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Undergraduate Frederick Viner selected for the final of Mozarts of Tomorrow

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Undergraduate Frederick Vyner (BA in Music) has been selected for the final of the Mozarts of Tomorrow competition at the Sage GatesHead.

PhD candidate James Williamson selected for Psappha composition project

Thursday 5 November 2015

James Williamson is one of six composers selected to take part in the Psappha Ensemble’s “Composing for Clarinet scheme”. This scheme involves working closely with Psappha’s clarinettist Dov Goldberg to develop a new piece for clarinet over three sessions (from November to March), culminating in a final day of filming and recording the finished piece.

Chang Seok Choi receives Honourable Mention at the 2015 Chengdu-China 11th Sun River Prize

Wednesday 28 October 2015

PhD Candidate Chang Seok Choi’s recent composition Animus for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (2015) has received the Honourable Mention at 2015 Chengdu-China 11th Sun River Prize Students’ New Music Composition Competition.

Martin Suckling awarded £100k Philip Leverhulme Prize

Saturday 24 October 2015

Department of Music lecturer Dr Martin Suckling has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize. These prestigious awards are made to "recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising".

Martin Scheuregger Embedded at the British Music Collection

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Martin Scheuregger has been Embedded Composer-in-Residence at the British Music Collection, supported by a Sound and Music residency.

Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini in new film about Jacobean composer John Wilbye

Friday 16 October 2015

Reader in Music Robert Hollingworth and his ensemble I Fagiolini are at the musical heart of a new film by Capriole Films about the early 17th century composer John Wilbye. The film will be screened in York on Monday 19 October 2015 at 6pm.

Des Clarke selected as RSNO Composers’ Hub participant

Thursday 15 October 2015

York PhD student, Desmond Clarke, has been selected as one of five emerging UK composers to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s first RSNO Composers’ Hub, a new initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers.

Catherine Laws premieres Ten Bellows (for pianist, assistant and electronics) by Edward Jessen

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Catherine Laws gave the first performance of Ten Bellows (for pianist, assistant and electronics) by Edward Jessen, at the Research Festival of the Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Ghent.

Federico Reuben works with Rachel Rose on sound installation for Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Federico Reuben has been working with artist Rachel Rose on a sound installation that forms part her solo show Palisades at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

Simaku broadcast on Austrian National Radio

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Thomas Simaku’s award-winning workSoliloquy V – Flauto Acerbo was broadcast on Austrian National Radio, ORF, on 28 September 2015, as part of a programme with highlights from the 2014-15 ‘Musica Juventutis’ series.

World premiere for Thomas Simaku at HCMF 2015

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Thomas Simaku’s String Quartet No 5 will receive its world premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on 28 November 2015. Dedicated to Terry Holmes, the piece is commissioned by HCMF especially for Quatuor Diotima, with whom Simaku has collaborated for a number of years now.

Lyons and Holmes Composition Awards 2015

Tuesday 22 September 2015

The winners of the Lyons Celebration Awards and Terry Holmes Composer/performer award have been announced.

Ambrose Field's Architexture II to be premiered at European Researchers' Night

Thursday 17 September 2015

Architexture II is a new vocal composition by Ambrose Field specially designed to make the most of the acoustics of a ruined building which doesn’t exist today. It’s 20 minutes long, and is a huge monolithic, choral sound-sculpture of industrial proportions.

The 24 and Robert Hollingworth appear at Association of British Choral Directors

Thursday 3 September 2015

The 30th anniversary conference of the Association of British Choral Directors took place in August, with department choir The 24 featured as one of three choirs (one from Russia, the other a teenage boys choir) performing at a special gala concert at the Royal Northern College of Music.

James Cave's opera 'Returns' selected for Rough for Opera Festival

Tuesday 18 August 2015

AHRC-funded PhD Composition candidate James Cave's opera, 'Returns', has been selected for performance at the 2015 'Rough for Opera' Festival at the Cockpit Theatre, London.

Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini undertake three-week tour to Australia

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Reader in Music Robert Hollingworth (and conductor of departmental choir, The 24) is just returning from a three-week tour to Australia with his ensemble, I Fagiolini. Performing in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart, the group was touring for Musica Viva, Australia's premiere Chamber Music organisation founded in 1945 and celebrating their 70th anniversary.

Desmond Clarke and Patrick Jones receive RPS Prize 2015 commissions

Friday 24 July 2015

Congratulations to PhD candidates Desmond Clarke and Patrick John Jones, who have been selected for the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Composition Prize.

John Taylor (1942–2015)

Thursday 23 July 2015

The Department is greatly saddened to learn of the death of John Taylor, who suffered a fatal heart attack whilst performing at the Segre Jazz Festival, France.

PhD candidate Muriel Smith awarded prize for paper on Canadian music

Friday 12 June 2015

PhD candidate Muriel Smith won an Awards for Writings on Canadian Music (English) from the SOCAN Foundation and MusCan.

New Staff bring specialist Music Psychology and Music Technology expertise

Thursday 11 June 2015

The department has made two new appointments, bringing new areas of specialism to York.

International stars to premiere Martin Suckling’s Visiones at Aldeburgh Festival

Thursday 11 June 2015

The world premiere of Music Department Lecturer Martin Suckling’s new clarinet trio, Visiones (after Goya), will take place on 20th June at the Aldeburgh Festival. The performers, Mark Simpson (clarinet), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), and Tamara Stefanovich (piano), are part of a star-studded line up for a sold-out concert that also includes pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, George Benjamin and Florent Boffard, and violinist Isobel Faust in music by Ravel, Debussy, and Benjamin himself.

