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Judith Weir appointed Distinguished Visiting Research Professor in Composition

November 2006

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The School of Music at Cardiff University is delighted to announce that Judith Weir CBE has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Research Professor in Composition. The appointment is for three years, from November 2006.

Judith Weir is a composer of international standing and has been commissioned by soloists, ensembles and orchestras including Jessye Norman, the Schubert Ensemble (currently Ensemble in Residence at Cardiff University) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. Her works have been performed on many stages (Carnegie Hall, Kent Opera, English National Opera) and at festivals such as the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival. Her recent works include The Welcome Arrival of Rain (2001) for the Minnesota Orchestra, Tiger Under the Table (2002) for the London Sinfonietta, Armida (2005) - an opera for television broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas Day 2005, and Rain and Mist are on the Mountain, I'd Better Buy Some Shoes (2005) - a duet for two violins based on a fragment of a Gaelic folk song. Future performances include the premiere during the 2007-08 season of a new work commissioned jointly by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Tapiola Sinfonietta from Finland.

Judith, who has recently held visiting academic posts at Princeton and Harvard Universities, will make regular visits to Cardiff to give seminars and tutorials for the School's sizeable community of postgraduate composition students and to work with the School's Ensemble in Residence, the Schubert Ensemble, with whom she has a longstanding professional relationship. She joins a department whose staff include the composers Anthony Powers, Richard Elfyn Jones, Arlene Sierra and Timothy Taylor.