Marc Yeats - Composer


His music is performed, commissioned and broadcast worldwide. Transduction, complex surface relationships, asynchronous alignments, contextual, harmonic and temporal ambiguities, polarised intensities and a visceral joy of sound are all primary concerns.

….‘how sour sweet music is, When time is broke and no proportion kept!’…. (William Shakespeare: Richard II, 5.5.42-9)


is pleased to announce the signing of leading contemporary composer Marc Yeats for management worldwide.

Marc Yeats is one of the UK’s leading contemporary composers with his works having been performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and stations across Europe, Asia and Australasia. Described by Sir Maxwell Davies as “breathtakingly original”, Marc’s music explores transduction, complex surface relationships, asynchronous alignments, contextual harmonic and temporal ambiguities, polarised intensities and a visceral joy of sound. For more information please contact Tremaine Richard-Noel via the contact page.


Marc’s music has received performances around the world including The Edinburgh String Quartet (UK), the Chamber Group of Scotland (UK), Psappha (UK), Geert Callaert (BE), the London Sinfonietta (UK), the Endymion Ensemble (UK), Paragon Ensemble (UK), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (UK), 175 East (N.Z.), Sarah Watts, SCAW (UK), Sarah Nicolls, Federico Mondelci, Contempo Ensemble (Italy), Rarescale (UK), The Scottish Clarinet Quartet (UK), Symposia (UK), the New York Miniaturists Ensemble (US), Trio IAMA (Greece), Dirk Amrein (Germany) Expatrio (UK), Chroma (UK), Kokoro (UK), Consortium5 (UK), Gleb Kanasevich (US) Ensemble Amorpha (UK), Meridian Brass (UK), Syzygy Ensemble (AU) Chamber Cartel (US) Carlton Vickers (US), XelmYa (DE) the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus (UK) conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Tokyo City Philharmonic (Japan) and Gewandhaus Radio Orchestra (Germany).

Marc was Composer-in-Residence to the Observatory 2015/16, Link HERE
Composer-in-Association with Chamber Cartel (Atlanta US) Link HERE
and was Composer-in-residence to Yeovil District and Dorchester County Hospitals. Link HERE

You can find me on the Noel Music Management Website.


Doctoral research at the University of Leeds as a WRoCAH Scholar and PhD candidate:

I’m thrilled to announce that the first of three huge orchestral works created as part of my University of Leeds School of Music WRoCAH funded PhD research into asynchronous composition for orchestras without conductors or orchestral scores, will be premiered on September the 8th., 2018 at st. Edmunds Church, Rounday, Leeds by the fabulous Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra with whom I have an exciting collaboration across the life of my PhD. This piece is huge; 5 of each wind and a saxophone quintet (with all the doublings represented), 8 horns, 8 trumpets etc., 2 harps, 5 percussion – it will be the largest orchestra I’ve ever written for, comprising 112-115 independent instrumental parts. The 30-minute work is called ‘the heaven that runs through everything’, a wonderful title inspired by a prize-winning poem of the same name, by my dear friend and fabulous writer, Rosie Jackson. The work is dedicated to another dear friend, the composer Gordon Crosse as a gift to celebrate his 80th birthday later this year. The piece will be premiered alongside Mahler’s 5th Symphony. More details to follow. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be writing for orchestra again. More info here.

Control, flexibility, Flux and Complexity: A Timecode-supported Approach to Polytemporal Orchestral Composition

Timecode-supported Polytemporal Music for orchestra is conductor-less and scoreless with each musician performing in simultaneously independent tempi from parts alone. This method offers new possibilities in writing and performing multi-tempi music by balancing composer control and player mediation to support structural coherence and flexible performance outcomes in through-composed, sonically complex orchestral music using managed flux. Working with the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, my research builds and tests new methodologies and repertoire in this undeveloped area of composition, producing a ‘how to’ tool-kit for other composers’ use.


Timecode-supported Polytemporal Orchestral Music: My current interests in composition involve creating fluid music that simultaneously brings together multiple, fully notated musical lines of material that operate in different, unrelated tempi, where notated material is fixed against part-embedded timecode read in conjunction with ensemble/orchestra-wide loosely synchronised mobile phone stopwatches that enable performers to reference their relative notational positions to their timeline positions in the music during performance, enabling high degrees of structural and architectural cohesion to be maintained despite the polytemporal, unsynchronised nature of the music. This polytemporal compositional approach explores the relationships between composer control and performer flexibility through mediation as well as virtuosity and structural cohesion, resulting in performances that, though never identical due to shifts in material contextual relationships, yield similar and recognisable versions of the original compositional model through the effective management of flux, producing performances that are always sympathetic and acceptable renditions to deliver dense, complex, polytemporal musical structures without a conductor and performed through parts alone.

observation 1.5 [no man’s land]: an example of an asynchronous trio.

and this: observation 3 [salt hill] for double string quartet and double bass


SATSYMPH LLP is international composer and visual artist Marc Yeats [centre]; poet, writer and context-aware media director and producer, Ralph Hoyte [right]; and coder, composer and audio engineer Phill Phelps [left]. SATSYMPH compose ‘context-aware soundworlds’ – located high-quality contemporary soundscape experiences outside in the real world triggered by GPS (satellite) signals. These ‘immersive soundworlds’ (or you can think of them as ‘virtual auditoria’) can be invested with contemporary music content, contemporary music/word fusions, poetry, heritage interpretive content, or with any desired audio content. SATSYMPH LLP was constituted in August 2011 and is registered with Companies House as a Limited liability Partnership. Marc is currently managing the App Building program for the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership: More HERE


Click HERE to discover more about Marc and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Click HERE for information about Marc’s awards, commissions, prizes and memberships.

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