Joel Jarventausta's orchestral piece 'stony mountains to rise' elected for PARMA anthology

Friday 29 May 2015

Undergraduate Joel Jarventausta is one of 10 finalists selected for an orchestral anthology to be published by PARMA Recordings

Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini in new Gesualdo theatre project

Friday 22 May 2015

Reader in Music Robert Hollingworth and his vocal ensemble I Fagiolini have just unleased a major new project designed to bring audiences the intensity of the avant-garde music of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo.

Professor Jo Wainwright appointed to Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship

Thursday 21 May 2015

Professor Jo Wainwright has been awarded the 2015–16 Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

York alumnus Gabriel Prokofiev features in BBC Ten Pieces 2015

Thursday 21 May 2015

Following on from fellow York graduate Anna Meredith's body percussion piece, Connect It, Gabriel Prokofiev's Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra features in the BBC Music's Ten Piece scheme - designed to engage a new generation of children with classical music.

Baroque Ensemble and Chamber Choir perform with OAE

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Members of University Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble performed Handel’s Acis & Galatea with members of Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment directed by former York student Rob Howarth.

John Goldie-Scot wins NCEM Young Composers Award 2015

Tuesday 19 May 2015

John Goldie-Scot (BA, 2011) has won the age 19-25 category of the NCEM Young Composers Award 2015 for his piece, "Why are you in such a hurry?"

Peter Seymour's St Matthew Passion recording released on Signum Records

Thursday 23 April 2015

Professor Peter Seymour’s recording of JS Bach’s early version of St Matthew Passion (BWV 244b) was released by Signum Records in February 2015. Recorded at the National Centre for Early Music this is the first commercial recording of the version, here in Peter Seymour’s new edition.

Austrian premiere for Thomas Simaku

Thursday 16 April 2015

Thomas Simaku’s award-winning work, Soliloquy V – Flauto Acerbo will receive its Austrian Premiere at Vienna Concert Hall, Schubert-Saal, on 20th April 2015. The piece will be performed by Lorina Wallaster as part of Musica Juventutis programme.

Hong Kong performances for York composers

Thursday 9 April 2015

Department staff, students and alumni featured in the Avant Music Group Association of Hong Kong concert on 28 April 2015

Thomas Simaku broadcast on Spanish National Radio

Thursday 19 March 2015

Thomas Simaku’s award-winning work Concerto for Orchestra was broadcast on Spanish National Radio on 1st March 2015.

Robert Hollingworth and four music students on Radio 3 discuss the MA in Solo-Voice Ensemble singing and new Gesualdo project.

Thursday 19 March 2015

Robert Hollingworth and four music students appeared live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune to discuss the unique MA in Solo-Voice Ensemble singing and a new Gesualdo project with I Fagiolini.

Second year undergraduate student Frederick Viner wins Ebor Organ competition

Thursday 12 March 2015

Fred Viner's 'Bagatelle 1' has won the Ebor 70th Anniversary Prize and is published this month in The Ebor Organ Album. The album contains a piece by distinguished York organ composers - one piece for each decade.

Scottish premiere of Martin Suckling's Candlebird

Thursday 26 February 2015

Schools education project, Q & A tour, and beautiful new score from Faber Music mark Scottish premiere of Suckling’s acclaimed Candlebird

Premiere of Roger Marsh's new work, Kinshi

Thursday 26 February 2015

Kinshi - a new work for ensemble by Roger Marsh – will receive it's premiere at the University of Manchester on 13 March 2015 in a concert given by 'Vaganza' called 'Eastern Exchanges'.

Robert Hollingworth leads 'Handel Academy' in Wroclaw, Poland

Thursday 12 February 2015

Reader in Music Robert Hollingworth is currently coaching a week-long Handel course at the Music Academy in Wroclaw, Poland together with Rachel Podger (baroque violin).

World premiere of Thomas Simaku's Akhmatova Song

Thursday 5 February 2015

Thomas Simaku's setting of Anna Akhmatova's poem 'Why did you poison the water' for soprano & cello will receive its world premiere on 7 March 2015 at Le Théâtre du Radeau in Le Mans, as part of the recital Voix et violoncelle XXe / XXIe siècles by Juliette de Massy and Rohan de Saram

Undergraduate pianist in Big Music semi-final

Monday 2 February 2015

Second year undergraduate Matthew Palmer has made it to the semi-finals of the Big Music Project classical competition, and will be travelling to London to take part later this month.

Department announced national call for works

Thursday 29 January 2015

As part of a wide range of activities hosted by the Contemporary Music Research Centre at York in 2015, we are delighted to announce a national call for works. Composers currently studying at a UK university or conservatoire are invited to submit concise pieces for solo violin to be workshopped by the internationally renowned soloist Peter Sheppard Skaerved.

Tim Howell edits latest issue of Contemporary Music Review

Thursday 22 January 2015

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.

York designated by UNESCO as City of Media Arts

Thursday 8 January 2015

Work from the Department of Music (Professor Ambrose Field) together with submissions from Electronics, and Department of Theatre Film and Television played a part in the international cultural designation made to the City of York.

William Brooks's composition features on new Trio Mediaeval CD release

Monday 5 January 2015

William Brooks’s composition "Vale, dulcis amice" (the sixth of his Six Mediaeval Lyrics) has been released on Trio Mediaeval’s most recent album, Aquilonis.