Oliver Christophe Leith (b.1990) is a London based composer, writing acoustic and electronic music for concerts, films and dance. Tunes and sounds have been performed by the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera North Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, plus-minus ensemble, Loré Lixenberg, Explore ensemble and Exaudi and at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House, Handel House, St Martins-in-the-fields, Leeds Lieder, LSO St. Lukes, The Place, the Barbican cinema, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Maison Canada and L’Espace Maurice Fleuret.
He was the recipient of a Royal Philharmonic Composition prize (2014), a participant on SAM’s ‘Next Wave’ scheme and currently a member of LSO Soundhub scheme.
In 2014-15 Oliver was a fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he has studied with Richard Baker, Paul Newland and Julian Philips and had attained a MMus (distinction) in composition supported by The Countess of Munster Trust and the Guildhall School Trust. He is a fan of scientific illustrations, gardening, tapestry and empty images.
The title came before the piece that might be obvious. I thought I might try and write a piece akin to those relaxing piped tapes but apparently I couldn’t. I had not been to a spa when I wrote the piece but have since been to one - Rudas baths in Budapest. My piece, as it turns out, is not at all like a spa other than that, at times, it sounds like water.
Commissioned by City Music Foundation, A Day at the Spa received its premiere performance on 7 July 2015. Performed by Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet, at St Martins in the Field.