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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.

  • Art on the platform at Crewe

    Professor Ambrose Field is part of a York research team working with Liverpool based artist Laurence Payot to create Living Sculpture (Virtual), on Platform 6 at Crewe Station from Friday 10th March.  More information here.  

  • Janathan Eato project shortlisted for a Museums and Heritage Innovation Award.

    A project which includes the work of Dr Jonathan Eato (Hannah Bruce Company on behalf of Hoxton Hall, The Hoxton Hall Experience: A Collection of Small Choices) has been shortlisted for a Museums and Heritage Innovation Award.    

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    Ann Cleare – Premiere of a new work with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin

    eyam v (woven) for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet and orchestra by Associate Lecturer in Composition Ann Cleare was premiered by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland at The National Concert Hall in Dublin on February 14th.

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    Catherine Laws performance with [rout] at audiograft, Oxford.

      [rout], the new music ensemble with whom Catherine Laws performs  keyboards, is giving the first performance of Paul Whitty’s somewhere a field on Thursday March 9th at audiograft, Oxford’s annual festival of  experimental music and sound. The piece is part of a research project  exploring the soundscape, and the use of sound-making devices, in a […]

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    Ligeti Quartet Composers Workshop Feb 28th 2017

    Ligeti Quartet Composers Workshop As part of the weekly CMRC Composers Seminars, the Ligeti Quartet visited the department on 28th February 2017 for a workshop with undergraduate and postgraduate composers. Works by Jia Chai, Florencia Frete, Patrick Jones, Shu-Yu Lin, Neil Luck, Catherine Robson, Gabriel Williams, James Williamson, Carlos Zamora were workshopped during the day […]

  • Roger Marsh premiere in Bangor

    A new piano trio by Roger Marsh –  ‘Cracks’  – was premiered at the Bangor Music Festival on Feb 18th by the Fidelio Trio.   Marsh also gave a pre-concert talk and adjudicated a competition for young composers.  The following day four numbers from his vocal work Pierrot Lunaire 50 Rondels Bergamasques were performed in a recital entitled ‘Shades of Pierrot’.

  • UK Vibe review of Nduduzo Makhathini concert at cmrc

    Nduduzo Makhathini @ York Photos: Courtesy Lucy Barker To start with a confession. There was a time when I didn’t really enjoy live music. Even now I find that my experiences can be negatively impacted by so many factors, many of which are beyond my control. It could be a hard day at work, a […]

  • Thomas Simaku Performance at Hull 2017 – City of Culture

    Thomas Simaku’s ‘Solar’ for Trumpet, Violin & Piano was performed at Middleton Hall of the University of Hull on 3rd February, in their opening concert of spring 2017 series , which included works by Arvo Pärt and Sibelius. Performed by Simon Desbruslais, Fenella Humphrey and Libby Burgess, ‘Solar’ is based on Philip Larkin’s well-known poem […]

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    Postgraduate forum, 2 March 2017

    Come and join us in the Music Research Centre on Thursday 2nd March for another day full of varied and exciting snapshots into the work of the music department’s postgraduate community. All students are invited to submit posters (deadline February 23rd) for the spring forum in March 2017 – it’s a fantastic way to show […]

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    Piano Concerto shortlisted for SAfNM honour

    Music Department Senior Lecturer Martin Suckling’s Piano Concerto has been shortlisted in the Large Scale Work category of the inaugural Scottish Awards for New Music.

  • James Williamson featured composer

    James Williamson is this month’s featured composer for the New Oboe Music Project. His piece ‘The Fifth Element’ for solo oboe is part of the feature, as well as being published by Composers Edition.

  • New Zamora Perez cantata premiered

    On Decembre 21st the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Pudahuel and the San Sebastian University Choir (both from Santiago, Chile) premiered the cantata “Cantos por la Paz” (Songs for Peace) by Carlos Zamora.

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    Thomas Simaku at Prague Academy

    Thomas Simaku’s music was featured at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

    https://www.amu.cz/en on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016. His award-winning work, ‘Voci Celesti – String Quartet No. 3’, was given its Czech Premiere by the acclaimed quartet ‘FAMA Q’, who regularly perform works by 20th & 21st century composers. http://www.festival.cz/en/performer/fama_q