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Postgraduate Music student uncovers the earliest-known Church-of-England hymn by a woman composer

Tuesday 15 December 2020

While researching her dissertation, postgraduate Music student Rachel Webber recently unearthed the earliest known Anglican hymn by a woman composer.

Das Klassik & Jazz review for Thomas Simaku’s new album

Monday 14 December 2020

Following the release of Thomas Simaku’s new album on the prestigious Swedish label BIS Records last month, the first review has now been published in Germany in the "Rondo – Das Klassik & Jazz" magazine.

Telemusic – Practical Project 2020

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Our annual departmental Practical Project has been cancelled only once in its history. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, our students and staff were determined that this year's production would go on!

Announcement about Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Monday 7 December 2020

The Department of Music at the University of York invites expressions of interest from those considering applying for a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship.

York PhD student in Discovering Young Composers of Europe

Thursday 3 December 2020

A new piece by Andreas Tsiartas was premiered in Seville, Spain by the renowned ensemble Taller Sonoro on 30 November 2020.

Ivors success for Department of Music graduate student

Thursday 3 December 2020

Robin Haigh, a PhD student in Composition, has been awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in the Chamber Orchestral category for his piece, 'Grin'.

Funding boost for community music programme

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Young people across Yorkshire who face barriers to music making will have a chance to play traditional Indonesian music, thanks to continued funding for an innovative community project run by the University of York.

Thomas Simaku’s new CD on National Radio of Portugal

Monday 2 November 2020

Thomas Simaku’s new CD has been featured in ‘Geografia dos sons’ programme by the National Radio of Portugal on 2nd November 2020.

Research collaboration reverberates with success

Friday 30 October 2020

A collaboration with a major sound engineering firm has led to the launch of software which represents a significant advance in audio processing for the creative industries.

Absent Sitters – York Mediale

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Intimate online performances of a new work, resulting from a collaboration between Ben Eyes and Jez Wells in the Department of Music and others, are taking place this week as part of York Mediale.

Thomas Simaku’s CD in Top Ten

Friday 16 October 2020

Thomas Simaku’s CD has been chosen among the ten best CDs of the year.

Thomas Simaku - New CD release

Thursday 8 October 2020

A new CD of chamber music by Thomas Simaku performed by internationally renowned musicians will be released on 6 November 2020.

Nicola LeFanu - New orchestral album released

Monday 28 September 2020

"The Crimson Bird and other orchestral works" has been released on the NMC label.

Evan Snoswell awarded 2020 Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music

Thursday 20 August 2020

The Music Department is delighted to announce Evan Snoswell's (Computer Science) entry Ploonk as the inaugural winner of the Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music. The judging panel would also like to give honourable mention to Lynette Quek (Music) for the submission Laptop Functions.

these bones, this flesh, this skin: new interactive music and dance from lockdown

Friday 7 August 2020

Developed in partnership with Scottish Ensemble and Scottish Dance Theatre, these bones, this flesh, this skin is a digital work for solo violin and solo dancer by University of York composer Martin Suckling, choreographer Joan Clevillé and cinematographer Genevieve Reeves.

'Twenty': new piano music from lockdown

Thursday 6 August 2020

Twenty is a new collection of piano pieces by some of the most promising musical voices working today.

MA Music Production students return to studios

Monday 3 August 2020

Following the reopening of the Department last week to postgraduate performers, this week it was the turn of MA Music Production to begin using the Department's recording studios for the first time since March.

Latest Touch Radio podcast features Jez Wells' installation

Monday 3 August 2020

The 150th Touch Radio podcast is devoted to a binaural capture of Jez Wells' installation for the National Centre for Early Music created in collaboration with the visual artist Annabeth Robinson.

VC greets students in reopened Department

Friday 17 July 2020

This week the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Charlie Jeffery, came to visit us as we welcomed some of our postgraduate students into the Department for the first time since March.

Staff Promotions

Friday 10 July 2020

Following the meeting of the University Senate on Tuesday 7 July, we are delighted to announce the following promotions, with effect from October 2020:

Thomas Simaku collaboration with internationally renowned soloist

Thursday 25 June 2020

Jérôme Comte, a soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, has worked with York composer Thomas Simaku on his latest composition.

University of York Baroque Ensemble Online Project

Wednesday 24 June 2020

We are delighted that students who play with the University of York Baroque Ensemble are continuing to keep up their rehearsals during the lockdown via online means!

Richard Powell wins a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award

Friday 29 May 2020

We are delighted to announce that one of our Associate Lecturers, Dr Richard Powell, has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award from the University of York.

Martin Suckling wins Scottish Award for New Music

Monday 18 May 2020

Congratulations to Martin on his winning song cycle 'The Turning'.

New release on tmrw> label for Federico Reuben

Monday 18 May 2020

Federico Reuben has created a innovative work released on floppy disk.

York academics’ song is UK entry in AI Eurovision Song Contest

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Two York-based academics are the team behind the UK’s entry in an artificial intelligence (AI) version of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Persona - research project with Gazelle Twin and XR Stories

Thursday 5 March 2020

PERSONA is a research and development project which brings together three of Yorkshire’s most exciting small digital enterprises – York Mediale, Viridian FX and KMA – with one of the UK’s most vital contemporary voices in Electronic Music – Gazelle Twin and researchers Dr Jez Wells and Ben Eyes at the University of York, Music Department.

Scottish Awards for New Music 2020 shortlist features Martin Suckling

Thursday 27 February 2020

For the third time in four years, a new work by Department of Music Senior Lecturer Martin Suckling has been shortlisted for the Scottish Awards for New Music.

Announcing the Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music

Thursday 20 February 2020

Win a prize of £100 and the opportunity to meet composer, performer, and software entrepreneur Rebekah Wilson

Call for submissions - York Music Education Conference 2020: Learner Voice

Tuesday 18 February 2020

The York Music Education Conference 2020 will take place at the Department of Music from 29 -30 May 2020

York composers selected for LSO Panufnik Composers scheme

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Stef Conner and Patrick Jones saw off nationwide competition to be two of six composers nominated for the scheme.

Fabulous review in the USA for Thomas Simaku’s new album

Wednesday 15 January 2020

"There’s little doubt that Thomas Simaku is a contemporary master. One hopes that his music will get ever wider exposure—for our sake as well as his."

Kristl Kirk wins PhD Spotlight Arts and Humanities prize

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Kristl won the category for her project on decoding music with dyslexic students.