27 June 2024

UYMP OFFICE CLOSED FOR ONE WEEK, 1st to 8th July

The UYMP office will be closed from 1st to 8th July, as we are moving across the campus.  We may be able to reply to urgent e-mail enquiries, but please accept our apologies if there is any delay in responding to you.  

19 June 2024

SADIE HARRISON COMMISSION FOR EKKLESIA CONTEMPORARY BALLET & CUATRO PUNTOS ENSEMBLE, USA

UYMP is excited to announce that house composer Sadie Harrison has received a substantial ballet commission, as part of a USA project taking place in 2025-2026. 

Sadie writes: "Next April I will be working with Cuatro Puntos Ensemble, Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and choreographer Elisa Schroth in Connecticut USA on a year long project. 'Uncaged: IIluminating female Afghan Artists through music and dance' is inspired by artwork created by women working secretly within Afghanistan."

17 June 2024

Saxton CD release and NMC at 35

Robert Saxton’s new CD is released on Nimbus on Friday 5 July. Featuring Scenes from the Epic of Gilgamesh for full orchestra and The Resurrection of the Soldiers for strings with the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ken Woods. Please click here to listen. Full details may be found on the Nimbus website.

Robert’s music also features in NMC’s 35th birthday concert on Wednesday 3 July. Star baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West will perform Robert’s The Beach in Winter, Scratby, commissioned for NMC’s 20th anniversary CD in 2009. Please click here to purchase the CD

14 June 2024

Thomas Simaku broadcast on National Radio in Belgium

Thomas Simaku’s piece Lʼimage oubliée d’après Debussy was broadcast by VTR MAX radio in Belgium on 2 April 2024 in a programme by 20th and 21st century composers, including Takemitsu, Feldman, Thomas Adès, Lotta Wennäkoski and Toshio Hosokawa. Commissioned by the York Late Music Series to mark the centenary of Debussy’s death, Lʼimage oubliée d’après Debussy received its world premiere in York in September 2018 performed by James Wiltshire.

Composers were asked to choose a piece by Debussy, quote it for a minute or so, and continue in their own style. The piece stems from the first of a set of three piano pieces called Images (oubliées), which was not published until well after Debussy's death. As Simaku writes in his programme note ‘My idea was to bring this imagery to the doorstep of our time’.

3 June 2024

Sat 8th June - A Quaker Trilogy: From concept to completion (York Festival of Ideas, featuring the Micklegate Singers)

Event this Saturday (8th June 2024), 1:00PM at The Mount School, Dalton Terrace, York, YO24 4DD.

"A Quaker Trilogy grew from a concept to inspire young composers at the beginning of their careers by offering funds for the commission of three pieces for the Micklegate Singers.

"The brief was simple: the composers could choose whichever words from a passage written by William Penn that is often read at Quaker memorial meetings they felt they wanted to work with. The fruits of their labours have proved to be a challenge for the choir, but the pieces are all remarkable, and each has been loved by the choir in rehearsal and by the audiences at their respective first performances."

Book tickets here (free admission).

29 May 2024

Late Music York's June concerts

Late Music York have three great final concerts of the season this weekend.   Late Music write: ‘We’re finishing off our season in style. First up (Fri 31st May @ 7:30) experience the next generation of performers, with a vocal quintet from the University of York singing a mix of early and modern music including Monteverdi and Gesualdo. There’s more vocal music on Saturday lunchtime (1st June @ 1:00) as Faye Robinson and Marianna Cortesi bring us songs by living composers including James MacMillan and new settings by local composers. The evening (1st June @ 7:30) sees our very own Late Music Ensemble celebrate the original musical maverick Erik Satie with combination of his work and new Satie inspired pieces.’  Tickets are available online from Late Music York

28 May 2024

Saxton on Spotify

The first movement, Prologue, of Robert Saxton’s Scenes from the Epic of Gilgamesh, performed by the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods, has been released on Spotify.  To listen to the recording, please click hereScenes from the Epic of Gilgamesh was commissioned by Kenneth Woods for the English Symphony Orchestra, with funds provided by the RVW Trust.  We look forward to hearing the complete CD, which will also include Saxton’s The Resurrection of the Soldiers for string orchestra and will be released, on Nimbus, in July!  More news soon! 

Photo credit: Katie Vandyck

3 May 2024

BBC and Guardian feature reviews for Vol. 3 of Lutyens' piano works

Following the release of the third volume of the Resonus series Elisabeth Lutyens: Piano Works performed by Martin Jones, The Guardian have featured a short review of the disc. Fiona Maddocks writes that the album is "engaging, serious, [and] stimulating", adding that Martin Jones "makes a persuasive case" for Lutyens' music. This comes after John Allison described the recording as "meticulously played" in BBC Music Magazine's Classical Music section. He particularly commends Martin Jones' "warmly enigmatic" performance of Berceuse.

1 May 2024

Saturday 4th May concerts at Late Music York

Late Music Concerts York have two great concerts this Saturday, 4th May 2024. The programme includes David Lancaster's Long After Tonight is All Over, for solo flute.  Late Music write: ‘This Saturday we have a tremendous line up of exquisite music performed by fabulous performers - two concerts not to be missed!  Lunchtime Concert @1pm - Mikey Sluman (oboe) & Jenny Hobbins (piano) presenting a programme highlighting the full range of the oboe family, performing works by Louis Andriessen, Althea Talbot-Howard, Desmond Clarke and others featuring oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais and bass oboe alongside Poulenc’s popular Oboe Sonata.

30 April 2024

Ed Hughes' new opera 'States of Innocence' to premiere at Brighton Festival

Ed Hughes’ new opera States of Innocence, based on Milton’s Paradise Lost with a libretto by Peter Cant, premieres at the Brighton Festival on Sunday 19th May 2024 in a concert performance with video projection by Ian Winters, starring legendary bass Sir John Tomlinson as Milton with mezzo soprano Rozanna Madylus as Milton’s Wife / Eve and tenor Stuart Jackson as Milton’s Assistant / Satan. With New Music Players conducted by Andrew Gourlay.

30 April 2024

David Lancaster's setting of Walter de la Mere text receives acclamation at York Late Music

On 3rd February 2024, a York Late Music recital took place at York Unitarian Chapel featuring texts from Walter de la Mere's Peacock Pie, a 1913 book of rhymes for children. Performed by baritone Robert Rice and pianist William Van, the programme consisted of songs by Herbert Howells and Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, alongside a series of nine new works by assorted composers including David Lancaster.

30 April 2024

Emily Pedley-Laws wins the Agnes Heron Cup performing Sadie Harrison’s 'Idyll' for solo left hand piano

Congratulations to Emily Pedley-Laws for her success in the Cambridge Competitive Music Festival this year where she performed house composer Sadie Harrison’s solo piece for left hand piano, entitled Idyll: The World Within. The piece was written for virtuoso Nicholas McCarthy and featured as part of the PASTURE & STORM PROJECT: New Repertoire for left hand alone pianists. It featured on the Prima Facie PFCD193.