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Richard BirchallWe’re pleased to announce that composer and cellist Richard Birchall has joined Composers Edition with an initial selection of works focussing on the chamber string repertoire. Birchall’s compositions and arrangements have been performed at the BBC Proms, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, The Sage Gateshead and throughout the UK, and have been …

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Laurence CraneSound UK and The Ligeti Quartet have also commissioned Crane as part of a new collection of commissions called ‘The Planets 2018’, one of 8 short string quartets forming a suite to mark the centenary of The Planets Suite and to be performed in Planetariums around the UK in autumn 2018. Risør Kammermusik Festival, Norway has commissioned …

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Tim SousterIn January we were very pleased to announce that we are publishing the works of Tim Souster, a pioneering English composer who despite too soon in 1994 left a considerable legacy including over 40 concert works. We’ve been working with Tim’s widow Penny to reissue these works and are very pleased to have another four …

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Odaline de la MartinezIt’s not often that composers get featured in exhibitions so to be featured in two at the same time is quite something! The first show featuring Composers Edition’s Odaline de la Martinez is Hitting the Right Note at the Royal Academy of Music as one of 20 women composers from the Academy’s history. The exhibit is …

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A new recording of Jane Stanley’s newly revised and expanded version (30′) of D-re-A-mi-N-gl-Y (text by E.E. Cummings) has just been made with Warsaw-based pianist Emilia Sitarz, soprano Barbara Kinga and percussionist Magdalena Kordylasinska, for release in Autumn 2018. Stanley first worked with Emilia Sitarz, along with her Lutosławski Piano Duo partner Bartłomiej Wąsik in 2014 when the …

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Thomas Hyde with Les Dawson photoThomas Hyde tells us about his latest comic creation for BBCNOW ‘…quite frankly I feel about as comfortable as a lame turkey sat on a pile of Paxo listening to Christmas carols’ It was with these words that Les Dawson began hosting his first edition of the BBC quiz show Blankety Blank in 1984. And …

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tabea zimmermannCharlotte Bray’s In Black Light for solo viola will receive it’s world premiere by Tabea Zimmermann at the 2018 Festival d’Aix in July Bray writes about the work: The theme inhabits a delicate, dream-like surreal place with the viola traversing extremes in register, floating from low to very high in a hushed, serene and intimate sound world. …

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Richard Bullen SteridianRichard Bullen’s Steradian for 12 Trombones, 12 torch beams and dark space is to receive its premiere live performance at the 2018 International Trombone Festival in the US city of Iowa on Saturday 14th July. Steradian examines the relationship between sound, light, space, choreography and theatre/ritual as well as the unique musical and physical characteristics of the trombone. …

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Pioneering oboist Christopher Redgate is releasing New Music For A New Oboe vol.2 featuring Sam Hayden’s surface/tension on 13th July and to celebrate we’ve got a copy of the CD up for grabs in our CE Club Prize Draw! A trail-blazing performer for nearly 40 years, Redgate has been redesigning the key-work of the oboe and, …

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Michael Zev Gordon. Photo: Claire ShoveltonMichael Zev Gordon is Director of the Cheltenham Festival Composer Academy for a third successive year. 12 composers are selected to take part, with a packed series of events and workshops, culminating in two showcase concerts. Vocal group Juice works with Michael, while fellow University of Birmingham composer Scott Wilson works this year with composers …

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Sunday 8 July sees the US Premiere of Philip Cashian’s Leonora Pictures at MoMA, New York. Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble will perform the 8-piece ensemble work alongside works by Shin-ichirō Ikebe and James Primosch in a concert forming part of the annual series Summergarden: New Music for New York. Leonora Pictures was commissioned by Psappha who premiered …

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In Harmony LiverpoolIan Stephen’s longstanding relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra continues with the premiere of To the Atlantic commissioned by the RLPO for Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choirs and their children’s community orchestra In Harmony Liverpool. To the Atlantic is a setting for massed choral-orchestral forces of Gateway to the Atlantic by Roger McGough. Sunday 8 July 2018, Liverpool Philharmonic …

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Kirsty DevaneyIn the tenth year of this ground-breaking programme, the LSO and its East London partner organisations put music, creativity and community centre-stage once again, as over 150 young musicians and the full might of the London Symphony Orchestra explode onto the Barbican stage. Kirsty Devaney along with James Moriarty, have been commissioned to write new pieces …

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Richard BullenComposers Edition is very pleased to welcome Richard Bullen a composer who’s works brim with theatricality, often exploring performance spaces and incorporate video and lighting in their staging as can be seen in the video below of his 2013 Theatre of Resonance for piano and video. So far, we have 11 of Bullen’s works on …

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