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Rose Hall opera premiered in London

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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 success of Formations 2015, where three new operas were developed over a period of two weeks, Formations returns this year hosted by English National Opera and Kings College London with Masterclasses of the three operas run by Janis Kelly, Mark Wigglesworth, Jonathan Moore, David Poutney and Judith Weir with the final performance at ENO, Lillian Bayliss House 25th November. MA Student Caolan Keaveny has been chosen to co-direct the opera with Helena Jackson and joined the Dead Equal team in September.

Read more about Dead Equal and the Helios Collective in the latest blog post from conductor Noah Mosley https://helioscollectiveblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/dead-equal-formations-2016/ 

Dead Equal

Composer – Rose Miranda Hall

Book & Lyrics – Lila Palmer

Directors – Helena Jackson & Caolan Keaveny 

‘Special Treatment.’ ‘Falling standards.’ ‘Rising casualties.’ In 2016, a chorus of critical voices lamented the entry of British Servicewomen into full combat roles in the Army. But in 1916, one British woman was already fighting on the Allied frontline. Flora Sandes became a public heroine. A century later, her successors go operational. 

Through the stories of three women, real and imagined, Dead Equal celebrates the courage and sacrifice of women in theatres of war, probing the cost and meaning of service; the influence of social structures, and the disruptive power of a female identity forged in blood and sweat

  • Postgraduate Forum September 27th

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    9:00 – Coffee – MRC Foyer
    10.00 – Lecture Recital: Beau Stocker (percussion) – Rymer Auditorium
    (Chair: Carmen Troncoso)
    Drums – Timbre – Africa – Rhythm – Improvisation
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    11:00 – Coffee – MRC Foyer
    11:30 – Paper Session 1 – Rymer Auditorium (Chair: Catherine Fahy)
    Helen Diggle – “Such a Lappish Thing that it Cannot Be Translated”: Joik as a
    Reimagined Method of Communication
    James Redelinghuys – African Eyes, African-ize, African Ass
    Katherine O’Neill – The way you make me feel’ An investigation into the effect
    of induced empathy on subjective response to music
    13:00 – Lunch – MRC Foyer
    14:00 – Composition Workshop – Jack Lyons (Chair: Dr Martin Suckling)
    Carlo Banhos Estolano – Liv 10 Anos (flute quartet, classical guitar and
    percussion)
    Catherine Robson (Clarinet, Alto Sax., Viola, Double bass)
    Stefano Gioffré – Obviously it’s love (String quartet)
    Shu-Yu Lin – String quartet
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    15:30 – Coffee – MRC Foyer
    16:00 – Paper Session 2 – Rymer Auditorium (Chair: Owen Burton)
    Neil Luck – Operatic Mass Actions – A report on a collaborative ‘City-Opera’
    project for Aarhus 2017
    Lizzie Kirk – Community Music in Higher Education: A Dialogic Approach to the
    Interaction of Theory and Practice
    Bella Clifford – Notions of Virtuosity, Female Accomplishment, and the Violin
    ‘Ban’ at the Turn of the Eighteenth-Nineteenth Centuries
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    17:30 – Wine reception – MRC Foyer

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nicola LeFanu on BBC

    BBC Radio 3 celebrated the 70th birthday of Emeritus Professor Nicola LeFanu by selecting her as Composer of the Week.