Contemporary Music Group

The Contemporary Music Group has a flexible make-up and specialises in contemporary repertoire.

In recent years it has given concerts across a broad range of themes including:

  • contemporary Polish music
  • a 70th-birthday tribute to the American composer Steve Reich
  • works by living female composers
  • the 100th-birthday of American composer Elliott Carter
  • contemporary African music
  • the 100th-anniversary of the birth of Oliver Messiaen.

The group also devotes its final concert each year to showcasing new works by undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Auditions are held for places in the group and students come from all subjects at the University.

Upcoming concerts:

  • 6 December 2016, Minimalist Classics - works by American minimalists Reich and Glass presented alongside music by Pärt, Tavener and others from the European minimalist tradition
  • 28 February 2017 - music by composers who have combined aspects of various jazz and popular styles with contemporary aesthetic and technical approaches, including Joe Cutler, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Errollyn Wallen and Tansy Davies
  • 3 March 2017 - postgraduate composers collaborate with the CMG in a lunchtime performance of new works (National Museum Cardiff)
  • 5 April 2017, end-of-year showcase - the latest works by undergraduate and postgraduate composers from the School

Upcoming workshop projects:

  • 25 February 2017, Crossing the Border - exploring the relationships and intersections between the worlds of pop, jazz and contemporary music respectively

Director: Dr Robert Fokkens

Robert Fokkens
Dr Robert Fokkens

Dr Fokkens is a South African composer based in the UK. He teaches composition for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the School of Music.

His music is regularly performed in major venues in the UK, South Africa, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, the USA and Japan. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio, Swedish Radio P2 and various South African radio stations.

In addition to a significant body of chamber music and music for large ensembles and orchestra, he writes frequently for the voice, both in concert and dramatic contexts.

Read Dr Fokkens full staff profile.