UYMP are very pleased to report that on December 16, 2018, Robert Saxton work, Shakespeare Scenes, for solo trumpet and string orchestra, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on ‘Sarah Walker with Scarlatti, Saxton and Sibelius’.
UYMP is delighted that Robert Saxton’s ‘Piano Music’ Toccata Classics CD has been voted one of the best classical music albums of 2018 by the Sunday Times (9.12.18), in the contemporary music section! We offer very many congratulations to Robert, to pianist Clare Hammond and to Toccata Classics.
UYMP is thrilled that Trevor Wishart has been honoured by BASCA 2018 with the highly prestigious British Composer Award for Innovation. Presented in association with the Music Publishers Association, this award is a Lifetime award for significant contribution to music. We offer Trevor very many congratulations!
UYMP is delighted that James Weeks has been announced as winner of the 2018 BASCA Awards Chamber Ensemble category, for his work Libro di fiammelle e ombre for 6 solo voices. James’ composition was chosen from a distinguished shortlist which included works by James Dillon and the late Oliver Knussen. Libro di fiammelle e ombrewas written to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the EXAUDI ensemble, who gave the premiere at the Wigmore Hall on 1st April 2017, conducted by James Weeks. The work forms part of EXAUDI’s continuing Italian Madrigal Book project and comprises a sequence of 12 very short madrigals which use texts from Arcadelt’s Primo Libro de’ Madrigali (1539).
Hilda Paredes’ operatic monodrama Harriet stunned the audience at the HCMF last night (20th November, 2018), in a performance given by Flemish theatre group Muziektheater Transparant, at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. Harriet, the story of the slave Harriet Tubman (ca. 1820-1913), was delivered to the audience in a mesmerising performance by a star cast of two singers and 3 instrumentalists from the HERMES Ensemble, plus electronics. The magnificent soprano Claron McFadden gave a heartfelt, beautiful and masterful performance as Harriet, supported by the wonderful mezzo-soprano Naomi Beeldens as Alice.
UYMP is delighted that James Weeks’ Libro di fiammelle e ombre for 6 solo voices has been shortlisted by the BASCA 2018 awards, in the Chamber Ensemble category. Libro di fiammelle e ombre is a contribution to EXAUDI’s ongoing Italian Madrigal Book project and is a sequence of 12 very short madrigals using texts from Arcadelt’s Primo Libro de’ Madrigali (1539).