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.
Thomas Simaku’s ‘Solar’ for Trumpet, Violin & Piano was performed at Middleton Hall of the University of Hull on 3rd February, in their opening concert of spring 2017 series , which included works by Arvo Pärt and Sibelius.
Come and join us in the Music Research Centre on Thursday 2nd March for another day full of varied and exciting snapshots into the work of the music department’s postgraduate community.
Music Department Senior Lecturer Martin Suckling’s Piano Concerto has been shortlisted in the Large Scale Work category of the inaugural Scottish Awards for New Music. 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 8 March 2017.
James Williamson is this month’s featured composer for the New Oboe Music Project.
On Decembre 21st the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Pudahuel and the San Sebastian University Choir (both from Santiago, Chile) premiered the cantata “Cantos por la Paz” (Songs for Peace) by Carlos Zamora Perez, at Nuestra Señora de la Victoria Church in Santiago. The work was commissioned by the Choir of San Sebastian University to be performed in the annual Christmas Concert.
Thomas Simaku’s music was featured at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
https://www.amu.cz/en on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016.