Sanctiandree label releases second album
30 October 2015
The University of St Andrews is to release a second album of choral music on its Sanctiandree record label.
Ca’ the Yowes: A Traditional Tapestry features the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, directed by university organist Tom Wilkinson.
The disc will feature performances of traditional songs from Scotland, Ireland and England including 'The Skye Boat Song', 'The Turtle Dove', 'Loch Lomond' and 'Auld Lang Syne', as well as a performance of 'The Land of the Mountain and the Flood' by Hamish MacCunn on the 1923 Harrison and Harrison concert organ at the Caird Hall in Dundee.
Wilkinson said of the release: 'St Salvator’s Chapel Choir represents a centuries-old tradition in a profoundly international cultural setting. In this context, the performance of folk songs has a special place in our repertoire and a special resonance with our listeners. This is especially true at our graduation ceremonies; a defining moment in the student rite of passage and a time when the University welcomes countless family and friends from all corners of the globe.
'The performance of traditional songs has become a cherished tradition at these extraordinary occasions and one which, as a result, has become synonymous with the choir. Successive university organists have, unsurprisingly, found themselves naturally drawn to the arrangement of folk songs: my own modest contributions follow in the rich tradition of my illustrious predecessors Cedric Thorpe Davie and John Kitchen, whose beautiful version of 'The Isle of Mull' opens the disc.'
To mark the release of Ca’ the Yowes
, St Salvator’s Chapel Choir will give a concert in the chapel of Haddo House, Aberdeenshire on 21 November at 1pm. Tickets for this event, which include afternoon tea in Haddo House library, cost £10 and are available here
Ca’ the Yowes will be on general sale from 23 November, priced £9.99. All proceeds will go to the University of St Andrews Music Centre to fund future choral activities.
St Salvator's Chapel Choir
Edition Peters choral music survey
29 October 2015
Edition Peters and Tido, in association with the Association of British Choral Directors and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, are looking for people involved in choral music to take part in a survey.
The questions are intended to help the organisations understand how choral musicians are using sheet music and technology now, and how they might use them in the future.
The survey aims to ascertain where choirs acquire sheet music, whether singers use digital devices as part of their choral singing, and which apps they use.
Responses are anonymous and the survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
Edition Peters Choral Music Survey
2015 British Composer Awards shortlist announced
29 October 2015
James DillonSimon Jay Price
The shortlist for the 2015 British Composer Awards has been announced.
It comprises 33 composers across 12 categories, including sonic art, orchestral, and community or educational project, with 40% of those shortlisted being first-time nominees.
The 36 shortlisted works include a choral piece inspired by the rhythm of skateboarders, a science fiction opera, and work marking the centenary of the first world war.
The shortlists for the choral and liturgical categories are as follows:
Papaver by Dai Fujikura
Stabat Mater dolorosa by James Dillon
St Luke Passion by James MacMillan
John the Baptist by Michael Finnissy
Little Mass by James MacMillan
Salve Regina by Kerry Andrew
Samuel Bordoli, whose work GRIND has been shortlisted for a community award, will be featured as the New Music composer in the March/April 2016 issue of C&O.
BASCA chairman Stephen McNeff said: ‘This year’s British Composer Awards sees us reaping the benefits of our new digital application process and a wonderful 33% rise in submissions. This means that the range and depth of submissions is enriched and we are reaching out across our profession to present a shortlist that reflects a wider, truer and more diverse picture of contemporary classical and jazz than ever before.’
Radio 3 controller Alan Davey said: ‘The UK’s contemporary music scene is thrilling. This shortlist shows what a remarkable year it has been. As the most significant commissioner of new music, BBC Radio 3 is dedicated to bringing our millions of listeners the very latest high quality contemporary composition. We wish the shortlisted composers the very best of luck and look forward to broadcasting the awards on Radio 3’s Hear and Now in December.’
The winners in each category will be announced at the British Film Institute (BFI) on 9 December.
British Composer Awards
NYCGB receive PRS award
29 October 2015
Kerry AndrewMorag Galloway
The NYCGB were selected for their New Music Programme’s upcoming commissions from three young British composers (supported by a grant from the PRS For Music Foundation).
The three works - by Vikki Stone, Kerry Andrew and James Rose - are intended to challenge and capture the imagination of NYCGB’s members, aged 9-25 across five constituent choirs. The pieces will be premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 April 2016 as part of a festival programme celebrating British choral music, with subsequent performances scheduled for venues across the UK, China and Hong Kong.
NYCGB director Ben Parry said: 'NYCGB’s New Music Programme aims to create new works that challenge and inspire our young singers whilst increasing the scope of choral music to engage a wider audience. We are delighted that our collaboration with three highly individual young British composers has been recognised by the PRS for Music Foundation and are honoured to receive the David Bedford Music Education Award.'
The David Bedford Music Education Award is given four times a year by PRS for Music Foundation to education projects involving composers and new music which they have funded. This will be the second time NYCGB has received the award: their first was in 2014 for a project with beatboxer Shlomo which resulted in the new work, ‘She Lost My Crossed Heart’.
PRS for Music Foundation: David Bedford Music Education Award
Temple Winter Festival programme revealed
28 October 2015
The programme for the third Temple Winter Festival, which will take place 14-18 December at Temple Church, has been revealed.
The festival opens with a performance from the London Community Gospel Choir
on 14 December with a programme of gospel, traditional, swing and soul music.
On 15 December, Stile Antico
will perform Clemens non Papa's Christmas mass 'Pastores quidnam vidistis’ and a selection of German carols and motets including Eccard’s 'Übers Gebirg Maria geht' and Praetorius’ double-choir Magnificat, which includes the carols 'In dulci jubilo' and 'Josef lieber, Josef mein'. The following night, Cardinall's Musick
will present a programme of Tallis, including his Christmas mass 'Puer natus est nobis' and the motet ‘If ye love me’.
New five-part vocal consort Eo Nomine
will present a programme titled 'Scent from Above' on 17 December, featuring seasonal 16th-century pieces and some more familiar fare.
Temple Church associate organist Greg Morris
's lunchtime recital on 18 December focuses on works by Nordic composers, including Nielsen and Buxtehude. In the evening, Temple Church Choir
and Temple Brass bring the festival to a close with Christmas music by Einojuhani Rautavaara and Arvo Pärt, movements from Mendelssohn’s Christus
and more contemporary sacred works by John Tavener and Eric Whitacre.
Tickets are available online, and cost from £10.
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