Here at UYMP, we are delighted that Sadie Harrison has been appointed as this year’s Composer-in-Residence for the Schools Compose Quartets Project 2020 with SOUNDSTORM and the Asana String Quartet (drawn from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra). SoundStorm is the award winning Music Education Development Agency for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation, in South West England. Sadie will be working alongside students from Leaf Studio and The Bishop of Winchester Academy, composing quartets to be performed in July 2020.
Ed Hughes’s new CD Time, Space & Change will be released on Metier on 13 March 2020. The CD will be launched at a special event in Lewes on Saturday 7 March featuring a 30' showing of Cesca Eaton’s beautiful film ‘Cuckmere: A Portrait' with Ed’s evocative score recorded live by the Orchestra of Sound and Light at the Brighton Festival 2018, followed by a Q&A with Ed Hughes, film maker Cesca Eaton, the President of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park, chaired by writer and musician Eleanor Knight.
Here at UYMP, we are exceedingly pleased to announce the release of our new volume of choral works for sopranos, altos and unison male singers which has been published by The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).
Ian Mitchell (clarinet/clapsticks), Caroline Balding (viola/clapsticks) and members of Gemini (reciters/percussion) will give the premiere of Fire in Song by Sadie Harrison on 2 May 2020 as part of the Late Music York Series, at the Unitarian Chapel, York. Fire in Song tells the creation story about fire for the Yolngu group of Aboriginal Australians who live primarily in north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The work was written during the catastrophic bush fires that swept much of Australia in 2019-2020. It reflects on the Aboriginal approach to the fires, one that remained largely ignored in news coverage at the time.
UYMP is delighted that Frederick Viner has won the University of York Music Department's STR Music Composition Prize, with his new piece The Annunciation for SATB divisi. The prize is sponsored by Sean Rourke. The Annunciation, the only work to be announced in an otherwise 'mystery' concert programme, was premiered by The 24, directed by Robert Hollingworth, in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on February 19th 2020, at 7.30pm. Besides Viner's premiere, the carefully-planned programme spanned some fascinating works from the 16th to the 20th centuries. More details at York Concerts. Many congratulations to Fred!
Luis Tinoco’s new CD ‘Archipelago’ on Odradek ODRCD398 has been recommended highly by Radio France’s ‘France Musique’ ‘En Pistes, contemporains’ (Sunday 2nd February, 2020). Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier called it ‘a very good disc produced by the beautiful Odradek’ and said that Luis Tinoco’s music contrasts with some other percussion music written in the 20th/21st centuries - which is often a very easy repertoire and may try to create an impression (which sometimes hides a lack of inspiration). The presenter says ‘But it is not the case with Luis Tinoco, who has not forgotten the melodies at the heart of his universe’.