, violin, piano, 2006

Transforming Stress, cello, piano, 2008

Unchartered Territories, harp, violin, 2008

Two Tangos, clarinet, accordion, string quartet, 2009

Elegy for the Casualties of War, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2009

Four Miniatures in the Manner of Anton Webern, clarinet, violin, piano, 2010

Eternal Harmonies, violin, ensemble (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, French horn, tuba, piano, accordion, percussion), 2010

Piano TrioTrilogy of Universal Gifts, violin, cello, piano, 2010

Light of Unity, 2 cellos, piano, 2010

Trio Sonata, flute, cello, piano, 2010

Plea for Concordance, 2 cellos, piano, 2011

Eventful Journey, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2011

Dialogues, clarinet, organ, 2011

Karoo Landscape, flute, percussion, 2011

Dance of Africa, violin, piano, 2011

The Labyrinth, violin, piano, 2011


Come Unto Me... (anthem, text from the Book of Matthew), 8 mixed voices, 1967, revised 1984

The Word Was Made Flesh (Christmas cantata, text from the Jerusalem Bible), male speaker, mixed chorus, flute (+ alto recorder), organ, percussion, 1975, revised 2010

Divine Word (cantata, texts by the composer, Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), baritone, 8 mixed voices, 13 or more strings, 1998, revised 2009

What Is Earth? (texts by the composer, Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), 8 mixed voices, 2001

Remember (text by Christina Rossetti), mixed chorus, 2004

We Will All Sing Hallelujahs! (text by Keith Bayliss), soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, small orchestra/orchestra (piano, 2 percussion, 21 or more strings), 2009

Healing the Planet (text by the composer, after 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi), soprano, tenor, bass, mixed chorus, trumpet, organ, percussion, 2011


Images of Love (song-cycle, texts by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Blake, Janet Dedman, St. John of the Cross [English translation]), soprano/tenor, piano, 1982–83

O Son of the Supreme! (song, text by Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), soprano/tenor, piano, 1986

O Ye Dwellers in the Highest Paradise! (song, text by Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano, 1989, revised 2008

Awakening (song, texts by Norman Burroughs, Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), mezzo-soprano/baritone, piano, 1992–93, revised 2007

A Soul in Transition (text by the composer), tenor, baritone, bass, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2011


Variations on an Original Theme, 1973–79, revised 2008

Sonata No. 2, 'In Search', 1984, revised 2008

Toccata in the Manner of J. S. Bach in the 21st Century, 1986, revised 2000

Two Reflections, 1987

CorryvreckanWhirlpool between Jura and Scarba, 2 pianos, 2004

Three Human Attributes, piano 4 hands, 2008

Four Kinds of Love, 2008

Reformation, 2009


Homage to GFH, 2007


Tranquillity Zone (various works). Malcolm Dedman, electronic keyboard (Misty Mountain Music: MMM102, 2008)

Four Kinds of Love; Toccata in the Manner of J. S. Bach in the 21st Century; Two Reflections; Variations on an Original Theme (revised version); Sonata No. 2, 'In Search' (revised version); Corryvreckan; Three Human Attributes. Malcolm Dedman, electronic keyboard (Misty Mountain Music: MMM103, 2008)