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‘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, anger and grief […] an enthralling score” and by the Scotsman as “a moving elegy.” Herald Scotland highlighted the music’s “broad and dynamic palette,” while for the Courier it was “certainly innovative and did capture the feelings of November 1918.”
The community engagement activities driving the project have also been widely noted. The Carluke Gazette carries an interview with one of the contributors of bell recordings, while BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood draws attention to the geographical scope of the project and concludes their Remembrance Sunday edition with an extract from a version of the piece for multi-tracked violins, performed by Martin (from around 26′). Creative learning was the focus of The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald’s feature on Martin’s return to his hometown: ‘Composer inspires East Dunbartonshire pupils
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 McIlwrath, Neil masterminded three pieces in an event described by the Guardian as a ‘teasing, challenging new-music bill’.  Proms at …

  • Andreas Tsiartis a winner in Discovering Young Composers of Europe

    His new work will be performed by four different ensembles in four European cities and released on CD in 2020

    The objective of Discovering Young Composers of Europe (DYCE) Competition was to bring together the four regions of Europe (North, South, East, West) by inviting the composition students and alumni of all European Academies, Conservatories and Universities to submit a work.

  • 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.