The Early Career Composers Cooperative is a free professional development opportunity for composers based in the north of England and in the early stages of their career (composers who are not in, or have recently left, education). If you are a composer meeting these criteria, this project is for you!
Composers are invited to attend the first meeting on Saturday 22nd June:a day of sharing and networking, through workshops and discussions facilitated by Peter Wiegold(Club Inégales, Institute of Composing).
Thomas Simaku’s work La Leggiadra Luna was performed at the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) – World Music Days in Tallinn on 4 May 2019. Composed for mixed choir a cappella, this work is a setting of Sappho’s poem translated from ancient Greek into modern Italian by the Nobel Prize-winning Sicilian poet Salvatore Quasimodo.
Performed by a Grammy Award-winning ensemble and broadcast live, the programme was transferred across Europe through the European Broadcasting Union.
Frederick Viner's Justorum Animaereceived a second performance on 21st March 2019 by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, conducted by Michael Bawtree. The choir performed the work at a concert titled 'Music of Our Time' arranged by the John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM) at St Bride's Church, London. A live recording of their performance is now available to listen to online:
As part of a 'BBC Singers in Good Friday music' programme broadcast on 24th April, BBC Radio 3 featured a recording of James Weeks's Orlando Tenebrae from a concert by the choir conducted by the composer himself.
We are delighted that the superb violist Katherine Clarke recorded the solo viola piece Allah Hu! (God is great) at the Royal Academy of Music’s YouTube forum The Contemporary Viola Sessions (April 2019). You can listen to the performance here:
Thomas Simaku presented his music at the ‘Alessandro Scarlatti’ Conservatoire in Palermo on 3rd April 2019, which was attended by the composition students and members of staff, including Professor Daniele Ficola and the Chair of Composition Department Maestro Marco Betta.