Aled Smith


Aled Smith is a composer from Wrexham studying for a PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music with Adam Gorb and Emily Howard. Aled is a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Musician after winning the RPS ‘minicommission’ competition in 2013.

Aled Smith was born in Wrexham in 1990. He had an interest in music and art from an early age, he began playing guitar in his early teens and later, piano. His earliest, serious, composition efforts are from around age seventeen.

From 2009 to 2012 he studied music at Liverpool Hope University, during this time Aled took masterclasses in piano with Joanna Macgregor and extra composition lessons with Stephen Pratt which led to several commissions including two string quartets, for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Ensemble of St. Luke’s. After graduating with First Class Honours, Aled joined the Royal Northern College of Music, completing an MMus degree in composition with Distinction, studying under Gary Carpenter and Adam Gorb. Currently Aled is working on completing a PhD, supervised by Adam Gorb and Emily Howard at the Royal Northern College of Music.

He has written for a wide variety of artists and ensembles including: the Ensemble of St Luke’s, Sarah Bennett, The Sixteen, the JRNCM percussion ensemble, BBC Singers, the RNCM Brand New Orchestra and RNCM New Ensemble, Borealis Saxophone Quartet, Clare Hammond, Goska Isphording and Jenny Carson among others.

Aled is a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Musician after winning the RPS ‘minicommission’ competition (2013), to write a short piano work based on Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles… The winning work, ‘uncertain light’ received its premiere in the Royal Festival Hall, with internationally acclaimed pianist Alexandra Dariescu. He was highly commended in Ty Cerdd’s 2012 and 2013 composition competitions and was placed third in the British Harpsichord Society’s tenth anniversary competition, for ‘Box Toccata’. He was runner up in the RNCM Gold Medal Competition 2014.

Aled’s music has been performed across the UK and has been released on Prima Facie and featured on the Borealis Saxophone Quartet’s debut album ‘The North’.