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  • York composition students work with internationally acclaimed musicians

    York composition students have had their music performed by one of Europe’s top string quartets. During an all-day long event, eight new pieces by undergraduate, MA, and PhD students were workshopped and performed by the Paris-based Quatuor Diotima – the department’s Artist-in-association, on Tuesday, 20th November. The event was streamed to students of the Royal […]

  • ‘Baza’ by Federico Reuben and Kamil Korolczuk

    Federico Reuben has a new release on cassette tape (and digital) out on Berlin based label tmrw>. It is a live recording of an improvisation concert with Kamil Korolczuk that took place in at the iconic bar in Krakow called Baza. For the session, Federico used a live coding environment that he is developing as […]

  • ‘Armistice Bells’ project featured in national and local print and broadcast media

    Several media outlets have highlighted the collaboration between the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Martin Suckling commemorating the Armistice Centenary. Receiving its premiere performances in St Andrew’s, Edinburgh and Glasgow last week, Meditation (after Donne) for orchestra and live electronics was acclaimed by the Telegraph as “impressively immediate, thoroughly captivating, […] meld[ing] together with uncanny ease the somewhat contradictory senses of celebration, […]

  • Armistice Centenary composition premieres across Scotland

      Martin Suckling’s Meditation (after Donne), for chamber orchestra and live electronics receives its premiere performances from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow on 7, 8, 9 November. Responding to the SCO commission to mark the 1918 Armistice centenary, SCO Associate Composer Martin Suckling sought innovative ways to engage people throughout […]

  • AHRC White Rose (WRoCAH) funding for Doctoral Research in Music at the University of York

    Looking for PhD funding? WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2019 is now open! The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the […]

  • Thomas Simaku – Klangforum Wien World Premiere

    York composer’s new work receives its world premiere by one of Europe’s finest ensembles of contemporary music   Thomas Simaku’s new work Klang Inventions, written for and dedicated to the musicians of the prestigious ensemble Klangforum of Vienna, received its world premiere at the 10th Pharos Foundation International Festival in Nicosia on 12 October 2018. […]

  • ‘Her High Noise’ by HRH Trio

    Federico Reuben has a new improvisation album out on the squib-box net label with a new trio with Mark Hanslip and Paul Hession. Mark Hanslip will also be starting a PhD at York this October and joining the crmc. The album is fully improvised and recorded in one take with DIY equipment. For the session, […]

  • Thomas Simaku receives PRS Foundation Award

    Thomas Simaku has received a PRS Foundation award from the Composers’ Fund in association with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The grant of £10,000 will contribute substantially towards the cost of recording and producing a new CD on the Swedish Label BIS Records. The CD will include two string quartets, works for solo piano and a piano […]

  • Chang Seok Choi CD and score publication

    A new CD including  Animus for Flute, Clarinet, violin, Cello and Piano (2015) by Chang Seok Choi has been just released today by ABLAZE Records.  Chang completed his PhD at York in 2016.   ar-00041 Pierrot Ensemble Series Vol. 2 www.ablazerecords.net In addition to that, the score of Chang’s string quartet Jogakdeul (Fragments) I for […]

  • Roller Trio album recorded at cmrc

    PhD composition students James Mainwaring and Ben Eyes have collaborated on the new Roller Trio Album “New Devices” released today on Edition Records. The band recorded the album in several sessions in the SSL Duality equipped Trevor Jones studio.  Ben engineered and saw the sessions ran smoothly whilst the band improvised on themes and ideas, creating […]

  • Ann Cleare on magnetic fields

    A new version of Ann Cleare’s work on magnetic fields will receive a world premiere in London this Thursday, June 14th at Goldsmith University’s Great Hall. Originally for two violin soloists and large ensemble, Riot Ensemble will premiere a second version of the piece for two violins and electronics. You can read a pre-concert interview between Ann and […]

  • John Stringer performances in Japan and Italy

    Rika Zayasu gave the Japanese premiere of John Stringer’s Disquiet II  at Tokyo’s Art Space in March and Joseph Houston will give the Italian premiere in October in Ascoli as part of the Nuovi Spazi Musicali festival. Disquiet II (Video)

  • Thomas Simaku Lectures and Masterclasses in Vienna and Prague

      Thomas Simaku visited the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where he gave a lecture for the composition class of Professor Michael Jarrell  on 25 April 2018. Entitled from ‘1 to 100 (…and a few in between)’, in this lecture Simaku focused on his Soliloquy Cycle – a series of highly virtuosic […]

  • Ann Cleare in Israel

    The music of Associate lecturer Ann Cleare had its Israeli premiere on May 7th at Tel Aviv’s Felcija Blumenthal Music Festival. The festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, hosts composers and performers from around the world, with the aim of enriching the fields of classical and contemporary music in Israel. Two pieces of Cleare’s music were presented: the square of […]

  • iKhambi Album Nominated for Two SAMA Awards

      South African pianist and composer Nduduzo Makhathini’s latest album, iKhambi, has been nominated for two South African Music Awards in the categories of ‘Best Jazz Album’ and ‘Best Engineered Album’.   Makhathini visited York twice as a team member of the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship run by Jonathan Eato (the University of York) […]

  • The Fidelio Trio May 9/10

    The Fidelio Trio give a concert on Wednesday May 9th at 7.30, to include the second performance of the trio Cracks written for them by Roger Marsh in 2017. http://yorkconcerts.co.uk/programme/fideliotrio/ The Trio will also present a seminar on writing for piano trio on Thursday May 10th at 2pm (Rymer Auditorium), which will include a complete […]

