Dr Philip Thomas with Apartment House honoured with RPS Award

Dr Philip Thomas as a member of Apartment House has won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Chamber Music and Song category. Last night’s awards ceremony at The Dorchester in London saw Artistic Director Anton Lukoszevieze receive the award on the ensemble’s behalf.
The Winners Citation read:
      “Apartment House’s performances are always revelatory, and the concert of John Cage’s music at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in September 2011 was an epiphany, confirming the status of Apartment House as one of the most innovative and exciting chamber ensembles in Europe.”
special RPS Music Awards programme will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 13 May at 2pm.
Apartment House wins 2012 RPS Award

Dr Julie Wilson-Bokowiec ‘Future voices of Digital Opera’

Dr Julie Wilson-Bokowiec has recently published the article ‘Future voices of digital opera: re-imagining the diva’ in a special edition of the International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media (Vol 8 No 1, Digital Opera). More information about Julie’s work as a performer, director and scholar can be found on her website:  www.bodycoder.com

PA Tremblay on tour with de type inconnu

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay & Sylvain Pohu, de type inconnu

Dr Pierre Alexandre Tremblay is on tour in the UK, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Canada and with his duo de type inconnu with dates from 5-20 May 2012. Details as follows:

05/05/2012 – The Edge, Birmingham, UK

07/05/2012 – Servant Jazz Quarters, London, UK

08/05/2012 – Karnatic Lab, De Badcuyp, Amsterdam, NL

09/05/2012 – Le périscope, Lyon, FR

11/05/2012 – Mons, BE

20/05/2012 – Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, Québec, CA

Audio samples at: http://detypeinconnu.bandcamp.com/

EXAUDI vocal ensemble in residence


EXAUDI conducted by James Weeks. rehearsal of Aaron Cassidy’s new work in St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield

EXAUDI vocal ensemble has been residence at CeReNeM/University of Huddersfield from 28 April to 2 May, supported by a generous grant from the University Research Fund. In addition to extensive rehearsals on works by CeReNeM staff members Aaron Cassidy (PRSF New Music 20×12 commission) and Bryn Harrison (Britten-Pears commission), the group led a vocal workshop with Huddersfield undergraduate singers, a composition workshop with CeReNeM postgraduate composers, and school education/outreach events in composition and choral singing at Huddersfield New College.

James Weeks, conductor and Artistic Director of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, has been keeping a blog about the process of learning, preparing, and rehearsing Aaron Cassidy’s new work, A painter of figures in rooms, commissioned by the PRSF New Music 20×12 programme for the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad.

Tremblay, Adkins, Einbond & Roche at INTER/actions Conference, Bangor

Composers Pierre-Alexandre Tremblay, Monty Adkins, Aaron Einbond, and clarinettist Heather Roche attended INTER/actions, a three day conference (10-12 April) and mini-festival, exploring performance and interaction in electronic music at the University of Bangor. Organised by Xenia Pestova and her team, the conference featured a mix of workshops, lectures and performances. Four composers based at Huddersfield were represented: Aaron Einbond’s ‘Temper’ for bass clarinet and electronics, a movement from Monty Adkins’ Four Shibusa (the album recently released on audiobulb) for clarinet and electronics, Pierre-Alexandre Tremblay’s ‘La rupture inéluctable’ for bass clarinet and electronics and Eric Maestri’s ‘Ritratto Vivente’ for violin and electronics (with Georgia Privitera, violin). Se-Lien Chuang made the video of the performance of Tremblay’s work given by Heather Roche which is now available on YouTube.