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Monday Recital Series
Monday 26 February 2018 1.15pm

RNCM Concert Hall

Kurt Weill Youkali; Wie lange noch; Es regnet

Yuliya Shkvarko soprano Stathis Chomatsas piano

Jacques Ibert Two Interludes Camille Saint-Saëns Tarantelle Op 6

Irene Jimenez Lizcano flute Antonio Perez Barrera clarinet Hector Leung piano

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Spotlight Triple-Bill
Monday 26 February 2018 6.30pm

Carole Nash Recital Room

A showcase of student groups from the RNCM who have programmed new and contemporary music in various forms.

// 6.30pm Soundscapes – Contemporary music for bassoon and clarinet

// 7.10pm HAZY – A Classical Performance…But Not Really

// 7.50pm Sylvette and the Lux string quartet – Experimental compilation work based on material by Sylvette

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Expanding Professionalism in Music
Wednesday 28 February 2018 4.15pm

Forman Lecture Theatre

Professor Heidi Westerlund (University of the Arts, Helsinki)

Terms such as hybrid, crossover, postmodern or community artist are increasingly being used to refer to contemporary arts professionals whose work has expanded beyond established institutional environments, often involving inter-disciplinary collaborations and boundary-crossing. This presentation shows how expanding professionalism challenges the purpose of music teaching and learning, commonly constructed through the lens of musical quality only, as the interpenetration of other professional fields shifts the purpose qualitatively towards a more ethical, socially responsible and people-centered profession. Symptomatic of this shift, however, is an increasing discourse on wellbeing at the policy level that often reduces music to a ‘cure’ for a variety of individual and social problems. Using systems analysis the presentation shows how the purpose of a music education system can be expanded, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of its practices. The presentation draws upon research from the ArtsEqual initiative at the University of the Arts Helsinki (http://www.artsequal.fi/en), which currently involves over 90 researchers across the arts.


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Decontamination Double-Bill
Wednesday 28 February 2018 8.00pm

Carole Nash Recital Room

DECONTAMINATION #12 FRAGMENTATION AND DISTORTION In this short concert, violinist Aisha Orazbayeva and flautist Kathryn Williams perform solo music by Salvatore Sciarrino alongside radical interpretations of early music. Sciarrino’s often fleeting, fragmentary, inherently exploratory music that pushes instrumentalists to their limits is matched with early music imagined through extended techniques and maverick performance practice.

DECONTAMINATION #13 LECTURE ABOUT SAD MUSIC AND HAPPY DANCE The third of Matthew Shlomowitz’s provocative lecture pieces, Lecture About Sad Music and Happy Dance, is a collaboration between himself, dancer-choreographer Shila Anaraki and violinist Aisha Orazbayeva. He asks: ‘How can abstract music and dance elicit emotional responses from audiences? What can evolutionary biology tell us about emotional reactions to art? Do the sonic qualities of sad music relate to the physical qualities of sad dance? How does the happy dance of France compare with the happy dance of Indonesia? What emotion does sadness plus surprise combine to make? Why do we want to see art that makes us feel sad, and why does sad art sometimes make us happy?’


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RNCM Harp Ensemble
Thursday 1 March 2018 1.15pm

RNCM Concert Hall

Gareth Glyn Cwlwm Cân Osian Ellis Diversions (Clymau Cytgerdd) Grace Williams Hiraeth John Thomas Scenes of Childhood Carol Harris Cawl Cennin (Leek Soup)

Eira Lynn Jones director

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RNCM Composers’ Concert
Friday 2 March 2018 7.30pm

Carole Nash Recital Room

Adam Gorb, Head of Composition, introduces this concert of new and recently premiered works, written by RNCM composers and performed by their fellow students.

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Gustav Mahler Society in the North and Midlands
Saturday 3 March 2018 1.00pm

RNCM Conference Room

Gustav Mahler (arr Coghill) Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (version for wind quintet) Gustav Mahler (arr Coghill) Urlicht (version for wind quintet)

A talk by Colin Matthews on his contribution to Deryck Cooke’s performance version of Mahler’s 10th Symphony, followed by a short recital of Mahler songs by the Prima Wind Quintet.

Tickets £17.50 Non Members, £15.50 Students, £16.50 GMS Members

 


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Contemporary Music for all (CoMA) Festival 2018
Sunday 4 March 2018 7.00pm

RNCM Concert Hall

This nationwide biennial festival offers musicians of all ages and abilities a gateway into the exciting, imaginative and essential world of contemporary music, a vibrant celebration in which professional, amateur and young musicians can come together to celebrate works by many of the leading composers of today.

Composition students at the RNCM will have their pieces workshopped and premiered by a pro-am ensemble as part of a mixed day of contemporary music making. Following a performance of CoMA Open Score commissions by CoMA partner ensembles and young musicians from the GM Music Hub, a new commission by composer Nigel Osborne for large forces, conducted by Stuart Hazelton, will be the centrepiece of a final concert, a catalyst for creating as diverse an ensemble as possible, to which allcomers are invited.

Visit www.coma.org to get involved


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