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The Canadian League of Composers

Associate Composer-Canadian Music Centre

Playwrights Guild of Canada 

Canadian Aboriginal Music Award (special jury prize-Music Industry)

Herbert Drost Award- B.C. Choral Federation

Eric Harvie  Award-Charlottetown Festival PEI

Composer-in-Residence- Vancouver Bach Choir

Composer-in-Residence -Vancouver Chamber Choir (Two residencies)

Composer-in-Residence- Charlottetown Festival- PEI

Composer-in Residence-Vancouver Playhouse

Composer-in-Residence- The Abbotsford Symphony

Composer-in-Residence-Charlottetown Festival

Associate Music Director for two seasons-Charlottetown Festival

Finalist- Composer-in-Residence- Canadian Opera Company

 

Hello friends, and many thanks for taking the time to visit my website.

Here are some things that I am working on right now.

The Healing Heart of the First People of this Land, a full-length Symphony initially premiered by The Seattle Symphony under the direction of Gerard Schwarz to a sold-out Mark Taper Auditorium in Benaroya Hall. The Symphony was performed for the second time by the Western Symphony Orchestra at the University of Western Washington on Nov 9, 2022, under the direction of Ryan Dudenbostel. The work played to more than a thousand audience members and was live-streamed.

A feature documentary on the creation of this work, titled The Healing Heart of Lushootseed, will have its world premiere at Seattle University-March 29 2023.

The Five Seasons is a full-length performance work for eight singers and nine instrumentalists. The world premiere was scheduled for three performances in The Chan Centre, Vancouver, in collaboration with the David Suzuki Foundation, to celebrate their thirty-year anniversary however the pandemic caused the cancellation of the rehearsals and performances. I am working tirelessly on getting the work onto a stage.

The Five Seasons is made possible by a generous gift from Haida artist, poet, singer, and dancer, Robert Davidson, and a grant from the Music Division of the Canada Council.

The Plague Diaries is a new music/theatre (lyric drama) creation funded by the Music Division of  The Canada Council. The work is inspired by Shakespeare’s isolation periods in London during the plague outbreaks and the political and social upheavals of the late 1500,s in London England. Besides Shakspeare, the other characters include Kit Marlow, Ben Johnson, a Plague Doctor, a young North African woman raised in an Upper-class British family, and a North African musician who is rehearsing Titus Andronicus in the role of Aaron and is reading the first draft of Othello.

The work will illustrate the fierce conflict between Shakespeare’s desire to create artistic works with political implications and the forces of the Clergy: “The plague was caused by sin and sin is caused by plays.”

Late To The Party is a record album I am writing with singer/guitarist/composer, Ted Ritchie.  Redwing Curl, Forevermore, and The Goodbye Song are all on YouTube. 

Thanks for the visit. Much appreciated.

Bruce

If you would like to contact me, here’s my email address:

bruceruddell123@gmail.com

Image and photo of The Raven screen by Gwaai Edenshaw. It is the front screen for my music theatre piece Beyond Eden. Bio photo taken by Art Lucs

 

 

 

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