UYMP wishes a very Happy Birthday to multi award-winning composer Thomas Simaku! Simaku turned 60 on 18th April, with a host of compositions, large and small, under his belt, including works such as Concerto for Orchestra, the Soliloquy Cycle, five string quartets, The Screamfor String Orchestra, and a lot more!
Upcoming works include a piece for chamber ensemble, which Simaku is writing especially for the prestigious ensemble Klangforum Wien and which will receive its premiere later in the year.
Anthony Gilbert’s ‘Monsoon Toccata’ for solo piano, written in memory of his former pupil Janet Owen Thomas, has been released on CD alongside Owen Thomas’ own works. The CD, entitled ‘A Shooting Star’, has been recorded by Prima Facie (ASC Records) in celebration of Owen Thomas’ life. Richard Casey, who gave the premiere of ‘Monsoon Toccata’ in Belfast, in 2014, is the pianist ; the other artists on the disc are Simon Passmore, Jane Ford, The Goldberg Ensemble and The Bingham Quartet.