We are delighted that Sadie’s new Christmas Carol released on Prima Facie has been receiving fabulous reviews. As-salāmu ʿalaykum Bethlehem combines selected words from O Little Town of Bethlehem (written by Phillips Brooks after his visit to the town in 1895) with the Islamic greeting meaning ‘Peace be unto you’. At a time when Bethlehem is beset with troubles, this optimistic carol brings together the two traditions in a spirit of solidarity - ‘Peace be unto you O little town of Bethlehem!’
We are very pleased that two tracks from Sadie Harrison’s The Rosegarden of LightCD (featuring American ensemble Cuatro Puntos and Ensemble Zohra from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, conducted by Camilo Jauregui) have been used for another film, this time an important documentary directed by Elissa Sylvia Mirzaei entitled Laila at the Bridge.
Here at UYMP we are very pleased to announce that on the 10th of November, Luís Tinoco’s work Short Cuts (f) was performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Additionally, on the 25th of November, the Madeira Classical Orchestra, conducted by Pedro Neves, will present a concert, dedicated to Tinoco’s work.
Thomas Simaku’s new work, ‘The Scream’ for 34 solo strings, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 20th November 2017. The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by King’s College Director of Music Stephen Cleobury. For full details, please follow the link:
UYMP is delighted that Ed Hughes’ The Feast That Went Off With A Bang has been shortlisted in the Amateur/Young Performer section of the 2017 BASCA Awards. Commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group as one of ten ‘Snappy Operas’, a nationwide project to make opera with young people aged 7-11, the work is written for children’s voices, clarinet, horn and piano, with libretto by Peter Cant. It is based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage. The UK premiere, given by Gosforth CE Primary School, took place on March 24th 2017 at Whitehaven Civic Hall, followed by performances at Bury St Edmunds, Launceston, Great Yarmouth and Whitley Bay (please follow the link for video of the performance).
Within this article, Ivan Moody states that 'the impact of minimalism in Portugal has barely been studied; the establishment and subsequent institutionalisation of post-serial and other avant-garde thinking meant that approaches to other kinds of modernism – and whether or not ostensibly postmodernist approaches could be included in such categories – only gradually came to be employed, during the course of the 1990s. This article discusses the work of four composers, Luís Tinoco, Nuno Côrte-Real, Eugénio Rodrigues and Tiago Cutileiro, as part of this context.'