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Tŷ Cerdd
Sep 30, 2020
In OFF GRID
A recording of Sarah's recent online presentation SARAH ANGLISS London-based composer, performer and electronic artist Sarah Angliss aims to make music that gets under the skin. She performs live and creates music for film, theatre and the concert stage. Sarah’s highly inventive work reflects an eclectic musical background. A classically-trained composer and instrumentalist who specialised early on in baroque and renaissance music, Sarah cut her teeth performing on the UK folk scene. She also has a background in electroacoustics and biologically-inspired robotics. Sarah combines these disciplines to create finely-wrought music, hard to classify, where acoustic instruments are augmented by her bespoke electronics, Max and musical automata. The Ealing Feeder, for example, is a robotic polyphonic carillon she’s built to play at inhuman speeds, creating sound with an uncanny physical presence as it’s conjured by a machine on stage.  Angliss mixes her robotics seamlessly with notated music, live electronics and bespoke patches devised in Max, a compositional tool she uses extensively. Thematically,  Sarah is inspired by the meeting point of machines and mysticism and to contemporary expressions of ancient folklore in the city. This was the subject of Ealing Feeder (2017), an album steeped in the sounds of sirens, wrestling rings, the Thames and the London tree canopy. A transfiguration myth in the ancient song ‘The Two Magicians’ is reimagined in a masked wrestling club in Bethnal Green and the drowning myth ‘The Cruel Sister’ – in which a woman’s body is used to make a violin that speaks – is set around a sluice gate leading to the Thames today. The twin tracks ‘Raven (Thought and Memory)’ in her follow-up album Air Loom  (2019) reimagine wireless networking by drawing on Norse mythology: myths of gods and their messengers reading the thoughts of all men and women as they traverse the world in invisible ships. A prolific live performer, Sarah plays regularly at live at venues and festivals championing new music including The Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Cafe Oto, Kings’ Place, LSO St Luke’s, The Union Chapel, Camden Arts Centre and BBC Radio Theatre, London; National Sawdust, Brooklyn; The Wales Millennium Centre; Cardiff; BBC Halls, Swansea; Centre for Contemporary Arts and Glad Cafe, Glasgow; Supersonic Festival, Birmingham;  Supernormal, Oxfordshire; The Arnolfini, The Cube and Spike Island, Bristol; Star and Shadow Newcastle; Golden Lion, Todmorden; Elektriteater, Tartu, and many others. Sarah also applies her unusual sonic techniques to film and theatre and has been commissioned for the main stages of The Old Vic, The Young Vic, National Theatre and The Almedia. Her underscore for The Hairy Ape, Eugene O’Neill’s expressionist play from 1926 about the shock of modernity played in The Old Vic, London, and Park Avenue Armory, New York (directed by Richard Jones). Sarah has also created and performed live film scores for the BFI seasons Gothic – the Dark Heart of Film and Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder. In 2019, she composed a vocal, instrumental and electroacoustic score for Amulet, a contained horror set in London. Written and directed by Romola Garai, Amulet was selected for Sundance 2020. In November 2018, Sarah received a Composer’s Award from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation – three years of open-ended funding that’s enabling her to continue experimenting alongside assorted commissions. She’s currently composing Giant, an electroacoustic chamber opera exploring the chilling betrayal of Charles Byrne (librettist Ross Sutherland; director and dramaturg Sarah Fahie). Giant is supported by Snape Music and funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. In 2021, she’ll be embarking on Buying the Wind – a timely collaboration with poet Hannah Lowe (funded by PRS Foundation for Music), exploring the wind and tide that have brought people, ideas, artefacts, fears, dreams and so much more to the UK, thanks to our elemental and defiantly porous border.
Sarah Angliss CoDI Off-Grid talk content media
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Tŷ Cerdd
May 11, 2020
In INTERACT EVENTS
An online well-being session led by Richard Whitelaw (coach, counsellor & trainer, with an extensive background in leadership in music and the arts). 11:00-12:00  or  14:00-15:00 Friday 29th May 2020 (via Zoom) Fostering and maintaining hope is one of the most useful things we can do during a crisis or when we are stuck. In this session we'll explore how we can do this for ourselves and how we can best help others to find hope again. Email codi@tycerdd.org now to secure your place. First come, first served - each of the two 60-minute sessions is limited to just 15 participants so early booking is advisable. This event is FREE for Welsh and Wales-based composers. However you will be asked to pay a £10 deposit which will be returned to you following the event.
29.05.20 WEBINAR: The Physics of Hope content media
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Tŷ Cerdd
Apr 20, 2020
In INTERACT EVENTS
The meeting will take place via Zoom: 3-4pm, Friday 24 April. AGENDA 1. Introduction by Deborah Keyser & Steph Power (Director & Chair, Tŷ Cerdd) 2. Sharing of issues and experiences in the current lockdown situation 3. Harriet Wybor (Relationship Manager, PRS for Music) gives an update and takes questions on membership and distributions 4. Info-sharing of opportunities and crisis funds currently available to UK composers 5. Outline of CoDI 2020/21 programme 6. Questions from the floor Please let us know ASAP if you have any particular areas of discussion you’d like to raise, so that we can add them to the plans. RSVP If you would like to take part please email matthew.thistlewood@tycerdd.org before Friday 24th April. We will then send you the meeting ID and password details.
