Continued Composition Success at Department

Continued Composition Success at Department

Composers associated with the Department of Music continue to have achievements around the country with broadcasts, performances and competition success.

It has been a busy period for students, staff and alumni of the Department of Music with composition successes in many different areas and arenas. Students Mollie Carlyle (PhD) and Rachel Sunter (BMus, Year 4) have both been shortlisted for the BBC Young Composers Award in association with the National Centre for Early Music - this is an incredible achievement and Aberdeen composers make up 50% of the final shortlist!

New Music has been at the forefront of many events recently with local ensemble Any Enemy performing student pieces and the department's own contemporary music group, Spectrum, doing likewise to appreciative audiences. Former students Sarah Rimkus, Eoghan Desmond and Ben Ponniah have all recently celebrated important premieres with Rimkus's 'My Heart is Like a Singing Bird' due to be performed at the BBC Proms by the Gesualdo Six on the 30 July. Desmond's 'Amra Choluim Chille' was recently premiered by the Irish Chamber Choir and Ponniah's 'Begin' will be premiered by the Halifax Choral Society on the 24 June. These two works were both final submissions by the composers for their PhD studies.

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