Excellent review of Nicholson’s ‘Spindrift’, performed by Madeleine Mitchell

George Nicholson’s work Spindrift was performed by Madeleine Mitchell, in St Andrew’s Church, Sheffield, on 25 November, and it has received a glowing review from Paul Conway. Conway describes the concert as a highlight of the St Andrew’s Music Festival and he writes: ‘Madeleine Mitchell then took centre stage to play George Nicholson’s Spindrift, a substantial piece for solo violin in seven interrelated, but stylistically diverse movements, the last three of which were receiving their first public performance, according to the programme note. Taking its title from sea spray, Spindrift was written for Madeleine Mitchell between Autumn 2021 the end of 2022 and the music suited admirably the violinist’s impressively broad expressive range, from intimate musing to bold, sweeping gestures.

Lancaster's 'Canzone Sospesa' selected by Art Music Society of Washington for 2024-25 season

UYMP is proud to announce that David Lancaster’s recently published Canzone Sospesa for cello and piano, which received a premiere in Milan last November, has been selected for inclusion in the 2024-25 chamber music season of concerts by the Art Music Society of Washington DC. As well as mentoring young musicians and educators, the Art Music Society’s mission is ‘to dispel the notion that art music is elitist and exclusive to enjoy for those who possess the means to appreciate it'. The society states: 'By creating a community that includes professionals (both aspiring and established), amateur musicians, and music enthusiasts, we aim at connecting everyone that shares a passion for our art'.

Glowing Review for Sadie Harrison and 'The Frederick Septimus Kelly Project'

UYMP was delighted to read Paul Conway's glowing review of The Frederick Septimus Kelly Project in Musical Opinion magazine this month. The disc includes music by Kelly alongside movements from a new work by Sadie Harrison, written in tribute to the composer. The reviewer notes that "Harrison’s heartfelt homage acknowledges the tragedy of [Kelly's] loss to family and friends, as well as to the musical world, yet she also celebrates his personality and creativity". The "sensitive approach" captured in Alex Wilson's piano playing is also highlighted, with ample justice done to the "virtuosic, crowd-pleasing writing" contained in the works. Harrison's contributions are described as "charming", "compassionate" and "profoundly considered" homages. The review finishes by drawing attention to a resulting "vivid overarching narrative that constantly sheds new light upon itself".

Jo Kondo Becomes 55th Recipient of 'Suntory Music Award'

UYMP is thrilled to hear that Jo Kondo has been announced as the 55th recipient of the Suntory Music Award, hosted by Suntory Foundation for the Arts, and offers Professor Kondo many congratulations. This award is granted to individuals who have contributed notably to the development of Western-style music in Japan; the awarding committee felt that "since his sen no ongaku (linear music) series exactly half a century ago, Jo Kondo has continued to enlighten Japanese audiences and musicians on a profound level with his works and writings". UYMP would of course like to echo the statement that "this year presents an excellent opportunity to honor this composer, who has continued to work with an intellect and integrity rarely seen in the world today".

25 April 2024

Emily Pedder-Laws (piano) performs 'Idyll: The World Within' from 'The Book of Storms and Mists', at the Cambridge Competitive Music Festival Prize-Giving Ceremony

6:45 PM
Atrium Hall, Chesterton College, Cambridge
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