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2011

New NMC CD featuring York composers wins Sunday Times plaudit

Posted on Thursday 15 December 2011

The Sunday Times has selected Crossing Ohashi Bridge – featuring works by Roger Marsh and Nicola Lefanu – as one of its albums of the year.

Roller Trio win prestigious jazz award

Posted on Thursday 15 December 2011

The Roller Trio led by saxophonist James Mainwaring (MA 2011)has won the prestigious Peter Whittingham jazz award.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Collaboration

Posted on Tuesday 22 November 2011

24 November 2011 sees the start of an exciting collaboration between the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – one of the UK’s leading period instrument ensembles – the University of York Baroque Ensemble, and Music Education Group.

World premiere of Thomas Simaku's String Quartet No 4 at HCMF

Posted on Tuesday 22 November 2011

The String Quartet, written for and dedicated to Quatuor Diotima, will receive its world premiere at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on 26 November 2011.

BASCA shortlist features York composers

Posted on Thursday 20 October 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 British Composer Awards includes four composers associated with York. Dr Thomas Simaku is one of three nominees for the ‘instrumental solo or duo’ category for his work ‘Soliloquy IV’ for bass clarinet. New lecturer Martin Suckling has received nominations in both the chamber music category for his piece 'To See the Dark Between' and the vocal category for 'What Shall I Give?'

Tim Howell to appear on Composer on the Week

Posted on Thursday 20 October 2011

Dr Tim Howell will join presenter Donald Macleod to discuss Finnish music from Sibelius to the present day on BBC Radio 3's Composer of the Week.

Proceedings of the 2009 NEMA conference published

Posted on Friday 14 October 2011

The proceedings of the 2009 National Early Music Association International Conference have been published online by the Department of Music.

New book on Kaija Saariaho edited by Tim Howell

Posted on Monday 10 October 2011

Kaija Saariaho: Visions, Narratives, Dialogues is a new exploration of this important figure in contemporary composition, edited by Tim Howell with Jon Hargreaves and Michael Rofe.

Community Cobwebs Orchestra scoops Gramophone Award

Posted on Friday 7 October 2011

Creative director, Andy Jackson, and Cobwebs Administrator, Catherine Shackell (nee Holbrook) – both York alumni – received the award on behalf of the orchestra at a ceremony in the Dorchester on Thursday 6 October.

New NMC release includes works by Roger Marsh and Nicola LeFanu

Posted on Thursday 6 October 2011

A new NMC release includes works by Roger Marsh and Nicola LeFanu. Crossing Ohashi Bridge is a CD by the Goldberg Ensemble, with Marsh’s ‘Canto 1’ for 11 strings and LeFanu’s ‘Amores’ for horn and string ensemble.

World premiere of new opera by Nicola LeFanu

Posted on Friday 9 September 2011

Dream Hunter, a new opera by Emeritus Professor Nicola LeFanu with a libretto by the poet John Fuller, will receive its world premiere on 25 October 2011 at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales.

Thomas Simaku in 'Neue Gesänge aus Europa'

Posted on Tuesday 6 September 2011

Thomas Simaku’s work Locked Door will receive its European Premiere in Switzerland on 11 September 2011. Entitled New Songs from Europe, the concert will be given by Christine Simolka (soprano) and René Wohlhauser (piano) at the Musiksaal QuBa in Basel; the programme includes works by, among others, Luigi Nono and Geörgy Kurtág.

York Graduates ‘Nish As Rish’ bring the ‘Trophée’ home from Europe’s biggest Celtic festival

Posted on Thursday 1 September 2011

York graduates Nish As Rish made a winning debut at this year’s Festival Interceltique de Lorient. The group won the prestigious ‘Trophée Loïc Raison’ for the best new folk group. At the semi-finals, judges reported that this year’s competition was the fiercest for 20 years.

New Bach recording conducted by Peter Seymour

Posted on Friday 12 August 2011

Signum Records have recently released the recording of Bach - B minor Mass (SIGCD265) conducted by Peter Seymour and performed by Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists.

