Thomas Simaku at Prague Academy
Thomas Simaku’s music was featured at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
https://www.amu.cz/en on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016. His award-winning work, ‘Voci Celesti – String Quartet No. 3’, was given its Czech Premiere by the acclaimed quartet ‘FAMA Q’, who regularly perform works by 20th & 21st century composers. http://www.festival.cz/en/performer/fama_q
Voci Celesti was awarded 2nd Prize at Lutoslawski Forum in 2004 and was first performed by the Rubinstein String Quartet in Warsaw. The work has been recorded by the Kreutzer Quartet on a CD portrait released on Naxos 21st Century Classics series, and has received much critical acclaim.
A more recent work, ‘Herkomman Aria’ for solo clarinet was also included in the programme, performed by the leading Czech clarinettist Ludmila Peterková, who gave the world premiere at 2016 Kuks International Festival in Prague.
Thomas Simaku gave a presentation on his music at Prague Academy, entitled ‘from 1 to 100 (…and a few in between)’ focusing on his Soliloquy Cycle and Concerto for Orchestra – the winning work of the 2013 Lutoslawski Competition.
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’.