February Newsletter

Dear Subscriber

Welcome to our February Newsletter. In this issue, we have two exciting announcements: the first is a Call for Contributions for our biennial Unyazi Festival in July; the second is a Call for Proposals for our Soundings project. We also have information about membership of NewMusicSA, news of upcoming concerts, several opportunities for composers, as well as the usual reminders of calls for scores.

As always, do let me know of any newsworthy items, for the next issue, that would help you to publicise your events. Likewise, if you hear of any composers’ opportunities, just send an email to me to malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.


Call for Contributions for UNYAZI 2016

NewMusicSA is proud to announce this year’s Unyazi Festival, to be held in Cape Town from 14 to 17 July 2016. Please see poster for full details and information about the Call for Contributions.


Soundings: A Call for Proposals

The board of NewMusicSA welcomes applications for innovative sound curations that require funding and publicity support for the period 2016 - 2017. Curations, or ‘Soundings’, of new music that are 1) context sensitive, 2) dialogue sensitive, 3) exploratory, 4) and interventionist are welcomed in particular.

The first due date for applications is 15 April 2016. Additional due dates for the remainder of 2016 and 2017 will be confirmed at a later stage.

Funds of between R 4 000 and R 10 000 per curation may be allocated, subject to the availability of such funds via NewMusicSA.

Please see attached file for information and guidelines for applications.


NewMusicSA Membership

This is to remind members that membership fees are now due for the year starting 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017. New members are always welcome, and member’s benefits are detailed on our webpage where a Membership Application/Renewal form can be downloaded. We now have a number of membership categories: as an individual member, the annual fee is R200, but if you apply or renew before 29 February you will be eligible for an ‘early bird discount’, making the fee R150. All students pay only R100. We now have a new category for individuals who have an affiliation to an organisation whereby their membership fee can be returned, for example, via research funding. As always, you may contact me if you require further information.

If you wish to support us, but do not wish to be a member, your donation will always be appreciated. Please see our website for information about how to make a donation.


Concert Première

Saturday 19 March, 20:00 at St. Joseph’s Church, Wakkerstroom.

As part of the Wakkerstroom Music Festival, Agathe will perform a programme of string sextet music, written for 2 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos. This programme will include the première of a piece written specifically for Agathe, called Strange Landing, by Malcolm Dedman.


Concert and Kevin Volans CD Launch

This is the South African launch of the latest album of works by South African born Kevin Volans, Grammy nominee and internationally acclaimed composer. Recorded by Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander, violin:piano will be launched in South Africa in Johannesburg, on Sunday, 28 February, 2016.

Venue: Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos, 4E Appel Road, Kramerville, Johannesburg

It features the premiere recordings of duos ‘violin:piano’ and ‘viola:piano’, ‘Etude 9 (Eight Bells for Mary)’ for piano with ring modulation, along with the solo violin work ‘Passi leggieri’.

This music is all about the contour of moment; from its first sumptuous gesture, each piece absorbs completely, promising an adventure of luminous beauty.

Admission is free, and CDs will be on sale for R200 each.

Please see the recent letter from Jill Richards for more details.


Call For Scores - Ensemble Mise-En I-Park Residency

After the previous success of last year’s program, ensemble mise-en has worked hard to make this year’s program even better. They are announcing a call for scores to select five composers to work in residence with them for two weeks in Connecticut. All five composers will be awarded a $1,000 stipend, onsite lodging, meals, a live concert recording, and performances in Connecticut and New York City. Awarded composers will be asked to write new pieces for ensemble mise-en’s core instrumentation of flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, violin, and contrabass. Each composer will also be paired with an ensemble member to collaborate on a separate piece for solo instrument.

Visit their website for full details and application form. Note that the application deadline is 7 March.


BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of particular significance and/or practical impact in one or more fields.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music distinguishes composers, conductors and performers who have demonstrated exceptional attainments in the classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

AWARD CONTENT: The Contemporary Music award will consist of € 400.000, a diploma and a commemorative artwork.


·  György Kurtág (2014)

·  Steve Reich (2013)

·  Pierre Boulez (2012)

·  Salvatore Sciarrino (2011)

·  Helmut Lachenmann (2010)

·  Cristóbal Halffter (2009)

Candidates shall be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number in the case of convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the candidate(s) belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working.

Nominations are in all cases indirect, and can be put forward by the representatives of artistic societies or organizations; national or regional academies of the arts; university departments, schools or research institutes; conservatories and schools of music; scholarly music and musicology journals; orchestras and orchestra associations; and radio and television broadcasters running symphony or chamber orchestras.

Nominations should be submitted through the website of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. Both nominations and the accompanying documentation must be submitted in English only.

The closing date for submissions is June 30, 2016, at 23.00h GMT.


7th Brandenburg Biennial

The Association of Friends of the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra (Förderverein Brandenburger Symphoniker) announces the seventh edition of its international competition for composers of symphonic music on its homepage.

Also, you may download full information here. Please note that the deadline for submission is 21 May 2016.


Launch of the Nuovo Orfeo International Composition Competition City of Padua

To mark the 50th anniversary of its foundation, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto is launching an international competition for chamber orchestra composition. The competition is open to composers aged under 35 on 22 October 2016.

For full information in Italian and English, see poster.


Reminders of Call for Scores

      1.    International Composition Competition “City of Udine”

Notice is given of the participation of the eleventh edition of the international competition of composition "City of Udine" (2015/2016). The rules, conditions and registration form and other information are available on the website. Note, Deadline for submission is 31 March 2016. Contact competition [at] taukay [dot] it for further information.

2.    The 7th International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition will be held at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic from July 24 - August 1, 2016. This competition was founded in order to extol the great accomplishments of the composer Antonín Dvořák, and to discover and raise-up young, talented composers who can carry on the historical musical legacy. The composition committee intends to support the selected composers’ continued development by providing composition commissions, as well as recording and performance opportunities. For more detailed information regarding the competition please refer to the competition homepage.

      1st Round : Application Deadline. April 1, 2016

      2nd Round : July 24 – August 1, 2016

3.    SASRIM is very excited to announce that composer Kevin Volans will present seminars and workshops at its Composer’s Meeting in Bloemfontein this year, which will be held at the UFS from 21-27 August.

See brochure for Call for Scores. Please note that the deadline for entries is 30 May 2016.

Please note, the submission email on the poster is incorrect: it should be chair [at] sasrim [dot] ac [dot] za.

      4.    “...a Camillo Togni” International Composers Competition, 8th edition

Please visit website for further information. The competition rules are available here.

Note that the deadline for submission is 20th June 2016.

5.    The Italian Percussive Arts Society is holding a competition for composers of percussion instruments. There are no age limitations. The categories are:

A - ONE Percussionist -
B- DUO Percussion and piano
C- ONE Percussionist and orchestra
D- from DUO to SEXTET (only percussion)
E- from DUO to SEXTET (+ other instruments )

Please visit website for more information.

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