Roller Trio album album to be released

Posted on Wednesday 27 July 2011

MA Music James Mainwaring's band, Roller Trio, are releasing an album on the F-ire collective label

New York Mystery Plays

Posted on Friday 24 June 2011

The New York Mystery Plays premiered to a full house at the National Centre for Early Music in a spectacular concert set within the Festival of Ideas. Created entirely by students of the Department of Music, University of York under the direction of Ambrose Field, the New York Mystery Plays are a new contemporary response to York’s medieval Mystery play cycle.

MRC Cycling74 Interview

Posted on Thursday 23 June 2011

MRC Director Tony Myatt and Research Support Programmer Oliver Larkin were interviewed about their work on The Morning Line for the Cycling74 website.

MA student receives Honorable Mention

Posted on Monday 13 June 2011

MA student Hannah Gibbs has received an Honorable Mention from the International Alliance for Women in Music.

'Adopt a Composer' premiere for York graduate

Posted on Wednesday 8 June 2011

York graduate Emily Crossland's new work, devised in collaboration with Strathclyde University Chamber Choir as part of the 'Adopt a Composer' scheme, has been premiered in Glasgow.

Competition success for Peter Moran

Posted on Wednesday 8 June 2011

PhD candidate Peter Moran wins first prize in the Carl von Ossietzky International Composition Competition.

Mountaineering Club Orchestra download album released

Posted on Tuesday 17 May 2011

Undergraduate student Tom Adam's solo project, 'The Mountaineering Club Orchestra', have released their first album as a pay-what-you-like digital download.

MEG receives Vice-Chancellor's Gold Award

Posted on Thursday 12 May 2011

We are very pleased to announce that the Music Education Group (MEG) have won the Vice-Chancellor's Gold Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Excellence.

York Music Alumnus Paul Mealor reflects on Royal Wedding

Posted on Wednesday 11 May 2011

Paul Mealor reflects on the experience of having his composition chosen for the Royal Wedding

York alumni strike right note at Royal Wedding

Posted on Wednesday 4 May 2011

Music by two York graduates featured in the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster.

York Spring Festival of New Music 2011 programme announced

Posted on Tuesday 22 March 2011

The 2011 York Spring Festival of New Music will run from Wednesday 11 May to Sunday 15 May, bringing exciting musicians and ensembles to York, as well as presenting a wealth of local talent.

Department forms association with the Guild of Church Musicians

Posted on Tuesday 22 March 2011

The Music Department of the University of York and the Guild of Church Musicians have agreed a memorandum of understanding arising from their high regard for each other’s work in the study and practice of church music and the education of church musicians. The two institutions will encourage and support each other in pursuing excellence in church music and liturgy.

Roger Marsh performance in Eindhoven

Posted on Monday 14 March 2011

Roger Marsh’s What Charlie did next (2009) receives its second Dutch performance on Sun 20th Mar 2011. The performance will be given by the ensemble de Ereprijs, who commissioned the work, at De Witte Dame, Eindhoven.

Morning Line Workshop Vienna

Posted on Thursday 10 March 2011

Tony Myatt and Oliver Larkin held a two day workshop about spatial sound composition at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna on the 3rd and 4th March. The workshop was attended by artists who have been commissioned to create new works for the forthcoming exhibition of The Morning Line, which opens in Schwarzenbergplatz, Vienna on the 7th June 2011.

Simaku performance in Edinburgh

Posted on Monday 7 March 2011

Thomas Simaku’s work Soliloquy IV for Bass Clarinet will be performed in Edinburgh on 9 March 2011in a concert given by Sarah Watts (bass clarinet) and Antony Clare (piano). Sarah Watts gave the UK premiere of the work at St. Leonard Church, Shoreditch, in London last September.

John Stringer's 'Nocturnal' receives European premiere

Posted on Friday 25 February 2011

Nocturnal (2010) was given its European Premiere in Rome, December 2010 and a further Italian performance in February, 2011.

Lyons Celebration Award 2010 is awarded to Graham Bier and Edd Caine

Posted on Tuesday 8 February 2011

The 2010 Lyons Celebration Award has been awarded to musicologist Graham Bier and composer Edward Caine, whose joint proposal is to investigate the development of a vernacular English psalmody.

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