• National Radio of Finland Simaku broadcast available online

    Following the success at the 2019 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)  – World Music Days , Thomas Simaku’s most recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been broadcast by four European radio stations. The latest programme was on National Radio of Finland on 3rd September – the programme is available for 30 days at the following […]

  • Current and former students selected as 2019-20 RPS Composers

    The Royal Philharmonic Society have announced the latest members of their prestigious Emerging Composers scheme, including Robin Haigh, currently studying for a PhD at York with Martin Suckling, and Joel Järventausta, a former York undergraduate. Robin receives a £2500 commission to write for the 2020 Presteigne Festival, while Joel has a £2500 commission to write for […]

  • Martin Suckling on Radulescu at IRCAM

    Back in June Martin was invited to speak about Radulescu’s seminal solo viola piece Das Andere alongside violist Garth Knox at the Spectralisms conference in IRCAM. Videorecordings of all sessions in the conference were made and can be viewed here: Spectralisms2019.


  • Neil Luck features in 2019 BBC Proms

    Praise for Music Dept students featured in BBC Proms   Following on from his specially-commissioned Radio 3 takeover to extend the Last Night of the Proms 2018, Music Department PhD student Neil Luck was invited to contribute a live set as part of 2019’s first ‘Proms at…’ event.  Joined by second year undergraduate Rebecca Burden and former student James […]

  • Andreas Tsiartis a winner in Discovering Young Composers of Europe

    PNOÉ to be recorded for CD release in 2020 and performed by four different ensembles across Europe

  • Thomas Simaku selected for the ISCM – World Music Days 2019

      His work will be performed by a Grammy Award-winning ensemble Thomas Simaku’s recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been selected by the international jury for performance at the 2019 ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music)  – World Music Days, which takes place in Estonia from 2 – 10 May. […]

  • Faber Music publish new edition of Suckling’s Three Venus Haiku

    Previously available on special sale and now in a beautifully produced new edition from Faber Music, these three exquisite miniatures – composed in 2009 and lasting a total of 5 minutes – are responses to the poetry of George Bruce. In the first, soloist and piano are fused together as a single instrument, as if […]

  • 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 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. 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. 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!)

  • 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, […]