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  • 2 Oct 2017

    ‘The Scream’ for String Orchestra - Thomas Simaku – World Premiere

    Based on Edvard Munch’s iconic painting, Thomas Simaku’s new work, The Scream, will receive its world premiere in Cambridge on 17 November 2017. It will be performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by King’s College Director of Music Stephen Cleobury. 

    Of this substantial piece lasting 20 minutes, Thomas Simaku writes:

    ‘The iconic painting by Edvard Munch was the main impulse for writing this piece - hence the title. Its “silent scream” whose echo spans (and can be heard) well beyond the painting's time and frame, struck a chord with me for its resonance with our modern times.

    In no way programmatic, the music here focuses on the concentrated form of expression that emanates from the space, the colours, and the gritty intensity of the “deafening silence” in Munch's painting.

     

  • 26 Sep 2017

    Violin Muse CD release

    On 20th October, Madeleine Mitchell’s new CD, Violin Muse, which features new music by British composers,will launch. This CD features the work Aurea Luce which was written by our house composer, Sadie Harrison, for Madeleine.

  • 14 Sep 2017

    20th London New Wind Festival goes International!

    UYMP is very pleased to report that Catherine Pluygers has announced the programme for the 20th London New Wind Festival, which for the first time is featuring international composers.

  • 1 Sep 2017

    Jo Kondo - 70th Birthday Concert

    Here at UYMP, we are very pleased to announce that a chamber concert, on Tuesday 31st October 2017, will be held at the Tokyo Opera City to celebrate our house composer, Jo Kondo’s 70th birthday.

  • 21 Aug 2017

    James Weeks - Primo Libro premiere

    In New York, on October 7th, the Ekmeles Ensemble will premiere James Weeks’ piece for six voices, Primo Libro, in the Crypt of the Church of the Intercession, Manhattan.

  • 17 Aug 2017

    Sadie Harrison - ABRSM Oboe Examination Compositions

    UYMP is very pleased to announce that two compositions by our House Composer, Sadie Harrison, have been chosen by ABRSM as Grade 6 and 7 Oboe examination pieces.