Composition seminars

These seminars normally run every Tuesday from 4:00pm–5:30pm in the Rymer Auditorium. Some are given by visiting speakers and others are given by members of staff and postgraduate students. They provide the main forum for group discussion, and often continue in less formal surroundings into the evening. Undergraduate composers who would like to attend these postgraduate seminars are very welcome.

Recent composition seminars

Composition Seminar: Richard Evans and Helen Madden

Tuesday 20 June 2017

PhD students Richard Evans and Helen Madden discuss their work

Composition Seminar - Martin Suckling

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Martin Suckling presents his recent concerti for piano and flute

Pre-concert seminar: Jin Hyung Lim, John Stringer and Roger Marsh

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Jin Hyung Lim, John Stringer and Roger Marsh talk about tonight’s concert of music by Isang Yun, which features new works by John and Roger

Composition Seminar: Grainne Mulvey

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Irish composer Grainne Mulvey introduces her work

Composition Seminar: John Tilbury

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Legendary pianist John Tilbury is one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music. Here he talks about and presents his own version of Samuel Beckett’s short prose text, Worstward Ho

Composition seminar: Nicola LeFanu

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Nicola LeFanu speaks about her large scale work for soprano and orchestra, The Crimson Bird, which was premiered by the BBCSO in February.

In conversation: Edmund de Waal and Martin Suckling

Monday 8 May 2017

The potter and writer Edmund de Waal discusses Psalm (after Celan) with Martin Suckling.

Composition Seminar: Nina Whiteman

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Nina Whiteman from the Royal Northern College of Music presents her work

Composition Seminar: Tom Williams and Juliana Yaffe

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Composer Tom Williams and soprano Juliana Yaffe (Coventry University) present Meditations on a Landscape for solo soprano with electronics

Composition seminar

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Reuben Latour – New Zealand Composer, Centre for Advanced Music Studies, Istanbul

Composition seminar

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Tapio Tuomela – Helsinki (TBC)

Composition seminar: Ligeti Quartet Workshop

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Ligeti Quartet

Composition seminar

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Sir James MacMillan

Composition seminar: Poor Yorick – singing Laurence Sterne

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Professor Roger Marsh

Composition seminar: SCAW Workshop

Tuesday 31 January 2017

SCAW Duo: Sarah Watts and Antony Clare

Composition seminar: Creating Sonic Places

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Ann Cleare

Composition seminar: Composing operas for audiences: product and process

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Omar Shahryar – PhD Candidate

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Morgan Hayes

Composition Seminar

Friday 25 November 2016

Yannis Kyriakides (Royal Conservatory, Den Haag)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Neil Luck and Shu-Yu Lin

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 15 November 2016


Composition Seminar

Tuesday 8 November 2016

Aaron Cassidy (University of Huddersfield)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 25 October 2016

David Horne (Royal Northern College of Music)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Scott McLaughlin (Leeds University)

Composition Seminar

Friday 14 October 2016

The Antara Ensemble from Chile

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Morag Galloway and Merit Ariane Stephanos

Composition seminar

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Desmond Clarke

Composition seminar

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Steven Daverson

Composition seminar

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Carlo Estolano, Frederick Viner and Joel Jarventausta

Composition seminar

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Martin Suckling

Composition seminar

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Manos Panayiotakis

Composition seminar

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Jamie Man

Composition seminar

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Professor Ambrose Field (University of York)

Composition seminar

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Nell Catchpole (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Manolis Ekmetsoglou and Michele Pizzi (PhD candidates)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 2 February 2016

Dr Mark Hutchinson (York St John University)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 26 January 2016

James Mainwaring and Nikki Franklin (PhD candidates)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Christian Mason

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Dr Mary Bellamy (University of Huddersfield)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Patrick John Jones on his orchestral piece Ropes of Maui (Lyons Celebration Award commission)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Martin Bresnick (Yale, USA)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 17 November 2015

James Cave and David Gothard

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Catherine Laws and Jon Hughes

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Professor Nicola LeFanu (Professor Emeritus, University of York)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Diego Castro Magaš (University of Huddersfield)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Dr Kevin Malone (University of Manchester)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Dr Federico Reuben