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.
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.
On Friday 12th January, Martin Suckling’s new string quintet, Emily’s Electrical Absence, a collaboration with poet Frances Leviston and scientists from the PETMEM consortium, receives its premiere in London as part of the ‘Time Unwrapped’ series at King’s Place. The following day in New York City, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble give the second US performance of Martin’s clarinet trio Visiones (after Goya) as part of their mini-festival of British music, ‘The UK Commotion’.
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.