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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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’.