Marcus Blunt was born in Birmingham in 1947. Although around the age of 9 he had piano lessons from his father for a year or more, and made his first attempts at composition, his interest in music did not really take off until he was 14. He went on to study composition at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, graduating in 1970. After a remarkably wide variety of abodes – in rural Warwickshire, Manchester, York, and London – and occupations – ranging from warehouse packer and photographic processor to department manager at a music publishers – he settled in Derby in 1976 as a teacher of woodwind instruments. In 1990 he and his wife Maureen decided to seek a more congenial environment for his composing work, and are now enjoying the gentler pace of life just North of the Border. In 1997 Dumfries Music Club appointed him as their Hon. Composer-in-Residence.


Andiamo Fagotto – Let’s go Bassoon! @ The Bothy, Aberdeen
Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm

Journey in time, space and imagination as Lesley Wilson plays music that will amuse and intrigue!

Hear how differently composers have thought about the bassoon between the 18th century and our own era. Alongside a piece by Vivaldi, Lesley will perform works she has commissioned (and recorded) from Janet Beat, Marcus Blunt and Roger Williams and is delighted to premiere Gemma McGregor’s Strange Fish in today’s recital.