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  • 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).

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Thomas Simaku – World Premiere on BBC Radio 3

    Thomas Simaku’s new work, ‘The Scream’ for 34 solo strings, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 20th November 2017. The BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by King’s College Director of Music Stephen Cleobury.  For full details see here Thomas Simaku in his programme note writes: ‘The iconic painting by Edvard Munch […]

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    Ann Cleare Australian premiere.

    Ann Cleare‘s new piece surface station #2: the relighting of the sun receives its Australian premiere in Perth’s Totally Huge New Music Festival on October 28th, and from there will tour to venues in Sydney and Melbourne on November 1st and November 2nd.

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    Thomas Simaku – World Premiere in Prague

    Thomas Simaku’s work for solo piano, raggio lunare, will receive its world premiere at the Academy of Performing Arts, Martinu Hall, in Prague on 4 November 2017. The work will be performed by Egli Prifti, who has focused on Simaku’s music as part of his doctoral programme.

  • James Williamson’s Fault-Klang for solo bass clarinet

    James Williamson’s Fault-Klang for solo bass clarinet will be performed by Psappha ensemble in their 2017/2018 concert season. (Link and details below).
     
    Fault-Klang was written as part of Psappha’s “writing for…” scheme in 2016, in collaboration with clarinetist Dov Goldberg.
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    BBC Radio 3 / Wellcome Collection festival features Martin Suckling premiere

    The world premiere of Martin Suckling’s String Quintet at 1pm on Sunday 15th October at the Wellcome Collection will be broadcast live on Radio 3 as part of Why Music? The Key to Memory.  Martin’s quintet, alongside poetry by Frances Leviston, was commissioned by Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra, supported by Bio Nano Consulting Ltd for the dissemination of PETMEM (piezoelectronic Transduction Memory Device), an EU Horizon 2020-funded project exploring low-voltage memory technologies. more here

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    Thomas Simaku – World Premiere: ‘The Scream’ for String Orchestra, Cambridge, 17 November 2017

    Thomas Simaku – World Premiere: ‘The Scream’ for String Orchestra

    Based on Edvard Munch’s iconic painting, Thomas Simaku’s new work will receive its world premiere in Cambridge on 17 November 2017 as part of the Concerts at King’s series.

    The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by King’s College Director of Music Stephen Cleobury.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/concerts-at-kings/index.html

  • Zamora ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ shortlisted

    Carlos Zamora’s chor piece “O Magnum Mysterium” was shortlisted at the 2nd MICF Composition Competition in the Malta International Choir Festival.

  • Ben Eyes works as sound designer and engineer for the Jane Horrocks show “Cotton Panic” at Manchester International Festival.

    PhD Composition student Ben Eyes is currently working as sound designer and sound engineer for the Jane Horrocks show “Cotton Panic” at Manchester International Festival.                                                                   The show, based on the story of the cotton famine in Lancashire in 1861, when cotton mill workers came out in solidarity with the emancipation of slaves in […]

  • ICAD Award to Ben Eyes and James Cave

    Ben Eyes and James Cave won an award at the International Community for Auditory Display conference 2017 at Penn State, for ‘Best Use of Sound’.

  • Ann Cleare’s Miller Theatre Concert previewed in the New York Times

    Miller Theatre in New York City has unveiled its 2017-18 season, which is to include an evening length Portrait Concert of Composer Ann Cleare, Associate Lecturer of Composition in the Music Department. The new season was officially announced on The New York Times: “Six living composers have been deemed ready for their close-ups in next season’s vital Composer Portraits series at the […]

  • Nicola LeFanu on BBC

    BBC Radio 3 celebrated the 70th birthday of Emeritus Professor Nicola LeFanu by selecting her as Composer of the Week. Ten hours of broadcasting, music and interviews, provided a full retrospective of her career. Listen to it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08n20j6 LeFanu’s birthday has also been marked by an interview on BBCRadio4 ‘Front Row’, by a major […]

  • The Magic Paintbrush (By Helen Madden) and Greenacre School Anthem (By Judith Weir and Helen Madden).

    Feb 13th and 15th 2017 saw two very special performances of ‘The Magic paintbrush’, a folk opera written for professional performers and school children. Performers ranged from 7 year old primary students to special needs college students who wanted to take their drama skills outside of the classroom. iPads were used to create occasional soundscapes to enable non vocal performers to contribute musically. All projected artwork was produced by students from the participating primary schools.

  • New improvisation album by Federico Reuben and Paulina Owczarek

      A.I.LOVEs2scream captures a recent improvisation session by Federico Reuben (live coding / electronics) and Paulina Owczarek (alto saxophone). The album is released on the squib-box netlabel and you can listen to and purchase it here: https://squib-box.bandcamp.com/album/a-i-loves2scream

  • Ricardo Alvarez Bulacio in Hull and Sheffield

    Ricardo Alvarez Bulacio took part in two international conferences this month, presenting  postdoctoral work developed at the Humanities Research Centre. In April he presented it at the Musical Cultures Conference, University of Hull and at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, University of Sheffield.

  • Catherine Laws in Ireland and Finland

    Catherine Laws gave a keynote address and a performance at ‘Embodied Monologues’, an international symposium of practitioner-researchers in music, theatre and dance, at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, on March 31st.  On April 29th she will present a keynote speech at ‘Please Specify!: Sharing Artistic Research Across Disciplines’, the conference of the International  Society […]

  • Summer Composition Seminars

    Composition Seminars begin again on April 25th with a special seminar/recital presented by Tom Williams and Juliana Yaffe (Coventry University). See the full list.