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Amanda VillepastourMoving Song and Singing Moves

December 2011

Dr Amanda Villepastour recently visited Philadelphia to present research at the Society of Ethnomusicology (SEM) conference.



prima donna Endowment support for new publication

December 2011

Professor Rachel Cowgill’s forthcoming publication, The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century, has been awarded a generous endowment by the American Musicological Society.



alt text Grant awards for Composer of the Year

November 2011

Dr Arlene Sierra, recently named 2011 Composer of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation (CRF), has received major grant awards from British and American organisations for upcoming projects.



Ken GloagRadical Music History

November 2011

Dr Kenneth Gloag will be participating in the forthcoming Symposium on Radical Music History at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.



The Oresteia Birtwistle and the Oresteia

November 2011

Dr David Beard will be speaking at an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of Sir Peter Hall's famous National Theatre production of The Oresteia.



wreathsElevating Elgar

November 2011

For most of the interwar years, Elgar's The Spirit of England was the sound of Armistice Day for British subjects.



David Ponsford: French Organ Music in the Reign of Louis XIV

March 2011


Book Cover

This is a re-evaluation for both performers and scholars of the important French organ repertory from 1650 to 1715, to include all the publications and the most important manuscripts by composers such as Louis Couperin, Nivers, Lebègue, Raison, François Couperin, de Grigny, Marchand and Clérambault.



Sarah HillAHRC Fellowship awarded to Sarah Hill

March 2011

Dr Sarah Hill has been awarded a grant of £74,000 by the AHRC for her research project, A Cultural History of Popular Music in San Francisco, 1965-69.



David BeardDavid Beard and Kenneth Gloag: new edition of musicology book.

February 2011

Since its first publication by Routledge in 2005, Musicology: The Key Concepts has become established as a central reference work for music students in universities, colleges and conservatoires throughout the world.



Arlene Sierra's 'enrapturing' NYPO premiere

January 2010

Arlene Sierra's new work, Game of Attrition, commissioned by the NYPO, received its world premiere in New York on 17 December 2009.



Kenneth Gloag and Nicholas Jones (eds): Peter Maxwell Davies Studies

October 2009

2009 marks the 75th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, an occasion that presents an opportunity for reflection upon, and appreciation of, a period of compositional achievement that extends from the 1950s to the present.



09JonesHaydncover David Wyn Jones: The Life of Haydn

May 2009

Presenting a fresh picture of the life and work of Joseph Haydn, this is the first biography of the composer to appear in over twenty-five years.



Arlene SierraNew York Philharmonic commissions Arlene Sierra

January 2009

The New York Philharmonic has commissioned Arlene Sierra to write a work for performance in New York in December 2009. The new piece will be premiered at Symphony Space on Broadway on 17 December.



Kenneth Book CoverGloag: Nicholas Maw: Odyssey

June 2008

Following his CUP study of Tippett's A Child of Our Time, Kenneth Gloag has turned his attention to another British masterpiece, Nicholas Maw's Odyssey (1972-87), as part of Ashgate's series 'Landmarks in Music since 1950'.



DrumsBritish Forum for Ethnomusicology, 9-12 April 2008

March 2008

Featuring presentations by scholars from Africa, Europe, North America, South America and the Middle East, this conference at Cardiff University will look at the art of music in a number of distinctive cultural contexts and from a range of different theoretical perspectives.



New Judith Weir CD cover: The Welcome Arrival of Rain New Judith Weir CD issued: The Welcome Arrival of Rain

February 2008

A new CD of orchestral compositions by Judith Weir has just been issued by NMC (NMC D137). The artists are Ailish Tynan (soprano), the BBC Singers, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.



Launch of Concert Programmes Database

December 2007

The School of Music is delighted to announce the launch of a second significant database that has been created under the guidance of Professor John Tyrrell.



Arlene SierraArlene Sierra Showcase Concert at the Royal Opera House

November 2007

Arlene Sierra has been accorded the honour of a Showcase Concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.



Judith WeirWorld Premiere of Judith Weir's Winter Song

October 2007

Winter Song, an extended work for chamber orchestra, is a Scottish-Finnish co-production.



Four New Productions of Judith Weir's Blond Eckbert (pocket version)

October 2007

Blond Eckbert (pocket version, 2006) is a radical rethinking of Judith Weir's large-scale opera of the same name, written for English National Opera in 1994 and based on Ludwig Tieck’s classic novella.



Judith WeirBBC Festival 18-20 January 2008 Judith Weir: Telling the Tale

October 2007

The BBC has announced that Cardiff's Distinguished Visiting Professor, Judith Weir, is being accorded the special honour of being the focus for its annual composer festival in 2008.



Front cover of John Tyrrell's publication, JanacekJohn Tyrrell: Janacek: Years of a Life. Volume 2 (1914-1928) 'Tsar of the Forests'

October 2007

Following the publication in 2006 of the first volume of his ground-breaking biography of Leos Janacek, Professor John Tyrrell's second volume has just been published by Faber & Faber.



Sunflower Sarah Hill on 'A Taste of Summer', BBC Radio 2

October 2007

Dr Sarah Hill has been central to the preparation and making of a new documentary - 'A Taste of Summer' - being broadcast by BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday 9 October, 22.30-23.30.



Front cover of Sarah Hill's book, Blerwytirhwng?Sarah Hill: 'Blerwytirhwng?' The Place of Welsh Pop Music

September 2007

Sarah Hill's 'Blerwytirhwng?' The Place of Welsh Pop Music is the first academic study of Welsh-language popular music and is published as part of Ashgate's Popular and Folk Music Series.



Prague Concert Database finger logoLaunch of Prague Concert Life Database

February 2007

The School of Music and the Central European Music Research Centre (CEMRC) at Cardiff University are delighted to announce the launch of the first stage of an innovative new online database.



Cover of CD, On Buying A Horse, by Judith WeirJudith Weir: On Buying a Horse

January 2007

A new CD of compositions by Judith Weir has just been issued by Signum Records in collaboration with BBC Radio 3.