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Meridian Quartet releases Bowie CD

Wednesday 18 December 2013

The Meridian Quartet – featuring York PhD candidate Vic Bernath – has released its debut CD, 'Meridian Quartet Plays Bowie'.

PhD candidate Ji Sun Yang selected for New Dots scheme 2014

Friday 6 December 2013

Ji Sun Yang has been selected to write a new piece for piano and percussion by new music organisation New Dots.

PhD candidate Ji Sun Yang picked for Sound and Music scheme

Friday 29 November 2013

Ji Sun Yang has been selected for the Sound and Music HE scheme to work with the London Sinfonietta in 2014.

New CD by the Hilliard Ensemble features 'Il Cor Tristo' by Professor Roger Marsh

Friday 29 November 2013

A new CD release by the Hilliard Ensemble features 'Il Cor Tristo' by Professor Roger Marsh.

PhD graduates feature in the ISCM World Music Days Festival

Thursday 14 November 2013

Manos Panayiotakis's orchestral work Echosymplokon and Cheong Li's Impromptu II or alto flute and electronics will be performed at the ISCM World Music Days in Vienna.

Tim Wright's compositions used in creation of new piece for Paris Opera Ballet

Thursday 31 October 2013

Recent PhD composition student Tim Wright has composed music for a new contemporary dance piece by the celebrated Japanese choreographer, Saburo Teshigawara.

Jonathan Eato delivers Merchant Adventurers’ Arts Discovery lecture

Friday 18 October 2013

On the 14 November, Jonathan Eato will deliver a talk at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall exploring a newly discovered archive of South African jazz photography and recordings from the height of apartheid.

World premiere of Simaku's Concerto for Orchestra

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Thomas Simaku’s Concerto for Orchestra – winning work of the International Competition for Lutosławski's 100th Birthday – received its world premiere in the final concert of the 2013 Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music on 28th September, performed by Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafał Janiak.

Hilliard Ensemble premiere Roger Marsh's Poor Yorick

Friday 4 October 2013

The Hilliard Ensemble will premiere Roger Marsh's Poor Yorick at the Spitalfields Winter Festival.

How Like An Angel wins at Dance Screen 2013

Thursday 3 October 2013

New film from Circa and I Fagiolini honoured at San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Peter Seymour records Bach St Matthew Passion

Monday 30 September 2013

In September 2013 Peter Seymour directed Yorkshire Baroque Soloists in a recording of JS Bach's first (1727) version of St Matthew Passion for Signum Records.

York postgraduate composers win orchestral opportunity

Monday 30 September 2013

Orchestral pieces by PhD students David Lancaster (Strata) and Edd Caine (R'lyeh) have been selected for rehearsal and performance by the Orchestra of Opera North in November.

Recent PhD graduate Peter Moran oversees new gamelan for Dublin

Friday 13 September 2013

PhD graduate Peter Moran – director of the first gamelan orchestra in Dublin – is co-ordinating a new gamelan for the City of Dublin.

Chris Mullender and James Cave announced as recipients of the 2013 Terry Holmes Commission

Friday 30 August 2013

The 2013 Terry Holmes Commission has been awarded to PhD students James Cave and Chris Mullender, for their proposal to create a work entitled 'Latrabjarg - an ecological requiem' for countertenor, vocal group, electronics and mixed instrumental ensemble.

I Fagiolini's 1612 Italian Vespers shortlisted for the Gramophone Early Music Award

Thursday 1 August 2013

I Fagiolini, directed by Robert Hollingworth, has been shortlisted for the Gramophone Early Music Award for its latest CD, 1612 Italian Vespers.

Martin Suckling announced as Associate Composer with the SCO

Thursday 1 August 2013

Martin Suckling has been appointed as Associate Composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

New CD released by Ergodos features York alumni

Thursday 1 August 2013

'I Call to You' – a new CD produced by Dublin-based Ergodos – features music by recent PhD graduate Garrett Sholdice, and performers including York alumni Jonathan Sage and Michelle O'Rourke.

Des Clarke wins Lyons Celebration Award 2013

Friday 12 July 2013

The winner of the 2013 Lyons Celebration Award is Desmond Clarke (PhD Composition). His proposal, selected from seven applications, is to compose a work for double vocal quintet, with wind ensemble, percussion, harps, piano and celesta.

Live BBC concert for Ensemble-in-residence, I Fagiolini

Friday 12 July 2013

On Friday July 5th they give a live evening concert on Radio 3 called 'Music of the Spheres', reflecting philosophers' fascination with this subject. Music by Machaut, Josquin, Byrd, Infantas, Daniel-Lesur, Steve Martland and Adrian Williams.

New Music Industry Conference begins life in York

Friday 12 July 2013

December 2013 sees the first conference on Innovation in Music which will be held in York. The Department of Music's Music Research Centre (MRC) will host papers sessions and workshops across the two full days of the conference (5th and 6th December), with other conference events hosted by York St John University (including the welcome event on 4th December).

Recent PhD composer Stef Conner wins Polyphonos 2014 prize

Friday 12 July 2013

Stef is joint winner of the 2014 Polyphonos prize, and will compose a new work for voices for the Seattle based vocal ensemble 'The Esoterics' for performance in Autumn 2014.

Thomas Simaku wins top prize in prestigous Lutosławski competition

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Thomas Simaku has been awarded first prize for his piece Concerto for Orchestra in the Witold Lutosławski Society's Composition Competition, held to celebrate the composer's 100th birthday.

