Tim Howell edits latest issue of Contemporary Music Review

Cover image: ‘Narratives’ by Cathy Denford (

The latest issue of Contemporary Music Review is edited by Dr Tim Howell and features contributions from York staff, recent alumni, and current research students.

The volume, entitled ‘Musical Narratives: Studies in Time and Motion’, explores the ways different composers deal with concepts of musical timescale and various temporal processes. In his introduction to the issue, Dr Howell explains how the creative environment at the Department of Music at York was crucial in its preparation:

“Now approaching its 50th Anniversary year (in 2015), the Department at York has a well-established reputation for engaging with contemporary music – especially in relation to composition and performance. This publication perhaps reveals a rather different slant: that of musical scholarship, and more particularly musical analysis, though several of the authors are also active in terms of composing and performing new music. Hopefully something of this interdisciplinary, holistic element that typifies the York ethos – valuing an engagement with the musical experience above all else – will emerge from this collection of articles.”

The contents of the volume are as follows:

  • Dualisms of Time – Michael Rofe
  • Magnus Lindberg: Narratives of Time and Space – Tim Howell
  • Speed and Slowness in the Music of Gerald Barry – Daniel March
  • Accessible Narratives: Continuity in the Music of John Adams – Richard Powell
  • Fragment, Time and Memory: Unity in Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments – Martin Scheuregger
  • Dreams, Gardens, Mirrors: Layers of Narrative in Takemitsu’s Quotation of Dream – Mark Hutchinson
  • National Radio of Finland Simaku broadcast available online

    Following the success at the 2019 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)  – World Music Days , Thomas Simaku’s most recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been broadcast by four European radio stations.

  • Current and former students selected as 2019-20 RPS Composers

    The Royal Philharmonic Society have announced the latest members of their prestigious Emerging Composers scheme, including Robin Haigh, currently studying for a PhD at York with Martin Suckling, and Joel Järventausta, a former York undergraduate.

  • Martin Suckling on Radulescu at IRCAM

    Back in June Martin was invited to speak about Radulescu’s seminal solo viola piece Das Andere alongside violist Garth Knox at the Spectralisms conference in IRCAM.

  • Neil Luck features in 2019 BBC Proms

    Praise for Music Dept students featured in BBC Proms
    Following on from his specially-commissioned Radio 3 takeover to extend the Last Night of the Proms 2018, Music Department PhD student Neil Luck was invited to contribute a live set as part of 2019’s first ‘Proms at…’ event.  Joined by second year undergraduate Rebecca Burden and former student James McIlwrath, Neil masterminded three pieces in an event described by the Guardian as a ‘teasing, challenging new-music bill’.  Proms at …

  • Andreas Tsiartis a winner in Discovering Young Composers of Europe

    His new work will be performed by four different ensembles in four European cities and released on CD in 2020

    The objective of Discovering Young Composers of Europe (DYCE) Competition was to bring together the four regions of Europe (North, South, East, West) by inviting the composition students and alumni of all European Academies, Conservatories and Universities to submit a work.

  • Thomas Simaku selected for the ISCM – World Music Days 2019


    His work will be performed by a Grammy Award-winning ensemble

    Thomas Simaku’s recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been selected by the international jury for performance at the 2019 ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music)  – World Music Days, which takes place in Estonia from 2 – 10 May.