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29 March 2021

Sound Generator Artists announced

Sound UK

A new artist development programme, Sound Generator supports early career artists and the work they present. A panel of judges, including leading figures across contemporary music, chose six artists working at the forefront of sound and music.

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13 March 2021

Say Hi: Programme notes

London Sinfonietta, Sound Out, Royal Festival Hall

This special live streamed concert will bring together young people from across the UK to explore how to compose and create music, hear our musicians perform pieces by living composers and be the first audience to hear new works by young people who have taken part in our Composition Challenges.  Everyone is also invited to take part in a special distanced performance of Alex Ho’s Say Hi during the live stream.

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17 February 2021

Tangram Announced as Awardees of £20k Live Work Fund

Jerwood Arts

Together with the Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust, Jerwood Arts are delighted to announce the 33 awardees of their new funding programme, the Live Work Fund. Through an artist focussed decision making process, 33 of some of the most visionary early-career music creators, performance makers and producers have been chosen to receive £20,000 each to develop their practice, allowing them to adapt and thrive through the challenges presented by Covid-19.

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13 February 2021

NYCGB Announces 2021 Young Composers

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has today announced the eight emerging musicians selected for its 2021 Young Composers and Fellowship programmes. The schemes each offer a fully funded, year-long programme of unique professional development opportunities to emerging professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and musical genres.

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30 November 2020

little twinkle broadcast

Commissioned by BBC Radio 3

Part of the BBC cross-platform virtual arts festival Culture in Quarantine, providing cultural content to audiences in their homes at a time of lockdown, Radio 3 has asked composers to respond to the current world-wide health crisis, and to the changes and worries resulting from it, with short musical messages of hope. The station has commissioned the artists to write 30-second pieces for solo instrumentalists.

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13 November 2020

Meet the Creators: Alex Ho

National Opera Studio

We caught up with composer Alex Ho about his new work Above the White Island which, in collaboration with 2019/20 Young Artist Shengzhi Ren and librettist Theophilus Kwek, will be premiered on the National Opera Studio’s YouTube channel alongside the documentary.

24 August 2020

"A rich tapestry" - Review of Untold

Schmopera

This was a piece that did not feel as though it existed musically as a complete score but more so in the gathering of people together, in the physicality of the performance space, and in the unknowable magic that occurs in the moment of performance itself...a collaborative tale of pride and grace.

01 June 2020

New Piece for Riot Ensemble

Crossroads Festival, Salzburg

16 composers have been selected to compose for and participate in Crossroads Festival and its events, held at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg on 5-7th of November, 2020.

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13 May 2020

11 new commissions announced

Nevis Ensemble

Artistically-led by Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves, Nevis Ensemble will commission 11 composers to write new works as part of its online activity whilst live orchestral performances are unable to take place. Alex Ho has been commissioned to write a new work premiering in late summer 2020, involving members of the orchestra as well as the general public as part of the Nevis Living Room Ensemble project.

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30 April 2020

George Butterworth Award 2020: Winner announced

Sound and Music

The George Butterworth Award is awarded annually to a UK-based composer, for an outstanding new work created through one of Sound and Music’s Artist Development Programmes. We’re delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the £1,500 award is Alex Ho, for his work Untold.

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30 April 2020

HOME announces additional commissioning partners

Music Theatre Wales and London Sinfonietta

Music Theatre Wales and London Sinfonietta are partnering on the creation of an entirely new piece of music theatre for screen-based audiences, bringing together two artists: composer Alex Ho and theatre maker Elayce Ismail.

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28 February 2020

Rituals and Resonances EP Release

nonclassical, Outside the Lines

Meet our favourite emerging artists. The third edition of Nonclassical's annual series of EPs 'Outside the Lines' brings together work by our four Associate Composers for 2019–20, alongside a piece by Alex Ho and performed by the winner of Nonclassical's Battle of the Bands in 2020, Reylon.

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07 February 2020

Radio Feature and Interview on Late Lunch Show

Soho Radio, Max Reinhardt

Max arrives at Soho Radio from his dozen years as a regular presenter of BBC Radio 3’s night time classic show Late Junction. This new live Friday lunchtime show from the heart of Soho turns out to be what’s been missing from his life, filled with an astonishing variety of guests and a playlist for the musically curious. Catch Alex Ho and his music live from the studio (9:30-1:30:05). 

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04 February 2020

In Significance: Introductory notes

LSO Soundhub, London Symphony Orchestra

After a sell-out Phase I showcase, composer Alex Ho gives us an insight into his new piece In Significance ahead of its premiere at the LSO Soundhub Phase II showcase on Saturday 15 February.

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18 December 2019

LSO composers tell us about a night of new music

LSO St. Luke's, Tangram

Following a sold-out debut in January 2019, artist collective Tangram return on 25 January to interweave folk melodies with brand new compositions. We caught up with composers Raymond Yiu, Jasmin Kent Rodgman and Alex Ho – all LSO composers of past and present – to find out more about the music we'll hear on Lunar New Year.

