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26th August 2015

"glittering intensity": glowing reviews for Sadie Harrison

Toccata Classics: Sadie Harrison - 'Solos and Duos for Strings and Piano'

Sadie Harrison's new CD of chamber music has been described as having a 'glittering intensity' by Fiona Maddocks, writing in The Guardian. The review echoes Paul Conway's praise for the 'sensitivity and integrity' of Harrison's piano trio, The Bride's Journey, in a recent concert by the Albany Trio.

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17th July 2015


Robert Saxton's Five Motets has been chosen as one of the winning works of the RPS' 'Encore Choral' scheme for 2016/17. This is Saxton's second 'Encore' performance - his work Yardstick to the Stars was selected in 2011 and performed at Cheltenham Festival. Described by the RPS as the hidden gems of contemporary British choral music and an outstanding selection, the choral works will

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25th June 2015

Sadie Harrison Receives Arts Council England Grant for International Collaboration

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Sadie Harrison has been awarded an Arts Council England Grant from the International Development Fund to support her collaborative work with Cuatro Puntos (US) and the Afghanistan National Institute for Music (ANIM).

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17th June 2015


Toccata Classics: Sadie Harrison - 'Solos and Duos for Strings and Piano'

Sadie's latest CD will be released by Toccata Classics in July 2015. The CD contains a collection of miniatures for violin, viola and piano solos and for violin duets performed by Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandilovski, Diana Mathews and Roderick Chadwick.

Martin Anderson of Toccata writes:

'The Australian-British Sadie Harrison is no ordinary composer: she is also an archaeologist and a professional gardener. So it is hardly surprising that a fascination with historical artefacts

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11th June 2015

Lavish praise for Weeks at Spitalfields from The Guardian and The Times

<em>Walled Garden</em> premiere: credit Cheyney Kent

The June 5th concert at Christ Church, Spitalfields, of music by UYMP composer James Weeks has received glowing reviews from The Guardian's George Hall and from Paul Driver of The Sunday Times. Describing the Exaudi/Weeks/Hortus Ensemble combination as 'intricate, subtle and sonically ravishing', Hall praises the performances for bringing 'extraordinary light and colour' to the poetry of the Song of Songs . Mala Punica, eight canonic motets

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26th May 2015


Cuatro Puntos

Following her previous collaborations with Cuatro Puntos, Sadie Harrison has now been appointed as the ensemble's Composer-in-Residence. The residency will consist of a tour to America (Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Boston) in September 2015 where she will work with the group in preparation for the significant world premiere (and three subsequent performances) of Gulistan-e Nur. Sadie will also give a number of lectures and pre-concert talks,

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22nd April 2015

Anne Boyd receives Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award

Anne Boyd at the Sir Bernard Heinze Award ceremony

Anne Boyd was honoured recently with the 2014 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, which was presented to her by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. This highly prestigious award recognises the composer's exceptional contribution to Australian music.

Boyd studied Composition at the University of Sydney with Peter Sculthorpe. Sculthorpe's influence on her was not negligible, particularly his ideas about the importance of establishing an Australian identity

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16th April 2015

Sadie Harrison appointed Guest Director at the Irish Composition Summer School 2015

Photograph credit: Bella West

Sadie Harrison has been appointed the Guest Director at the Irish Composition Summer School 2015, where she will work alongside Nicola Lefanu and Kevin O'Connell at the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin.

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13th April 2015

Austrian premiere of Thomas Simaku's 'Soliloquy V - Flauto Acerbo' at Wiener Konzerthaus

Final page of 'Soliloquy V - Flauto Acerbo'

Thomas Simaku's award-winning work, Soliloquy V - Flauto Acerbo will receive its Austrian premiere at the Vienna Concert Hall, Schubert-Saal, on 20th April 2015. The piece will be performed by Lorina Wallaster as part of the Musica Juventutis programme.

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3rd March 2015

Thomas Simaku on Spanish National Radio

Thomas Simaku's award-winning work Concerto for Orchestra was broadcast on Spanish National Radio on 1st March 2015.

The work, which received first prize at the International Competition for Lutoslawski's 100th Birthday,

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19th February 2015

Chimera Ensemble perform Tinoco's Sundance Sequence

Chimera Ensemble

On Friday 27th February, The Chimera Ensemble will perform Luís Tinoco's Sundance Sequence as part of celebrations for UYMP's 20th anniversary, in their Spring Term concert at the University of York.

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18th February 2015

The Arditti and Paredes on AEON


Counter-tenor Jake Arditti and the Arditti Quartet have released a new CD of works by Hilda Paredes, on the Aeon label. AECD1439 features Hilda's String Quartet No. 2 Cuerdas del Destino, Canciones lunĂ¡ticas for counter-tenor and string quartet (songs setting poetry by Pedro Serrano), In Memoriam Thomas Kakuska for solo violin and Papalote in alternative versions: for voice and violin/voice and string quartet.

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