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Electric Guitar Conference in Bowling Green, USA

Skip McDonald PhD composition student Ben Jameson tells us about his recent trip to conference over in the USA: The ‘Electric Guitar in Popular Culture’ conference took place at Bowling Green State University, Ohio at the end of March. The conference was organised by Dr. Matt Donahue from the u niversity’s Department of Popular Culture and brought together scholars and musicians from around North America and the rest of the world with a shared enthusiasm for the electric guitar. Continue reading →

Cantores in Germany

The concert venue at Lüdenscheid Cantores Michaelis, the University of Southampton choral scholars, spent four days in the German town of Lüdenscheid and performed two concerts there and in the nearby town of Herford. Both towns are located near to the Rhine river in Western Germany and are full of lots of lovely German churches and ‘Kneipen’ – traditional German pubs. Continue reading →

New opera for Graz

Klangforum Wien Composition lecturer Dr Matthew Shlomowitz has just received an exciting commission for a new opera: In early 2014 I submitted a short proposal for a one-hour opera to the 6th Johann Joseph Fux Competition for Opera Composition presented by the Province of Styria in Austria. Later in the year I was one of six composers selected to progress to the second round of the competition, and asked to write a scene and develop my proposal (concept, libretto) further. Continue reading →

One week, two operas

Dr Francesco Izzo (Senior Lecturer in Music) talks about recent opera productions: Paula Murrihy (Orontea) and Sebastian Geyer (Creonte); Photo Monika Rittershaus I go to the opera frequently, but the past week has been an especially exciting one. On Sunday, 8 February at the Frankfurt Opera, I had the opportunity to attend one of the rare modern performances of Antonio Cesti’s L’Orontea—one of the most successful operas of the mid seventeenth century. Continue reading →

Ensemble Fractales in Southampton

A special guest blog from Hannah Reardon-Smith, the flautist in Ensemble Fractales, who recently visited Southampton as part of a collaborative project with some of our PhD composers: Ensemble Fractales from the MaNaMa contemporary music master course in Ghent, Belgium, recently had the opportunity to visit the University of Southampton to work with three of the young composers there. Continue reading →

International Staff Café Christmas Celebration

University of Southampton staff are invited to the International Staff Café Christmas Celebration, taking place on Thursday 18 December from 16:30 to 17:45 in the Nuffield Theatre Kitchen (café). This event will provide international staff with the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues, find out how things work in the UK, and/or discuss pedagogic and practical issues. Continue reading →