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.
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.