Ed Hughes has been involved in an exciting new project at the University of Sussex, bringing programming and music together to create singing robots. Hughes wrote the second of two arias with librettist Eleanor Knight entitled, ‘Opposite of Familiarity’.
On 17 June 2017 the feature length documentary THE STAGING POST (Light Sound Art Film) will be premiered in Sydney with a further screening in Melbourne on 18 June. We are delighted that excerpts from Sadie Harrison’s The Rosegarden of Light CD (Toccata Classics) are being used as part of the soundtrack. The tracks - Bahar nastaran-e bihag (Radio Piece) and Watan Jan (Dear Homeland) are arrangements of a popular Afghan song and dance and are performed by the young ladies of Ensemble Zohra from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, conducted by Camilo Jauregui.
Luis Tinoco's Cello Concerto featuring Filipe Quaresma (soloist) and the Portuguese Symphony cond. by Pedro Neves will be broadcast by the Portuguese radio Antena 2 - RTP, on the 26th July, 9pm. It will be included in the program “Grande Auditório”, produced by Reinaldo Francisco
Next week, BBC Radio 3 are celebrating Nicola LeFanu in her 70th year on their 'Composer of the Week' programme. As part of the daily broadcast which airs at 12pm and is repeated at 6.30pm, three UYMP composers will have featured works. On Monday 24th April, they play Jeremy Dale Roberts' Winter Musictaken from the Lontano recording. The show on Tuesday 25th features David Lumsdaine's Blue upon bluewith David Pereira on cello. Finally, the penultimate programme on Thursday 27th April, features Sadie Harrison's piece ' ...ballare una passacaglia di ombre...' for solo violin. The track is taken from the Toccata Classics 'Solos and Duos' album featuring Peter Sheppard Skaerved.
Hilda Paredes' work 'Son dementes cuerdas' has just received a premier performance and tour in the US. Written for guitar and string quartet, the work was performed by the Arditti Quartet and Elliot Fisk. The premiere took place in the Library of Congress on 24th March. The work was well received and one reviewer, Jay Harvey.
Released last month, Mala punicais James Weeks' sixth album recording. The Winter and Winter release features the title trackMala punica, a series of eight canonic motets, alongside Walled Garden, an instrumental work for string and flute trios. The recording features Weeks' own vocal ensemble EXAUDI and the Hortus Ensemble. The two works intertwine on the album with the eight motets divided by three instrumental movements.