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Academy composers in new NMC release

Professor Philip Cashian - Posted on 09.02.2016

It’s a pleasure when music that started off in a student project goes on to reach wider audiences, and it’s particularly pleasing when several works simultaneously take this same route. That’s what has happened recently to three pieces by Academy composers which will be released by NMC Recordings on 19th February. This new disc, a joint recording by the London Sinfonietta and CoMA London Ensemble, celebrates a decade of CoMA’s Open Score project.

Composition alumni Phil Venables, Alex Campkin and Naomi Pinnock composed their featured works in a CoMA Project here a few years ago. So these pieces, composed within the MMus programme, have now gone well beyond the Academy’s walls. Music by composition professor Tansy Davies and by me will also feature on the release.

NMC’s new release, and CoMA’s new Open Score portal, will be launched at The Festival of Contemporary Music down the road at Kings Place next month. The launch will be followed by a concert by the London Sinfonietta together with CoMA players. Repertoire will include the premiere of Into pieces by Junior Academy teacher Hannah Kendall, along with my own works Braggadocio and Mechanik, and Tansy Davies’s Feather and Goose.

Tansy and I will also be leading workshops in a substantial programme of related events: the full details can be found here. If you are unable to make the event do listen out for us on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now.

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