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Born 1990, Harm Roché van Tiddens composed his first work at the age of 22 under the tutelage of Hans Roosenschoon, although, he started writing light music at the age of 16 with a protest song against child soldiers in Africa. He was awarded the Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Scholarship for composition in 2014 and 2015. He completed a Masters in Composition at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, while researching the spectral music scene in South Africa.
In March of 2016, Roché’s work for Brass Quintet was performed at the ISCM World Music Days in South Korea. At the end of the year 2016 he moved to Birmingham, UK, to study composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Dr Andrew Hamilton and Dr Sean Clancy as teachers.
In February 2017 he was selected to take part in the Young Composer’s Meeting in Apeldoorn with the Orkest de Ereprijs where he won the prize to write for the Internationale Stichting Masterclasses in Apeldoorn 2017.
At the end of 2018 he participated in the two-week Sonic Mmabolela artist’s residency, organised by Francisco López and Barbara Ellison on the Mmabolela game reserve, Limpopo River, South Africa. During the residency he continued to develop his creative knowledge on working with sound environments. Roché has a fascination for nature and the sounds that occur in the African ‘bushveld’ and his work stems from a close interaction with sound environments.
He is also a music teacher and is passionate about teaching creativity. Together with Lucinda Watts he hosts the Crab Music workshops in the Hague, the Netherlands.