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Tŷ Cerdd
Jan 08, 2020
In COMPOSER NEWS
BBC Radio 3 recording of Swansea Philharmonic Choir performing 3 Postcards by Nathan James Dearden. https://soundcloud.com/swansea-phil-choir/bbc-radio-3-nathan-james-dearden-swansea-philharmonic-choirwav?fbclid=IwAR1R_ciIETE7n7-dhkRA5uZR_Z91cgP8foPl5nIE3q-f8sCEhZfhpK2Oxzg
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Tŷ Cerdd
Jan 08, 2020
In INTERACT EVENTS
10:15-12:00 Saturday 15th February 2020 PL2, Lefel 2, Pontio, Bangor ​ Led by Richard Whitelaw (coach, counsellor & trainer, with extensive background in leadership in music and the arts) ​ It is evident that starting out as a professional composer is very hard: although you might be making it harder than it needs to be… ​ In this session we’ll explore how your perspectives on your past, your behaviour in the present and your approach to the future might be working against you. You might be getting in your own way and sabotaging yourself without even knowing it. ​ You’ll come away with some new strategies and maybe a new perspective on your whole story. This event is free of charge to Welsh and Wales based composers. Email matthew.thistlewood@tycerdd.org to secure your place.
15.02.20 The Resilient Composer content media
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Tŷ Cerdd
Dec 05, 2019
In COMPOSER NEWS
David John Roche's Six Prayers has been nominated for the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2020. David features alongside composers from Spain, Hong Kong and China on a shortlist selected by Thomas Adès, from 93 entries from 32 countries. The 4 nominated works will be performed on 31 May 2020 at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. MORE
David Roche shortlisted for Takemitsu Prize content media
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Tŷ Cerdd
Nov 19, 2019
In COMPOSER NEWS
Tŷ Cerdd has announced that composer Mark Bowden has been selected to represent the Welsh Section at the 2020 World New Music Days, to be held in New Zealand, 21-30 April: his Five Memos for violin and piano will be performed alongside the best in new music put forward by ISCM sections from around the world. read more
Bowden to represent Wales at ISCM 2020 content media
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Tŷ Cerdd
Nov 12, 2019
In COMPOSER NEWS
Nathan James Dearden talks about his new work Three Postcards, composed as part his 2018/19 Making Music Adopt a Composer collaboration with Swansea Philharmonic Choir. "When writing for voice or grouped voices, I have always considered the text’s relationship to musical form and structure, which often guides harmonic decisions and the pacing of the music, but have never had the opportunity to work as closely to the source of the text – the poet. This is a key aspect of the music making process that I feel can be overlooked; amazing when you consider how significant, if not the most significant, the element of the text can be for vocal music. As part of the workshops with the Swansea Philharmonic Choir and conductor Jon Rogers, we have created three responses in the form of 'postcards' to the city of Swansea, marking the 50th anniversary of Swansea being given city status and the choir’s 60th anniversary. Two of the responses have already received a preview performance during the process, and all three will be premiered as a set in December." read more
Swansea premiere of Dearden Adopt a Composer work content media
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Tŷ Cerdd
Oct 21, 2019
In COMPOSER NEWS
Lucy McPhee has been named as one of five composers chosen from 43 submissions to this year's The Night With... Call for Scores which takes place in Glasgow in November. The workshop will take place at 4pm on 24th November in the Scottish Music Centre. It is free to attend but registration is esential. Do so here: https://www.musicglue.com/the-night-with-dot-dot-dot/events/f2ce6c49-3d0b-40f8-8452-e53917da5e67 One work will be chosen for première during The Night With... the Hermes Experiment on the 25th, 26th and 27th in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Book your tickets from www.thenightwith.com The Night With… is a charity (SC048739) based in Glasgow presenting salon style concerts of interesting music in intimate, informal venues across Scotland and further afield. Run by Matthew Whiteside, it provides development and commissioning opportunities for young and emerging composers.
The night with ... Lucy McPhee shortlisted for Scottish premiere content media
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Tŷ Cerdd
Oct 10, 2019
In BLOGS
Tŷ Cerdd has announced that Jack White and Iestyn Harding have each been awarded grants to enable them to bring new work to the concert platform, alongside community performing groups. Jack and Iestyn had been part of an original cohort of eight artists selected for the 18/19 CoDI Buddies programme pairing composers with local societies. To facilitate this, each composer and performing group received an initial grant from CoDI, with the pairings collaborating over a series of workshops in early 2019. Jack White worked with Côr Aduniad from Cwmbran to develop Beacons, an experimental vocal piece that features the use of moving audio speakers. It takes its name from the Brecon Beacons mountain range, on which fires would be lit to warn of approaching armies. Fire is used as a metaphor for potential change in the work, and the choir moves around the performing space before coming together in the last section. The additional grant of £750 will allow Jack to work with the choir (who receive £250) to complete the piece ready for its premiere in March 2020. Iestyn Harding workshopped sketches for a triple concerto with musicians from the Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra over three workshops during June. Building on these experiments, he will now work with the group to complete his work for solo violin, flute, horn and orchestra ready for its first performance during the summer of 2020. Buddies is one of multiple strands run as part of CoDI, Tŷ Cerdd’s development programme for Welsh composers. From January to June 2019 eight artist / community music group pairings workshopped new pieces that included music for wind quintet, experimental electronic music and a piece for massed brass bands. Jack White and Iestyn Harding’s proposals for developing their initial work were selected by Ty Cerdd’s panel to go forward to development. Matthew Thistlewood, of Ty Cerdd said: “It’s been a pleasure to see the range of excellent work that has been developed through CoDI over the last year – and heartening to see such vibrant links between professional composers and our thriving societies. Jack and Iestyn’s projects were both artistically imaginative and accessible for the groups they were working with – and we’re so pleased that the ensembles want to work with the composers to bring them to audiences.” A call to artists for the 19/20 CoDI Buddies opportunity will be made in mid-October.
Buddies £1k commissions announced content media
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