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04 November 2019

Article: Transnational Identity in Opera

British Music Collection

In this blog, British-Chinese composer and Sound and Music New Voices 2018 composer Alex Ho introduces Tan Dun’s ‘Ghost Opera’ (1994) in relation to locating Chinese diasporic identity.

01 November 2019

Rituals and Resonances on New Ratio Podcast

Nick Luscombe

Nick Luscombe selects tracks from performers Sugai Ken, Carl Stone and Masanori Oishi ahead of the Experimental Session on Sunday 3rd November 2019, part of this Autumn's BBC Proms in Japan events. This programme also features words and music from London-based composer Alex Ho (from 25'20'') about his event in Hackney on 5th November 2019.

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06 September 2019

LSO Soundhub Phase II Commission

London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the two composers who continue onto the next phase of LSO Soundhub. Alex Ho and Sun Keting both took part in 2018/19 LSO Soundhub Phase I, and now continue on a further year, developing new work for a showcase on Saturday 15 February 2020. 

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02 September 2019

Full scholarship for doctoral studies awarded

Royal College of Music, AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) is an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership which brings together eight leading research institutions. The LAHP offers a unique doctoral research environment with a wide range of training opportunities and activities.

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04 August 2019

"Vibrant and Mercurial" - Review of Upon Brick

Louder than War

The release is part of a wider initiative; the Culture Mile, the “new home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital”. The tape is a superb listen, as with other Musicity releases, one that grows over time.

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30 July 2019

Commission for percussion and plastic bags

Totally Thames Festival, Tower Bridge

Following last year’s sell out concert series, composer/curator Iain Chambers brings new music and poetry to Tower Bridge’s huge Bascule Chamber. These unmissable, atmospheric concerts provide a unique way of experiencing one of Victorian engineering's greatest feats.

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05 July 2019

Spiralling Scrolls: Introductory notes

LSO Soundhub, London Symphony Orchestra

Discover Alex Ho, one of the four composers on the LSO Soundhub Scheme 2019, as he gives us an insight into his composition Spiralling Scrolls ahead of its premiere on Saturday 20 July.

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04 July 2019

"A perfect combination" - ...chinese whispers... BBC Broadcast

BBC Late Junction, BBC Radio 3 

Journeys in music, ancient to future. The home for adventurous listeners. Max Reinhardt presents another chance to hear the Late Junction mixtape from sound artist, writer and composer David Toop. Hear Alex Ho's ...chinese whispers... on BBC Late Junction (3'17''-11'00'').

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11 June 2019

Fusion Fund awarded

Help Musicians UK

Ten inspiring new collaborative projects by UK musicians have been funded by the first 2019 round of Help Musicians UK’s Fusion Fund.

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15 May 2019

"A remarkable experience" - Review of Dreaming Clouds

Schmopera, Second Movement

This piece was the least operatic of the night but by far the most emotionally engaged performance...the piece felt very improvisational, almost as if we were witnessing the process of something coming into existence which was a remarkable experience. Perhaps it is time to cast form aside entirely and explore where it is headed for the future.

02 May 2019

Commission for Sound Unbound Festival, Barbican Centre

Musicity x Culture Mile

Musicity x Culture Mile encourages a musical and architectural exploration. Ten artists have created individual new tracks in response to a building, area or aspect of the city that inspires them, exploring the intrinsic connection between architecture and sound.

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23 January 2019

"A visceral world of colour" - Rituals and Resonances

nonclassical, Battle of the Bands

Congratulations to yangqin player Reylon for his winning performance of Alex Ho's Rituals and Resonances at Battle of the Bands on 23 January! The performance was outstanding, leaving both the audiences and judges speechless and earning him top place at this year’s Battle of the Bands.

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19 December 2018

...chinese whispers... on Incipitsify

Score Follower

Score Follower strives to provide access to contemporary music for all. Through our activities, we also aim to strengthen, diversify, and connect our musical community. By respecting our community and representing our field as well as we can, Score Follower aims to be a new kind of informational resource and center for the online community.

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14 October 2018

50 Things: Rituals and Resonances

British Music Collection

#BMC50 Things is a series of short blogs, to be published throughout 2018, that will offer a bold new perspective on the recent history of new music in the UK. #BMC50 Things will help build a rich picture of the backgrounds, practices and diverse perspectives that have shaped the landscape of new music in the UK.

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29 August 2018

New composers appointed to LSO Soundhub

London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the appointment of six new composers to its LSO Soundhub and LSO Jerwood Composer+ programmes, and two composers who continue onto the next phase of LSO Soundhub.

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19 June 2018

New Voices 2018 announced

Sound and Music

Sound and Music is delighted to announce the 15 composers and creative artists who will be its 2018 New Voices, and the first group to go through this brand new artist development programme.

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25 May 2018

Article: Rituals and Resonances x Race and Resistance

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) - University of Oxford

The Race and Resistance programme, part of the Oxford University's TORCH network, brings together researchers, students, and activists in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements across the modern world.

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8 January 2018

2017 Bliss Prize in Composition

University of Cambridge

The Faculty of Music is delighted to announce that Alex Ho is the winner of the 2017 Bliss Prize for Composition.

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