  • British composers from York broadcast in Chile

    Music by Thomas Simaku, Roger Marsh, James Williamson and Owen Russell has been broadcast in Chile. The works “Concerto for Orchestra” (2013) by Thomas Simaku, “Stepping Out for Piano and Orchestra” (1990) by Roger Marsh, “Migrations” (2018) by Owen Russell, and “Happy Are They Who Dwell In Your House” (2017-18) by James Williamson, were broadcast […]

  • Carlos Zamora news

    Carlos Zamora has had a busy few months.   In February 14th the Concerto for Recorders and Chamber Orchestra was world premiered at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall with the soloist Carmen Troncoso and the University of York Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carlos Zamora. On March 24 the piece “Chacabuco-a Prayer in the Desert” was […]

  • CMRC members featured in new album release

        Works by Federico Reuben, Lynette Quek and Neil Luck are featured as part of a new album on the squib-box label exploring experimental uses of the Japanese vocal synthesis software ‘Vocaloid’.   Released earlier this month, the album New Vocal Solutions (sampler) is free to stream and download here. Squib-box is a net label […]

  • Radio 3 in Concert features Martin Suckling’s Candlebird

    Originally commissioned by the London Sinfonietta in 2011 and receiving widespread critical acclaim at its premiere, Candlebird, a poignant song-cycle for baritone and ensemble setting texts by Scottish poet Don Paterson was performed by Mark Stone with the Aurora Orchestra under conductor Nicholas Collon at King’s Place, London on 7th April and will be broadcast on BBC […]

  • York goes to Hanover Square

    An event organised by the Laurence Sterne Trust in central London on Thursday March 22nd involves a good deal of York participation.  Curated by musician and broadcaster David Owen Norris, the event, in St George’s Hanover Square, marks the 250th anniversary of Sterne’s funeral, which was held in that very church (also known as the Handel Church).

  • cmrc on Radio 3

    Federico Reuben and Neil Luck were featured on Radio 3’s Hear and Now on Saturday March 3. Gaia Blandina was among the performers, too. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tmhvc Next week’s episode (March 10) also features James Williamson’s Fault-Klang with Psappha…. (conveniently following on from his orchestral piece in the Lyons Concert Hall that night!) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09v5b46

  • Portrait Concert of Ann Cleare’s Music at Miller Theatre, New York

      An evening-length portrait of Associate Lecturer Ann Cleare’s music took place at Miller Theatre in New York on March 1st. The series has developed into “one of the most important habitats in New York’s new-music ecosystem”, each concert presenting an evening-long exploration of the work of a single living artist. The International Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by Steve […]

  • James Cave wins Laurence Sterne prize

    James Cave has been announced as the winner of the  ‘Same Notes – Ten Times Sweeter’ Competition This competition was for a piece for unaccompanied descant or treble recorder, three to four minutes long. The  piece will be performed by Carmen Troncoso in St. George’s Hanover Square, London on March 22nd 2018 as part of […]

  • James Cave’s Ave Maria

    James Cave’s setting of ‘Ave Maria’, commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of York Minster for the Nine Lessons and Carols 2016, has been selected for inclusion on a new CD of pieces written for York Minster, to be released on Regent Records later this year. James’ work will be recorded by the Minster choir, […]

  • Martin Suckling shortlisted in Scottish Awards for New Music 2018

    For the second year running, Martin Suckling features in the Scottish Awards for New Music.  His flute concerto, The White Road, premiered last February by Katherine Bryan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, is shortlisted in the ‘Large Scale Work (11+ performers) sponsored by PRS for Music’ category.  Over 180 nominations were submitted by artists, audience members and […]

  • Patrick John Jones chosen for new PRS Accelerate scheme

    PhD student Patrick John Jones has been selected for PRS for Music’s new scheme for composers, Accelerate. This will feature a performance on Thursday 22nd November 2018 given by the Berkeley Ensemble featuring works by all the composers on the project, as well workshops with the group and mentoring from John Woolrich. Read more about the project here.

  • Performances across continents for Martin Suckling

    On Friday 12th January, Martin Suckling’s new string quintet, Emily’s Electrical Absence, a collaboration with poet Frances Leviston and scientists from the PETMEM consortium, receives its premiere in London as part of the ‘Time Unwrapped’ series at King’s Place.  The following day in New York City, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble give the second US […]

  • Federico Reuben in Journal of Music, Technology and Education

    The Journal of Music, Technology and Education recently published a special edition on the Online Orchestra, an Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded project that run between October 2014 to March 2016. Federico Reuben contributed to this project as lead software developer and as a composer of a piece for female choir, string orchestra, brass and […]

  • York students collaborate on Bollywood Jazz Project

    PhD students Beau Stocker, James Cave and Ben Eyes have collaborated with professional singer Supriya Nagarajan and musician Matt Redman on a world music project that brings together classical Bollywood themes and jazz music.  The project, backed by the Arts Council, has been devised by Supriya to bring Bollywood music to a new audience and […]

  • Ann Cleare at Huddersfield and in Europe

    Ann Cleare’s work the square of yellow light that is your window will receive its UK premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Saturday, November 25th. Written for saxophone, piano, percussion, and electric guitar, Ensemble Nikel have previously presented this piece at Adevantgarde Festival in Munich, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik in Austria, and will also be performing it at Ultraschall Festival, Berlin in January 2018. The piece will be […]

  • Quatuor Diotima in residence

    Ensemble-in-association Quatour Diotima have been working with undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of their residency in the Music Department. Over the course of a three – day visit last week the Paris-based quartet gave a concert in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall performing works by Szymanowski, Ravel and Schubert. They also worked with […]