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3rd March 2015

Thomas Simaku on Spanish National Radio

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

The work, which received first prize at the International Competition for Lutoslawski's 100th Birthday,

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[Chimera Ensemble]
Chimera Ensemble

19th February 2015

Chimera Ensemble perform Tinoco's Sundance Sequence

On Friday 27th February, The Chimera Ensemble will perform Luís Tinoco's Sundance Sequence as part of celebrations for UYMP's 20th anniversary, in their Spring Term concert at the University of York.

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18th February 2015

The Arditti and Paredes on AEON

Counter-tenor Jake Arditti and the Arditti Quartet have released a new CD of works by Hilda Paredes, on the Aeon label. AECD1439 features Hilda's String Quartet No. 2 Cuerdas del Destino, Canciones lunáticas for counter-tenor and string quartet (songs setting poetry by Pedro Serrano), In Memoriam Thomas Kakuska for solo violin and Papalote in alternative versions: for voice and violin/voice and string quartet.

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4th February 2015


The SIGNUM CD of Robert Saxton's two trumpet concertos, released recently, alongside concertos by Deborah Pritchard and John McCabe, has received excellent reviews from Gramophone magazine and from Music Web International. In the February 2015 edition of Gramophone Guy Rickards, who describes the concertos on the disc as performed with dazzling virtuosity and musicianship by Simon Desbruslais and the Orchestra of the Swan

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[Voix et violoncelle XXe / XXIe siècles - ©François Tanguy]
Voix et violoncelle XXe / XXIe siècles - ©François Tanguy

3rd February 2015

French World Premiere for Simaku's Akhmatova Song

Thomas Simaku's setting of Anna Akhmatova's poem Why did you poison the water for soprano & cello will receive its world premiere on 7th 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.

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[Premiere of <em>Dast be Dast</em> in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2014]
Premiere of Dast be Dast in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2014

21st January 2015

Ambache Charitable Trust supports international commission from Sadie Harrison

We are delighted to announce that a substantial international commission by Sadie Harrison has been supported by a generous grant from the Ambache Charitable Trust. The piece is to be titled Gulistan-e Nur (The Rosegarden of Light) and will be a multi-movement work featuring Sadie's interpretation of Afghan songs for string sextet with interludes of simple Afghan folk songs to be played by children.

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[Ed Hughes with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo: Mark Allan]
Ed Hughes with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo: Mark Allan

3rd December 2014

BASCA award to Hughes for Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey

Congratulations to Ed Hughes, who has won the Liturgical category of the BASCA Awards for his composition Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey for solo organ.

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[Photo: Katie Vandyck]
Photo: Katie Vandyck

28th November 2014

Saxton at PLG Young Artists 2015 Series

UYMP congratulates Robert Saxton on his selection as the featured composer of the first concert in the PLG Young Artists New Year Series 2015. The five concerts will be launched on Monday 5th January, by a pre-concert conversation between Thomas Hyde and Robert Saxton, at 6.15pm in the Purcell Room.

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24th November 2014

Evis Sammoutis elected to AEC Council

Evis Sammoutis has been elected as one of three new council members of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires/Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC Council).

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20th November 2014

UYMP wins Arts Council grant to support emerging composers

Emerging composers and performers are set to benefit after the University of York Music Press (UYMP) secured a grant from Arts Council England to establish a new support project.

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19th November 2014

Simaku in Beijing and London

Thomas Simaku's work for solo piano The Flight of the Eagle will receive its Chinese premiere in Beijing, performed by York alumnus Joseph Houston as part of the 'International Music Week' at Beijing Normal University on 26th November 2014.

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[Dr K Sextet at the Pierrot Project Exhibition, 17th October 2014]
Dr K Sextet at the Pierrot Project Exhibition, 17th October 2014

13th November 2014

Sadie Harrison's 'Aster' in Pierrot Project concert exhibition

On Friday 21st November, Sadie Harrison's 1995 work Aster features in a launch concert and exhibition for The Pierrot Project.

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