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36. Future Song: Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Ross Griffey, Martin Suckling & Stephen Newbould

18 October 2019, 11:00 - 12:00


Symposium

Free Events Study Event




Composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Ross Griffey and Martin Suckling, all of whom have newly-commissioned works being premiered in the Festival, take part in a discussion led by Stephen Newbould, CEO of Spitalfields Music and formerly of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. They discuss their own work, but also wider questions of style, perception and reception of new music and song in particular.


Cheryl Frances-Hoad's new work Endless Forms Most Beautiful will be peformed this evening at 5.45pm in the Museum of Natural History, with the Gildas Quartet and soprano Carola Darwin. Full details here.

Martin Suckling's new cycle The Tuning will be performed by Marta Fontanals Simmons and Christopher Glynn on Saturday 19 October. Full details here.

Ross Griffey's new work will be performed by Nicholas Mogg and Christopher Glynn on Monday 21 October. Full details here.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad's new setting of Baudelaire, Une Charogne, will be performed by Jess Dandy and Sholto Kynoch on Wednesday 23 October. Full details here.


Artist Portrait

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Composer

Cheryl Frances-Hoad was born in Essex in 1980 and received her musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the University of Cambridge (where she was awarded a double 1st for her BA in Music and a distinction for her MPhil in Composition) and Kings College London (PhD, Composition). Her music has been described as “like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition” (The Times), with “a voice overflowing not only with ideas, but also with the discipline and artistry necessary to harness them” (The ... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Ross Griffey

Ross Griffey

Composer

American composer Ross S. Griffey is the recipient of several national and regional awards, including an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, first prize in the Voices of Change/ Dallas Symphony Orchestra Texas Young Composers Project, and first prize in the New York Composers Circle Competition. Recent and notable performances of his work include the premiere of Night Music by the New Juilliard Ensemble, the premiere of Brooke on Love at last year’s Oxford Lieder Festival, and a performance of A Catalogue of Agonies as part of an ... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Martin Suckling

Martin Suckling

Composer

Martin Suckling was born in Glasgow in 1981. After spending his teenage years performing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and in ceilidh bands around Scotland, Suckling studied music at Clare College Cambridge and King’s College London. He was a Paul Mellon Fellow at Yale University from 2003-5, undertook doctoral research at the Royal Academy of Music, and subsequently became a Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at Somerville College, Oxford. His teachers include George Benjamin, Robin Holloway, Paul Patterson, Martin Bres... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Stephen Newbould

Stephen Newbould

Speaker

After studying music at Manchester University, Stephen Newbould joined the staff of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, helping launch Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) from within the CBSO in 1987. After periods as the first Midlands Director of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now scheme and Music Officer for North West Arts Board, he returned to BCMG to run the pioneering Sound Investment commissioning scheme, and became the ensemble’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive in 2001. Under his leadership BCMG premiere... Read Full Biography

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