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Ewan is a composer, conductor and curator. His recent orchestral piece Frail Skies, premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall, was described as displaying an “ability to create atmosphere and colour, but also an understanding of dramatic impetus” (Bachtrack). Often inspired by everyday phenomena, Ewan’s music features quotidian sounds, while his cartographic scores, in collaboration with Ordnance Survey, are written directly onto maps: “songlines wrapped as contours and slopes” (Robert Macfarlane).
Ewan is a keen collaborator with other artistic mediums and has worked extensively with choreographers, filmmakers, visual artists and theatre companies. In 2015-16 Ewan worked with the Dr K Sextet on the Pierrot Project, which nurtured collaborations with visual artists.
As well as the Director of Music at Churchill and Murray Edwards Colleges, Ewan directs the Wilderness Orchestra and Choir, who perform his orchestral arrangements of artists such as Radiohead, David Bowie, Aphex Twin and Nina Simone. At the Wilderness Festival he has worked with a diverse roster of soloists including Charlotte Church, Camille O’Sullivan, and beatboxers Shlomo and Reeps One. The orchestra also create technologically innovative performances with companies such as Google and Experian.
Music-making at Churchill has a tradition of being friendly, inclusive, diverse in style and of high quality. The choirs, ensembles and societies welcome participation from all the College's constituencies (undergraduates, advanced students, Fellows and staff). Furthermore, Ewan seeks to encourage musical collaborations with Churchill's neighbouring colleges, and the wider musical world.