24 September 2021 LPO Young Composers announced London Philharmonic Orchestra The LPO Young Composers Programme offers emerging composers the opportunity to workshop a new piece with the Orchestra's musicians across a year, leading to a public performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, showcasing the new works.
14 September 2021 Artist-in-Residence announced Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier C’est la saison dernière, lors de l’atelier Paroles et Musique mené par Ted Huffman et Sivan Eldar, que s’est constitué ce trio de jeunes créateurs : Alex Ho, compositeur - Franciska Éry, metteuse en scène et Ar Guens Jean Mary, écrivain performeur L’Opéra Orchestre les invite cette saison en résidence pour développer les projets initiés en 2020/21.
13 September 2021 Tangram recipients of Kickstarter £10k grant Genesis Foundation The Genesis Foundation has announced 19 new recipients of Genesis Kickstart Fund grants for arts projects run by creative freelancers throughout the UK. The grants have been allocated from the £1m Genesis Kickstart Fund, rolled out on the Foundation’s 20th anniversary with the aim of enabling outstanding freelance talent to produce future-facing arts projects.
1 September 2021 Breathe and Draw featured at ReConnect British Council, UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival The 2021 UK China Contemporary Culture festival features work by leading British art and cultural organisations and artists. Online and face to face events will seek to use the transformative power of the arts to inspire audiences to consider our shared global challenges such as humanity’s relationship with the natural environment.
6 August 2021 Introducing the 2021-22 RPS Composers Royal Philharmonic Society, Manchester Camerata We are pleased to announce the seven composers newly joining the 2021-22 RPS Composers programme, representing some of the brightest, most exciting voices in the UK. RPS General Manager, Robin Sheffield, says: ‘We are thrilled to welcome this group of composers to the 2021-22 RPS Composers programme. Each one of them shows such exciting promise and we’re delighted not only to support them in their next steps, but also for them to draw on each others’ own individual diverse backgrounds and experience.
15 June 2021 Breathe and Draw shortlisted for Scottish New Music Award Nevis Ensemble VoxCarnyx is now delighted to be associated with the Scottish Awards for New Music in their fifth year of recognising innovation and creativity, and today we can exclusively reveal the shortlisted projects for the 13 awards this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'').
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.
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.
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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#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.
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.
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.