The UYMP office is open for limited hours, during the summer of 2021. You can still obtain music from our catalogue in the usual way, from Musicroom.com, and hire from our agent Wise Music Classical. Please contact UYMP composers directly, via their own websites, if you have any queries.


20 July 2021

Excellent Review for Sadie Harrison’s ‘Fire in Song’ in Musical Opinion

We are delighted that the Divine Art/Metier recording of Sadie’s new chamber work Fire in Song has received another excellent review, this time by Paul Conway in Musical Opinion. Conway writes: 'In Sadie Harrison’s Fire in Song, for clarinet, viola and two clapstick-playing narrators (2020), the creation story about fire is told by the Yolngu group of Aboriginal Australians. The work was written during the catastrophic bush fires that swept much of Australia in 2019-2020 and reflects on the Aboriginal approach to these fires.

14 July 2021

SADIE HARRISON AWARDED CREATIVE RETREAT AT SNAPE MALTINGS

https://snapemaltings.co.uk/music/residencies/creative-retreats/

We are delighted that Sadie has been granted a Creative Retreat at the Red Studio as part of the Snape Maltings Britten Pears Arts initiative. Creative Retreats say: 'For Benjamin Britten, a quiet place to compose was absolutely essential. He was fortunate enough to achieve this for most of his life, spending his last two decades at The Red House, down a quiet lane on the outskirts of Aldeburgh.

7 July 2021

Great ‘Tempo’ review for Simaku’s ‘con-ri-sonanza’ CD

Thomas Simaku’s CD album on BIS Records, con-ri-sonanza, has received another great review, in July 2021’s Tempo magazine.  The review begins with a challenging remark from Simaku himself:

‘‘Life isn’t easy,’ said British-Albanian composer Thomas Simaku, ‘why should my music be?’  In con-ri-sonanza, an album for piano and string quartet, individually and together Joseph Houston and Quatuor Diotima bridge this implied difficulty admirably, producing genuine and vivid recordings.’

1 July 2021

An interview with David Lumsdaine

Distinguished UYMP composer David Lumsdaine has recently been in conversation with Frederick Viner.  In a most interesting discussion, Lumsdaine talks about his musical education, growing up in Australia, his lifelong fascination with birdsong and soundscapes.  Lumsdaine describes how he was drawn to composition, his childhood influences and the process of musical discovery.  He reminisces about studying for his degree in Sydney, in the early days of the Music course there, and his subsequent more formal study in England. 

23 June 2021

Lancaster’s ‘Apocalypse’ recorded by Resonus Classics

David Lancaster’s choral work Apocalypse has been recorded for future CD release on the Resonus Classics label.  Working over three days, the Ex Corde Vocal Ensemble (conducted by Paul Gameson) explored the vivid, sometimes violent, musical imagery of the score, which portrays the final fifteen days of the world as depicted in some of York’s medieval stained glass.  Alongside Apocalypse on the recording will be a new work, which similarly draws upon aspects of York’s rich medieval history.

22 June 2021

London New Wind 22nd June YouTube concert for English composers

On June 22nd at 7.30pm (this evening!) London New Wind Festival will broadcast an Association for the Promotion of English Composers concert, which will include Elisabeth Lutyens’ Footfalls Op. 128 for flute and piano and her Fantasie Trio Op. 55 for flute, clarinet and piano.  The concert was recorded on 9th June at the Craxton Studios.  It may be accessed via this YouTube link, or through the London New Wind Festival website.

9 June 2021

Saxton anthem sung at Exeter College evensong

Evensong at Exeter College, Oxford, on Friday 4th June, honoured renowned UYMP composer Professor Robert Saxton, who has been Professor of Composition in the Faculty of Music/Tutorial Fellow in Music at Worcester College since 1999. Saxton's beautiful choral work Our Father, whose creative will was given a ‘very fine, distanced rendition’ by Exeter College Choir, who sang through masks and were conducted by the talented Christopher Holman. 

8 June 2021

UYMP 'Caesura' composer blog

UYMP is very excited to announce the launch of a new blog series entitled 'Caesura'. Over the next few weeks we will begin to share reflections written by our composers on their experiences over the last year, including the challenges they have faced and the projects they have undertaken.  Watch this space for the first blog, to be published soon!

4 June 2021

Hilda Paredes Selected for Wigmore Hall Lockdown Commissions Scheme

In exciting news, Hilda Paredes is one of sixteen composers selected by Wigmore Hall, as part of their Lockdown Commissions Scheme. This is the largest ever one-off commissioning scheme in the history of the hall, completing its 120th anniversary celebrations.