• Date and time: Tuesday 23 February 2021, 6pm to 7pm
  • Location: Online
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

Department of Music Open Lecture

What links a new approach to transistor design, Schubert's celebrated C major quintet and the poetry of Emily Dickinson? Composer Martin Suckling explores memory, microtones and speech-melody in his collaboration with poet Frances Leviston, Emily's Electrical Absence.  The piece is to be performed by soloists from the Aurora Orchestra alongside Schubert's quintet in a YorkConcerts event on 3 March 2021. 

Joining instructions for this event will be posted during week commencing 15 February. 

Martin Suckling

Martin Suckling has been described as ‘probably the most important figure in Scotland’s music since James MacMillan’.  He spent his teenage years performing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and in ceilidh bands around Scotland.  He studied music at Clare College Cambridge and King’s College London, and was a Paul Mellon Fellow at Yale University from 2003-5. After doctoral research at the Royal Academy of Music he became a Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at Somerville College, Oxford.  His teachers include George Benjamin, Robin Holloway, Paul Patterson, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, and Simon Bainbridge.  He has benefited from residencies at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldeburgh Festival, Aspen, and IRCAM, and has won numerous awards including the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and a Philip Leverhulme Prize.  He is Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of York.