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  • Postgraduate Forum September 27th

    See the full timetable.

  • 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

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

    The University of York invites applications for PhD research in any area of Music.  A number of fully-funded studentships are available for outstanding candidates.

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  • Carlos Zamora premieres

    The Antara Ensemble premiered “Sonidos II” by Carlos Zamora at the 5º International Flute Convention in Paris on 21st of October at the Maurice Ravel Conservatory. The piece was performed in Lyon and York as well and specially created this year for the occasion.
    In Chile, on Ocotber 29th,  the Latin American String Quartet from Mexico premiered Zamora’s String Quartet Nº3 at  Nescafé Theatre of the Arts in Santiago. The piece has also been programmed to be performed in Berlin on December 2nd at the Cervantes Institute by the Quartet Latin Strings.
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    Rose Hall opera premiered in London

    PhD composer Rose Miranda Hall and Lila Palmer have been chosen by the Helios Collective for Formations 2016 where three brand new operas (Dead Equal by Rose Hall, For the Love of Thorstein Shiver by Alex Paxton and The Yellow Wallpaper by Grace-Evangeline Mason) will be workshopped and performed in London in November. Following the […]

  • Poor Yorick CD release

    A new CD – Poor Yorick, composed by Roger Marsh for the Hilliard Ensemble in 2013 – is now available here.

  • New Piano Concerto Is Top Guardian Pick

    The premiere of a new piano concerto by Music Department Senior Lecturer Martin Suckling tops the Guardian’s ‘Five of the Best Classical Concerts’.  The piece, written for acclaimed pianist Tom Poster, and inspired by a poem by Niall Campbell, is part of Dr Suckling’s continuing collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as their Associate Composer, […]

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    World premiere of Simaku’s Herkommann Aria

    Thomas Simaku’s new solo work, Herkommann Aria, received its world premiere at Kuks International Festival in Prague, on 23 July 2016, performed by the leading Czech clarinettist Ludmila Peterkova.

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    Federico Reuben improvisation concert at York Spring Festival

    Federico Reuben was joined by Rachel Musson (sax) and Mark Sanders (drums) for an improvisation concert on the 5th of May during the York Spring Festival.

  • Carlos Zamora performances in Easter Island

     Three woodwind quintets by Carlos Zamora Perez were performed in Easter Island on August 4, 5 and 6 by the CODA Woodquintet in four concerts. All the quintets have two movements based on Latin American dances.  The concerts were in diferent places on the Island and were financed by the Chilean Ministry of Culture.