Lee Westwood made one of Sound & Music’s New Voices

Our member, Lee Westwood has been commissioned through the ‘Portfolio’ scheme to write a new work for London-based choir MusArc, to be premiered this Summer at The Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey. In conjunction with this, Sound and Music have also made him one of their ‘New Voices’ featured composers for the period 2014-2015, and a selection of his works will be published by Composer’s Edition.

Congratulations to Lee

Also in March

‘A Hidden Order’ Exhibition, Prince’s School Of Traditional Arts, Shoreditch, March 19th – 27th.

A collaboration between composer Lee Westwood & geometer Sama Mara, exploring the relationship between music and geometry, resulting in a multimedia performance of a new suite for mixed ensemble where sounds are converted into realtime live graphics. Ensemble includes Philippe Barnes (flute), Suzie Shrubb (cor anglais), Adam Bushell (marimba/percussion) and Susie Winkworth (cello). Supported by the Arts Council and the Prince’s School Of Traditional Arts.

‘A Hidden Order’ the album available 1st February from www.lee-westwood.com

NMB 20th Anniversary 1994–2014

Happy New Year to everyone.

This year marks our 20th Anniversary, our first concert was on the 11 May 1994 and our next concert will be a Multimedia Concert at the Friends Meeting House Wednesday 19 March at 7.30pm. The programme will be announced as soon as we can and there is still time for members to submit a piece.

Later this year will also be a solo piano concert with Helen Burford, again at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton on Wednesday 3 September, programme to be announced (a submission form has just been sent to members, please let us know if you haven’t received one).

We’re hoping to announce some more concerts for this year and we also hope to institute some informal Salon concerts for members to play pieces in an informal setting, we’ll let members know once we have more details.

 

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The Riot Ensemble: More Hands

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We’re pleased to announce our next concert on the 31st October, 7:30pm, at the Friends Meeting House with the Riot Ensemble. The full programme is:

Lutoslawski Songs
Barry Mills Piano Duet No 2
Martin Suckling Flute Piece
Guy Richardson Ahavah Rabbah

~ Interval ~

Amy Beth Kirsten Two Monologues
Phil Baker Echo’s Antiphons
Jonathan Clark Songs
Patrick Harrex Tramezzino

Coursera

An increasing trend in Adult/Continuing Education is the use of the internet to deliver short courses online via video lecture and online forums. One of the largest organisations that do this is Coursera which is has a number of music courses that are either just about to start or scheduled to start in the next six months. They’re all free at the moment and here are the music ones that have caught my eye. All the courses are given by Universities or Music Colleges.

Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Dr. Evan Feldman
Workload: 4-6 hours/week
Sessions: August 2013 (8 weeks long)

https://www.coursera.org/course/music-ensembles

Songwriting  (Berklee College of Music)
Pat Pattison
Jul 19th 2013 (6 weeks long)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week

https://www.coursera.org/course/songwriting

 

Jazz Improvisation  (Berklee College of Music)
Gary Burton
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Jul 19th 2013 (5 weeks long)

https://www.coursera.org/course/improvisation

 

Survey of Music Technology  (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Jason A. Freeman
Workload: 5-7 hours/week
Aug 26th 2013 (6 weeks long)

https://www.coursera.org/course/musictech

 

Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists (California Institute of the Arts)
Ajay Kapur
October 2013 (8 weeks long)
Workload: 2-4 hours/week

 

Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition (National University of Singapore)
Peter Edwards
Workload: 2-3 hours/week
January 2014 (6 weeks long)



https://www.coursera.org/course/classicalcomp
A complete list of the music courses is here:
https://www.coursera.org/courses?orderby=upcoming&search=music

Closet music: call for imaginary works

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Closet Music: Imaginary Sound-worlds Open call for works: the Travel Pack Closet Music is a genre of works never intended to be performed out loud: the challenge is to create pieces for private, imaginary performance or contemplation. See the website for details, background, samples…  www.closetmusic.co.uk

Following the successful launch of the first collection of Closet Music works, composers, artists, writers and musicians are invited to contribute to the next stage: a Travel Pack of new Closet Music works. Each work has to fit on to A6 (post-card sized) cards (or on a series of these cards) which will be separate items collected in a playing-card type box. The travel pack will be very portable and ideal for passing the time on journeys… the theme of travel/journeying itself would be a fruitful (though not essential) one for creating the travel pack.

There is no fee for participation in this project. Contributors included in the final Travel Pack will receive a copy of the Travel Pack. Closing date for initial submissions: July 15th 2013 You are welcome to send (or discuss) ideas before sending full pieces. Send them in to me in pdf or jpeg format:
Janet@closetmusic.co.uk