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Thomas Simaku ‘con-ri-sonanza’ UK Premiere

Posted on Tuesday 17 August 2021

Thomas Simaku’s work con-ri-sonanza for piano & strings received its UK premiere at the 2021 North York Moors Festival of Chamber Music to a rapturous reception of a full house on 14 August.

‘Tempo’ review for Thomas Simaku’s new album

Posted on Tuesday 13 July 2021

Simaku’s CD on BIS Records, con-ri-sonanza, has received another excellent review, in the July 2021 issue of the Cambridge University Press magazine Tempo.

Students scoop Nugen plug-in prizes for 'Distanced Deviations'

Posted on Sunday 11 July 2021

Three students have won plug-ins from Nugen Audio worth hundreds of pounds, in a competition that was the culmination of a series of extra teaching sessions organised in the most recent lockdown.

Radio France

Posted on Friday 2 July 2021

Thomas Simaku’s album on French National Radio best CDs. A special programme is to be broadcast on Sunday, 4 July.

Final-Recitals Gala Concert

Posted on Monday 28 June 2021

After what has been an incredibly challenging year for music-making in the Department and across the world, last week we celebrated the achievements of our third-year undergraduates with a selection of pieces from some of their final recitals!

MA Music Education awarded Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award 2021

Posted on Tuesday 15 June 2021

MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching awarded the prize for their teaching team's outstanding contribution to enhancing teaching and student learning

MA student releases hit EP CD

Posted on Tuesday 15 June 2021

MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching student James Hargreaves sees his new EP, Good To Be Back, going in at #7 in the charts.

Discovering Young Composers of Europe York PhD Student on a New CD

Posted on Monday 14 June 2021

Andreas Tsiartas work "Ìérkos for ensemble" (2020) has been recorded on a new CD release by the Stradivarius label, as part of his award for winning the competition Discovering Young Composers of Europe (DYCE ) in 2019.

Can York academics win this year’s AI Song Contest?

Posted on Thursday 20 May 2021

A team of six researchers from the Departments of Music and Computer Science has submitted an entry to this year’s AI Song Contest.

Soliloquy V Performance in Amsterdam

Posted on Monday 17 May 2021

Thomas Simaku’s award-winning piece, Soliloquy V – Flauto Acerbo for Recorders has received another performance in the Netherlands.

Applications now open for Music Graduate Teaching Assistant positions

Posted on Thursday 29 April 2021

Applications are now open for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions within the Music Department for the 2021/22 academic year.

Article featuring ‘La Leggiadra Luna’ by Thomas Simaku

Posted on Thursday 15 April 2021

An excellent article about Simaku’s choral piece ‘La Leggiadra Luna’ has been published by Simon Cummings in 5:4 – ‘a blog devoted to the most interesting, innovative and impressive music of our time’.

Super Excellent (Multi-choir music)

Posted on Thursday 1 April 2021

Eight current and ten ex-students of the Music Department (all professional musicians) took part in a spectacular concert of 17th-century multi-choir music at York's National Centre for Early Music.

Remote Learning Series Culminates in Remix Challenge

Posted on Wednesday 31 March 2021

A series of distanced sessions on different aspects of music production and sound design, presented by a variety of staff members, has culminated in a remix challenge for students with prizes donated by the software company Nugen Audio.

Virtual Showcase II

Posted on Wednesday 24 March 2021

Last week saw the premiere of Virtual Showcase II – an online celebration of the hard work and determination of our students and staff to continue making music during these difficult times!

Thomas Simaku’s album reviewed by the BBC Music and Musicweb-International

Posted on Monday 22 March 2021

con-ri-sonanza continues to receive excellent reviews in the British music press.

The Polyphonic Concert Club launch

Posted on Friday 12 March 2021

The Department of Music's Anniversary Reader, Robert Hollingworth, has launched a new online road trip of performances.

Funding success for collaborative music-wellbeing investigation

Posted on Wednesday 10 March 2021

Caroline Waddington-Jones has secured a grant from the UKRI-funded Closing the Gap network run by the University of York and Hull York Medical School.

An internet of musical events: InterMusE to compile a fascinating glimpse into music’s past

Posted on Thursday 25 February 2021

The nature of live music is that it exists in the moment. In years gone by, there would be little or no permanent record of its performance, save, perhaps, for the concert programme, promotional poster, or a ticket stub a concert-goer may take home with them.

Remembering Richard Shephard MBE

Posted on Tuesday 23 February 2021

The Music Department is sad to report the death of Dr Richard Shephard, Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Department, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2008.