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26th May 2015


Cuatro Puntos

Following her previous collaborations with Cuatro Puntos, Sadie Harrison has now been appointed as the ensemble's Composer-in-Residence. The residency will consist of a tour to America (Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Boston) in September 2015 where she will work with the group in preparation for the significant world premiere (and three subsequent performances) of Gulistan-e Nur. Sadie will also give a number of lectures and pre-concert talks,

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22nd April 2015

Anne Boyd receives Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award

Anne Boyd at the Sir Bernard Heinze Award ceremony

Anne Boyd was honoured recently with the 2014 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, which was presented to her by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. This highly prestigious award recognises the composer's exceptional contribution to Australian music.

Boyd studied Composition at the University of Sydney with Peter Sculthorpe. Sculthorpe's influence on her was not negligible, particularly his ideas about the importance of establishing an Australian identity

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16th April 2015

Sadie Harrison appointed Guest Director at the Irish Composition Summer School 2015

Photograph credit: Bella West

Sadie Harrison has been appointed the Guest Director at the Irish Composition Summer School 2015, where she will work alongside Nicola Lefanu and Kevin O'Connell at the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin.

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13th April 2015

Austrian premiere of Thomas Simaku's 'Soliloquy V - Flauto Acerbo' at Wiener Konzerthaus

Final page of 'Soliloquy V - Flauto Acerbo'

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

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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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19th February 2015

Chimera Ensemble perform Tinoco's Sundance Sequence

Chimera Ensemble

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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3rd February 2015

French World Premiere for Simaku's Akhmatova Song

Voix et violoncelle XXe / XXIe siècles - ©François Tanguy

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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21st January 2015

Ambache Charitable Trust supports international commission from Sadie Harrison

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

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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3rd December 2014

BASCA award to Hughes for Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey

Ed Hughes with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo: Mark Allan

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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28th November 2014

Saxton at PLG Young Artists 2015 Series

Photo: Katie Vandyck

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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