Thomas Simaku Performance at Hull 2017 – City of Culture
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.
Performed by Simon Desbruslais, Fenella Humphrey and Libby Burgess, ‘Solar’ is based on Philip Larkin’s well-known poem of the same title. ‘In no way programmatic, the piece could be described as a “wordless setting” of Larkin’s imagery, freely interpreting these imageries by composing and re-composing them’.
The world premiere was given by the Portumnus Ensemble at Middleton Hall in 2013, followed by a performance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which was covered by the local BBC News.
PhD students Beau Stocker, James Cave and Ben Eyes have collaborated with professional singer Supriya Nagarajan and musician Matt Redman on a world music project that brings together classical Bollywood themes and jazz music. The project, backed by the Arts Council, has been devised by Supriya to bring Bollywood music to a new audience and has recently completed a successful UK tour with an international tour to follow.
Ann Cleare’s work the square of yellow light that is your window will receive its UK premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Saturday, November 25th.
Ensemble-in-association Quatour Diotima have been working with undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of their residency in the Music Department.
Thomas Simaku’s new work, ‘The Scream’ for 34 solo strings, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 20th November 2017.
Ann Cleare’s new piece surface station #2: the relighting of the sun receives its Australian premiere in Perth’s Totally Huge New Music Festival on October 28th, and from there will tour to venues in Sydney and Melbourne on November 1st and November 2nd.
Thomas Simaku’s work for solo piano, raggio lunare, will receive its world premiere at the Academy of Performing Arts, Martinu Hall, in Prague on 4 November 2017.