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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.

 

  • Postgraduate Forum September 27th

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    9:00 – Coffee – MRC Foyer
    10.00 – Lecture Recital: Beau Stocker (percussion) – Rymer Auditorium
    (Chair: Carmen Troncoso)
    Drums – Timbre – Africa – Rhythm – Improvisation
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    11:00 – Coffee – MRC Foyer
    11:30 – Paper Session 1 – Rymer Auditorium (Chair: Catherine Fahy)
    Helen Diggle – “Such a Lappish Thing that it Cannot Be Translated”: Joik as a
    Reimagined Method of Communication
    James Redelinghuys – African Eyes, African-ize, African Ass
    Katherine O’Neill – The way you make me feel’ An investigation into the effect
    of induced empathy on subjective response to music
    13:00 – Lunch – MRC Foyer
    14:00 – Composition Workshop – Jack Lyons (Chair: Dr Martin Suckling)
    Carlo Banhos Estolano – Liv 10 Anos (flute quartet, classical guitar and
    percussion)
    Catherine Robson (Clarinet, Alto Sax., Viola, Double bass)
    Stefano Gioffré – Obviously it’s love (String quartet)
    Shu-Yu Lin – String quartet
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    15:30 – Coffee – MRC Foyer
    16:00 – Paper Session 2 – Rymer Auditorium (Chair: Owen Burton)
    Neil Luck – Operatic Mass Actions – A report on a collaborative ‘City-Opera’
    project for Aarhus 2017
    Lizzie Kirk – Community Music in Higher Education: A Dialogic Approach to the
    Interaction of Theory and Practice
    Bella Clifford – Notions of Virtuosity, Female Accomplishment, and the Violin
    ‘Ban’ at the Turn of the Eighteenth-Nineteenth Centuries
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    17:30 – Wine reception – MRC Foyer

  • Zamora ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ shortlisted

    Carlos Zamora’s chor piece “O Magnum Mysterium” was shortlisted at the 2nd MICF Composition Competition in the Malta International Choir Festival.

  • Ben Eyes works as sound designer and engineer for the Jane Horrocks show “Cotton Panic” at Manchester International Festival.

    PhD Composition student Ben Eyes is currently working as sound designer and sound engineer for the Jane Horrocks show “Cotton Panic” at Manchester International Festival.

  • ICAD Award to Ben Eyes and James Cave

    Ben Eyes and James Cave won an award at the International Community for Auditory Display conference 2017 at Penn State, for ‘Best Use of Sound’.

  • Ann Cleare’s Miller Theatre Concert previewed in the New York Times

    Miller Theatre in New York City has unveiled its 2017-18 season, which is to include an evening length Portrait Concert of Composer Ann Cleare, Associate Lecturer of Composition in the Music Department.

  • Nicola LeFanu on BBC

    BBC Radio 3 celebrated the 70th birthday of Emeritus Professor Nicola LeFanu by selecting her as Composer of the Week.