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  • 22 Oct 2020

    Thomas Simaku’s CD in Top Ten

    Thomas Simaku’s CD, Solos & Duos, released on Naxos Records in 2019, has been chosen among the ten best CDs of the year by the critic James H. North in the prestigious magazine Fanfare in the USA. The list includes recordings of works by Beethoven and Bartok, as well as two 21st century composers from the Netherlands and USA.

  • 22 Oct 2020

    Sadie Harrison contributes chapter to Music and Heritage (Routledge)

    We are delighted that house composer Sadie Harrison has contributed a chapter to Music and Heritage New Perspectives on Place-making and Sonic Identity, a forthcoming title from Routledge, in which she writes about the relationship between her twin careers of composition and archaeology. Entitled Composing archaeology: The problems of recreating heritage in music, the chapter considers the resonances between compositional and archaeological practises focussing on works written prior to and after her work as an archaeologist specialising in the Bronze Age prestige ware of the Carpathian Basin.

  • 21 Oct 2020

    ‘On Music and Political Concerns’: an interview with Hilda Paredes, in Vortex

    Vortex Music Journal has published a very interesting interview with UYMP composer Hilda Paredes.  In a conversation with Luis Velasco-Pufleau of the Universität Bern in Switzerland Paredes talks about the political and ethical concerns which influence her music, the relationship between her music and contemporary Mexican indigenous poetry,  the link between gender issues and social justice, the burden of racism, the embodied experience of violence, the destruction of language and the relationship between her creative process and environmental concerns. 

  • 16 Oct 2020

    NEW RECORDING FOR SADIE HARRISON AND GEMINI

    We are delighted that Sadie Harrison’s Fire in Song for clarinet, viola, clapsticks and reciters has just been recorded for Divine Art/Metier to be released early in 2021. The recording took place on 6 October through an enterprising virtual process set up by sound engineer David Lefeber. This enabled Sadie in Dorset to watch the recording taking place in London via Youtube, with comments via her phone directly into the venue in real time!

  • 15 Oct 2020

    Classic FM features Viner’s ‘white-keyed wizardy in a 200 year pianistic journey, all in the same key’

    Classic FM has featured UYMP composer Frederick Viner playing through a ‘perfectly executed’ potted chronology of piano music in C major on YouTube! - https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/piano/history-of-music-in-c-major/. Viner whizzes through the C major extracts with absolute precision, starting in 1722 with Bach’s Prelude No.1 in C major

  • 6 Oct 2020

    Simaku’s music performed by soloists of the Ensemble Intercontemporain

    Jérôme Comte, a soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary music ensembles, has collaborated with composer Thomas Simaku on his latest composition. Jérôme Comte was 26 when he joined the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, whose ‘Dialogue de l’ombre double’ Jérôme performed at Louvre Auditorium.