I Fagiolini premieres new work by William Brooks on Radio 3
Robert Hollingworth and Department associate ensemble I Fagiolini gave the first performance of a new Shakespeare setting by Professor William Brooks on Monday 11 April 2016
The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from Wigmore Hall London. The sonnet set by Brooks is an irreverent set of puns on the word ‘Will’. Brooks’s equally irreverent setting mixes Schubert, country-western, Bobby McFerrin, and “How Dry I Am” into a quodlibet—a ‘what-you-will.’
I Fagiolini performed the work alongside contemporary settings by Janet Wheeler and Adrian Williams, and English madrigals from the early 17th century.
The concert can be heard on BBC iPlayer until 10 May 2016.
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.
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.
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 the general public, reinforcing the depth and breadth of new music activity in Scotland. The awards event will be held at the Drygate Brewery, Glasgow on Wednesday 7 March 2017.
PhD student Patrick John Jones has been selected for PRS for Music’s new scheme for composers, Accelerate.
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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.