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World première “quattro quadri” by Richard Rijnvos

On 16 February 2019 Dutch organist Jan Hage will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ new work quattro quadri. The performance takes place in St Martin Cathedral, locally better known as Dom Church, in the city of Utrecht (the Netherlands). The large-scale organ work, which consists of four movements with a total length of 42 minutes, is part of la Serenissima, a series of compositions dedicated to the city of Venice and its lesser-known, often dark sides. The extramusical subject of the piece is the Black Death in relation to four paintings by the Venetian artist Paolo Veronese of the patron saint Sebastian.

(8 Feb 2019) » More about World première “quattro quadri” by Richard Rijnvos


New CD: ‘Amérique du Nord’ by Richard Rijnvos

Next week the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam will release a CD recording of Richard RIJNVOS's "Amérique du Nord". The work is the second part of “GRAND ATLAS”, a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition.

(29 Jan 2019) » More about New CD: ‘Amérique du Nord’ by Richard Rijnvos


Dr James Weeks wins British Composer Award

James Weeks has won a British Composer Award for his work Libro di fiammelle e ombre at a ceremony at the British Museum in London on Tuesday 4 DecemberThe work was the winning item in the Chamber category, where it was shortlisted alongside works by James Dillon and the late Oliver Knussen.

(1 Nov 2018) » More about Dr James Weeks wins British Composer Award


Philosophy of Improv: UG student reports on event

A two-day workshop exploring the philosophy of improvisation in music and other arts was held recently in Newcastle Arts Centre and the Literary and Philosophical Society. 
The event invited improvising musicians, plus practitioners from visual art, architecture, garden design and dance, to explore an ‘aesthetics of imperfection’, an alternative way of considering the value of spontaneous process over final product. It was hosted by Professor of Philosophy at Durham, and associated Music Department member, Andy Hamilton.

(30 Oct 2018) » More about Philosophy of Improv: UG student reports on event


Suppressing Musical Chills, Goosebumps and Shivers in Listeners

Durham music researchers Mr. Scott Bannister and Professor Tuomas Eerola today saw published a novel experiment that successfully manipulated and suppressed experiences of musical chills, goosebumps and shivers down the spine in listeners.

(29 Oct 2018) » More about Suppressing Musical Chills, Goosebumps and Shivers in Listeners


Performance of Stanford’s ‘The Travelling Companion’

Friday, 30th November, Stanford’s last opera ‘The Travelling Companion’ will be given its first professional performances by new Sussex Opera in November and December. Professor Jeremy Dibble, who has been consulted about these performances, will give pre-performance talks about the work on Friday 30th November (before the performance in the Cadogan Hall) and on Sunday 1st December at the Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. The opera is going to be recorded by SOMM Recordings.
More info at: https://www.newsussexopera.org/

(24 Oct 2018)


World Premiere of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’

Saturday 27th October WORLD PREMIERE of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix 1914-1918’ by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus + Soloists conducted by Adrian Partington.

Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’ will be given its world premiere performance in Cardiff. Only one movement of the Mass, the ‘Gloria’ was ever performed in Stanford’s lifetime and that was with organ, chorus and soloists under Stanford direction in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge in 1920. For this performance the published vocal score by Boosey would have been used.

(24 Oct 2018) » More about World Premiere of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’


DURMS - First issue available

The Music & Science Lab group is pleased to announce the publication of our new journal, Durham Undergraduate Research in Music & Science (DURMS). The inaugural issue of DURMS features the excellent work of 15 of our undergraduate students, who have produced these articles using materials from their coursework for the Music and Science and Psychology of Music modules, or their final year dissertation projects.

(21 Oct 2018) » More about DURMS - First issue available


Spanish première: Rijnvos’ orchestration of Albéniz

On the 1st and 2nd of November 2018 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias will perform Richard Rijnvos’ orchestration of Chants d’Espagne by Isaac Albéniz. It is the first time in Spain a professional symphony orchestra presents this orchestration from 2014 of the 5-movement piano suite, which the most important Spanish composer of his time wrote between 1891 and 1894.

(16 Oct 2018) » More about Spanish première: Rijnvos’ orchestration of Albéniz


New publication by Schott: Stravinsky/Rijnvos

International music publisher Schott Mainz recently issued a brand new publication:
Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, in a version for two pianos by Richard Rijnvos. Stravinsky's masterpiece has been part of the standard orchestral repertoire ever since its première by the New York Philharmonic in 1946.

(8 Oct 2018) » More about New publication by Schott: Stravinsky/Rijnvos


Dr Kelly Jakubowski begins music and memories fellowship

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded Dr Jakubowski an Early Career Fellowship to investigate music-evoked autobiographical memories (MEAMs).

(18 Sep 2018) » More about Dr Kelly Jakubowski begins music and memories fellowship


Funding award for writing skills in music project

Katherine Hambridge, Erin Johnson-Williams and Clare Carr (from the Centre for Academic Development) have been awarded an ‘Enhancing the Student Learning Experience’ grant for a project on writing skills in music.

(30 Aug 2018) » More about Funding award for writing skills in music project