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International Choir Performances: Chris Lawry

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It has been a busy few months for performances of iAM Education tutor Chris Lawry’s choral works. Performances have included new arrangements and pieces in the UK and US, and one piece in particular seems to have been popular for international performers: the quirky SATB choir piece Counting Music. Notable performances have been from Coro…

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Gordon Langford – The Orchestrator’s Orchestrator

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Us arrangers and orchestrators are a funny bunch really. We have a passionate deep interest in the minutae of music, how and why things work, and the possible ways of manipulating and developing music so it can be presented and played in the most appealing and successful way. It’s work that is perhaps understandably, in it’s detail,…

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Première Performance: 8th July 2017

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Several iAMs tutor have works premièring on Saturday 8th July 2017 at a concert in the Great Hall at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. The pieces will be performed as a part of the Newstead Abbey Singers’ concert featuring the work of Jane Austen. ‘I Can Listen No Longer in Silence’ is a suite of unaccompanied choral pieces…

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Opera in the Cinema: I’m Converted!

Marcelo Puente and Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly © ROH 2017. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Marcelo Puente and Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly © ROH 2017. Photograph by Bill Cooper   Now I’m no musical purist, but this week I’ve had my head turned and opinion completely changed by something wonderful, namely, watching opera in the cinema. I had previously written off the streaming of live opera as a gimmick,…

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Postmodernism in Music….Bah Humbug!

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For a while now in the iAM office we have been thinking about blogging on the more controversial aspects of music, especially those worthy of some debate! Therefore, in the spirit of one of our past, much respected, colleague’s blog series, we have decided to start the lighthearted iAM Provocative monthly blog series. Co-incidentally, we…

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What if he was somewhere else…?

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I happened to be listening to Dmitri Shostakovich’s magnificent masterpiece, the 5thSymphony, the other day which made me go back and listen to the prior symphony, the 4th, not a work I know all that well due to it being not quite so immediate. This is the symphony that Shostakovich held back from performance for many…

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Origins! (Part 2)

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In the first part of my very brief overview of the origins of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal I looked at six groups that were an influence on the burgeoning underground of the NWOBHM. Ok, the bands named are only just scratching the surface, and there were many more, but to most of…

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Première of New Work Announced!

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Join iAM’s Andy Glover-Whitley for the première of his new work Lacrimae Rerum at Brecon Cathedral on Friday 28th July 2017. Lacrimae Rerum is 15 minute piece for Organ and Recorders.   The piece will be performed as a part of the cathedral’s lunchtime concert series and feature performers Charles Matthews (Organ) and Caroline Jones (Recorders).   Full details…

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Origins! (Part 1)

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When anyone says those immortal words “Heavy Metal”, you always know what the vast majority of people’s response will be to them: they scurry off like vampires from a sunburst! Yet this one genre is actually a British homemade affair, with the Heavy Metal scene of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s being a breakthrough…

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The First Operas: Monteverdi

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In this instalment of “The First Operas” I will be concentrating on the master of the early genre, Claudio Monteverdi. This post continues on from my previous blog on Early Opera for the Open College of Arts and should be instructive for those interested in this fascinating area of music. Monteverdi was not the first…

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