University Jazz Orchestra premieres a new piece by Chilean saxophonist Ricardo Alvarez

Thursday 13 June 2013

The University Jazz Orchestra premieres a new piece by PhD student and Chilean saxophonist Ricardo Alvarez.

Second Terry Holmes postgraduate commission announced

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Following the success of the first Terry Holmes collaborative composer/performer commission - James Whittle and Victoria Bernath's 'Remains of Elmet', premiered in this year's Spring Festival of New Music - we are delighted to announce that Terry Holmes has agreed to fund a second commission for 2013/14.

Gesualdo 400th Anniversary Conference announced

Wednesday 5 June 2013

The department is pleased to announce that it will host a conference celebrating the music of Gesualdo in November 2013.

Department Ensemble-in-Residence perform Thomas Simaku's String Quartet no 4

Friday 31 May 2013

Thomas Simaku's String Quartet No 4 was performed in York by Department Ensemble-in-Residence, Quatuor Diotima, to whom it is dedicated.

Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini release new collaborative DVD 'How Like an Angel' with Circa

Thursday 23 May 2013

Robert Hollingworth (Anniversary Reader in Music) has just released with his vocal ensemble I Fagiolini a new DVD of the group's collaboration with Australian contemporary circus troupe, Circa - 'How Like An Angel'.

New CD released of Ambrose Field's work 'Quantaform Series'

Thursday 23 May 2013

Ambrose Field’s new work is collection of solo flute compositions, featuring virtuoso flautist Jos Zwaanenburg, where each piece is placed in a different virtual space recreated digitally in the studio.

Jo Wainwright awarded Honorary Fellowship

Thursday 16 May 2013

Professor Jo Wainwright (Music) has been awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians.

New LSO Live release features Martin Suckling's Fanfare for a Newborn Child

Friday 3 May 2013

Suckling's piece features alongside other compositions commissioned as part of the LSO Panufnik Scheme and is released in May 2013.

John Stringer's Hinterland to feature on new CD release

Wednesday 24 April 2013

John Stringer's Hinterland is the title track on a new EP to be released by Dark Inventions.

Incantiamo broadcast live across Europe to celebrate Bach's birthday

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Incantiamo – formed by students Jamie Wright and Simon Harper – will be streamed live from the NCEM as part of the first ever European Day of Early Music on 21 March 2013.

Simaku premieres in Hong Kong and York alongside new CD release of Soliloquy IV

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Thomas Simaku's work, Solar, based on Philip Larkin’s poem of the same title received its premiere at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 14 March 2013.

Live BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert "Strictly Baroque"

Thursday 14 March 2013

University Baroque Ensemble and Chamber Choir appear with world-famous counter-tenor Robin Blaze in a Radio 3 live lunchtime concert at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Friday 15 March at 1pm.

Centre stage for University of York choir on Mothering Sunday

Friday 8 March 2013

BBC Radio 4’s live Mothering Sunday broadcast from York Minster will feature University of York choir The 24.

I Fagiolini complete their first residency at York

Friday 1 March 2013

It’s been a busy few weeks for I Fagiolini and Robert Hollingworth. I Fagiolini spent their first residency week in York in early February giving master-classes and working with students culminating in a concert in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on 6 February. ‘Insalata I Fagiolini’ finished with a post-concert ‘cheeseboard’ discussion about careers and the music industry.

Richard Orton (1940-2013)

Thursday 14 February 2013

The Department is saddened to learn of the death of Richard Orton – founder of the UK's first university experimental electronic music studio here at the University of York and pioneer of our ground-breaking 'Project' system of teaching.

York alumni win inaugural ISM competition for young composers

Monday 4 February 2013

York alumni have won two out of the three commendations given in the inaugural ISM competition for young composers.

Supernatant Music Technology Workshops & Live Performances

Friday 1 February 2013

On Tuesday 5th February the Music Research Centre at the University of York will host a day-and-evening session of seminars, workshops and live performances by renowned creative and technological practitioners from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. Themes will include human-machine interface design, physical modelling, generative process, enhancement of live performance and software synthesis.

Christian Curnyn conducts English National Opera

Thursday 17 January 2013

Former student Christian Curnyn is to conduct David McVicar's new production of Charpentier's Medea at English National Opera in February.

I Fagiolini project receives glowing reviews

Thursday 17 January 2013

In December, department ensemble-in-residence I Fagiolini unveiled a new collaboration with Opera North and Matthew Robins in three sold-out concerts in London, Leeds and Warwick. The programme coupled one of JS Bach’s greatest motets Jesu meine Freude with David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion.

PhD candidate Martin Scheuregger chosen for orkest de ereprijs Young Composers' Meeting 2013

Thursday 17 January 2013

PhD candidate Martin Scheuregger has been chosen to work with Dutch ensemble orkest de ereprijs in their Young Composers' Meeting 2013. Martin will work with de ereprijs in Holland for a week in February.

Department ensembles premiere new classical cover version of Justin Bieber's Beauty and the Beat in aid of Red Nose Day 2013, live on BBC Radio 3.

Friday 11 January 2013

The University Baroque Ensemble and Chamber Choir joined forces with BBC Radio 3's Baroque Around the Clock for a lunchtime concert featuring Biber and Bieber.