Kerry Andrew wins two BASCA Composers Awards in 2014
Kerry Andrew has won two gongs at the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers Awards 2014 for in the Community or Educational Project, and Stage Works categories.
Kerry’s Woodwose: A community chamber opera was commissioned by the Wigmore Hall for the Britten centenary and was performed by 140 diverse members of the Westminster community aged from 8 to over 80 alongside tenor Andrew Kennedy and Wigmore Hall Learning’s resident ensemble Ignite. It centres on the mysterious character Woodwose – Wigmore Hall’s very own wild man of the woods and was inspired by Britten’s well-known love of folk song.
The chamber opera Dart’s Love was commissioned by Tête à Tête and the initial inspiration came from Andrew’s love of wild swimming. The story, with libretto by Tamsin Collison, is inspired by the legend of the River Dart and floods in the South West in 2012/13.
Full details of all the 2014 BASCAs can be found at http://basca.org.uk/2014/12/02/british-composer-awards-the-winners/
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 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.