Greetings everybody. This is a month to remember the birth of George Frideric Handel, among others. It is also the month wherein Handel chose to premiere many of his large scale works: Semele, Susanna, Rodelinda, Xerxes, Siroe, Samson, Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, and Jephtha.
Other notable premieres in the month of February include Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (this day 8th of February 1874 in Moscow) and Grieg and Ibsen's Peer Gynt (24th of February 1876 in Christiana). Also, the very first Italian opera of them all, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo performed for the first time on the 22nd of February 1607 in Mantua.
We have printed our annual NewMusicSA bulletin: now available at a few university libraries and online. We also have updated membership forms, please email email@example.com
We do want to include a list of premieres by members in future bulletins, so please keep our editor informed thereof. More information to follow in next month's newsletter.
As the year begins to get on its feet, please remember to send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder of Opportunities
International Composition Competition 2019
Please note deadline: 31 March 2019.
8th Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival 2019
Closing date for entry fee is: 7 June 2019
Closing date for submission of composition is: 8 July 2019
15th “Pablo Sorozabal” International String Quartet Composition Competition
The competition is open to composers of any nationality or origin born after 1st January 1984.
The deadline for entering scores expires on 30th August 2019.
First up this month, a composition competition with the deadline of 28th February. Thanks to Malcolm Dedman for alerting us to this opportunity.
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Next, concerts to look forward to in London, UK featuring compositions for voice, piano, and solo upright bass:
Another exciting upcoming event, in Cape Town:
After a hugely successful first season, MusicDance021 is back in March 2019, providing a rare platform for interdisciplinary performance collaboration in Cape Town. Open to musicians, dancers, actors and singers, the project brings together established and emerging artists in a cutting-edge workshop and performance format. MusicDance021 offers the space, time and resources for the study of real-time composition in performance through specialised improvisation workshops, public performances and movement technique classes.
Improvisation workshops will run over 5 consecutive Sundays at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Observatory, Cape Town from 10 March – 7 April. These are interdisciplinary in nature and focus on practicing techniques for making real-time composed (improvisation) performances. Workshops are led by Amsterdam based artist Manuela Lucia Tessi, in collaboration with a team of highly experienced teachers: Coila-Leah Enderstein (music), Kristina Johnstone and Thalia Laric (dance) and Frans Mandilakhe Zunguze (lighting design).
Alongside the improvisation workshops, performances will be presented by participating artists and workshop facilitators. This offers an exciting opportunity for all involved to practice skills and techniques explored during the workshops in a public performance setting. Performances will be held on 13, 14, 22, 23 March and 7 April at 8pm at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.
Technique classes for dancers are offered as part of the project and will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am-11am at UCT Dance Studios. Classes will be taught by Manuela Lucia Tessi and Kristina Johnstone.
MusicDance021 seeks to unearth new directions for performance in South Africa, offering participants and audiences insight into the immediacy, fluidity and risk of real-time composition in performance.
MusicDance021 is kindly supported by ACT and Nedbank Arts Affinity.
Sunday 4-7pm on the 10, 17, 24, 31 March and 7 April at Theatre Arts Admin Collective
R80 per session (concessions available)
Registration is required to attend the workshops. To register please email: email@example.com
Performances take place on the 13, 14, 22, 23 March and 7 April at 8pm at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.
Dance Technique Classes
Classes take place on Mondays & Tuesdays the 25, 26 February & 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 March from 9am-11am at UCT Dance Studios Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch. Classes are R80 per class. To book email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, a fantastic opportunity for student composers:
ISCM World Music Days, 2 - 10 May 2019 in Estonia
Additional Call for Works for composition students only!
EMTA UMA (New Music Ensemble of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT))
fl, cl, trp, vl, vc, pf, sx (alto or baritone)
All possible combination from 4 to 7 instruments are welcome. With or without conductor.
Up to 10' min.
Deadline: 29 Feb 2019, 12 PM GMT.
UMA is New Music Ensemble of EAMT. Join in with the international collaboration with the EAMT Department of Classical Music Performance. UMA has been part of playing G. Grisey "Les espaces acoustiques" and have working together with K.Penderecki and L.Andriessen.
Supervisors are Taavi Kerikmäe and Tarmo Johannes.
First name(s) /given name(s)
Surname(s) / Family name(s)
Name as it should appear in the programme
Date of birth
Website (if applicable)
Ensemble for 4-7 players
Year of composition
Has this piece been performed in Estonia previously? (yes/no)
Has this piece been performed outside of Estonia previously? (yes/no)
The score (PDF document preferred), or audio/video documentation if the work does not have a written score.
An audio or video recording of the work (if possible).
Program notes in English for the submitted work (maximum 100 words).
Technical rider which specifies all equipment that is necessary to perform the work.
Short biography in English of the composer (maximum 100 words).
Proof of nationality of the composer (copy of passport or identity card).
High-resolution digital photograph of the composer.
Please submit your individual submission with required attachment to EAMT Call for Works coordinator Karl Tipp, email@example.com before 29 Feb 2019, 12 PM GMT.
Concert is planned on 3 May 2019 in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
The jury for the works will be selected by the ensemble and the supervisors.
That's correct, it's not a leap year! So get your entry in by the 28th.
Till next time,