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Andrew Lewis’ Fern Hill is to be featured on BBC Radio 3s ‘Hear and Now’ programme tomorrow, Saturday 17th February. Be sure to tune in at 22:30 to hear this work and other new music from Wales. The programme is available on BBC Radio 3 and via the BBC website. Lewis’ Fern Hill is a …

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Michael Zev Gordon websiteQ. Tell me about the key formative moment(s) which switched on your creative drive. A key moment for me, in terms of my love of music, was when my grandmother would come and sit with me at the piano on Sunday afternoons and I’d play to her. Her intense love of the Viennese classics made …

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Packed with news, reviews and a comprehensive list of works and recordings, plus details of key projects Ryan Latimer’s new website is a must visit!

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Anna Susan Tynek Dance Theatre Aleksandra VrebalovSunday 4 February – Passion Revisited performed by Ensemble for These Times St. Mark’s Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco Monday 5 February – My Desert, My Rose performed by Kronos Quartet at the Ecstatic Music Festival, Merkin Concert Hall. Friday 16 February – NYC, ANNA KARENINA, World premiere, new full evening ballet with choreographer Dusan …

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Tim SousterWe are very proud to be working with Tim Souster’s widow Penny, making available the works of this remarkable composer whose untimely death in 1994 foreshortened an incredibly creative life.  Highly innovative and versatile, Souster left behind an eclectic body of work which in uniquely characterful and creative ways crossed stylistic boundaries as though being …

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Robin Robin by Liz Lane, drawing by Caz ChandlerLiz Lane’s Robin, Robin for euphonium and piano received its US premiere on Saturday 3 February.  It was performed by John Storey of the Band of the Royal Logistic Corp at 3pm Eastern Time Zone and streamed live (BST 8pm): Robin Robin was first performed by David Thornton in Malta and the UK last year, accompanied by Ruth Webb and was especially …

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Monday 25 February sees the world premiere of Alastair Greig’s Fora for solo violin and orchestra by New Music Orchestra of Polish National Radio conducted by Szymon Bywalec.  The commission follows on from the 2015 premiere performance of Greig’s El monte y el rio in Warsaw, also conducted by Bywalec. A reworking of an old piece …

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Kevin Malone People Protesting news imageWhat do YOU think about Donald Trump?  Kevin Malone’s latest work, “The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe” was commissioned by concert pianist Adam Swayne as a 10-minute companion piece to Rzewski’s “Four North American Ballads” for a concert on 15 February at the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester.  When Swayne asked if the work …

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CrosscurrentsThe University of Birmingham presents the second CrossCurrents festival 16 – 23 February 2018.  Featuring richly diverse mix of music and events and world-class artists alongside student ensembles, the festival concludes with premieres by Michael Zev Gordon and Ryan Latimer, performed by the Loki Ensemble. We asked Loki Ensemble director Daniele Rosina about this new group: …

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Winner of the Prix du Concours Klang! Electroacoustic 2016, Andrew Lewis’ setting of Dylan Thomas for Orchestra and Electronics will be given it’s French premiere on Friday 23 February by L’Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie, conducted by David Niemann. Rather than a conventionally sung vocal line, the piece uses the poet’s own reading of his work as …

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Rob Keeley CD ReleasesRob Keeley proves that he has a consistent and distinctive compositional voice, judging by this group of his works. There are influences from Knussen and others, but his music is really his own. Coupled with the excellence of the performances—I can do nothing but sing the praises of each performer heard here—this is a disc …

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Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend by Michael Eaton, directed by Martin Berry with a new score by Paul Alan Barker will be performed by MA Music Theatre students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London 13 – 15 February 2018. Before Jack the Ripper, there was Charlie Peace: the …

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The American Premiere of Odaline de la Martinez’ Song Cycle After Sylvia will take place on the 21st of February by the Illinois Modern Ensemble  at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Originally written in 1976, After Sylvia is a cycle of four songs inspired by two Plath poems. The first song, Morning Song speaks of the …

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Geoffrey Paterson ConductorUnder the baton of Geoffrey Paterson, the BBC Scottish Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Thomas Hyde’s new Symphony on Saturday 10 March, Glasgow City Halls. Hyde says about his work: My Symphony is in one-movement and though containing a slow ‘movement’, scherzo, trio and coda, they don’t (as Eric Morecambe said to Andre …

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