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Maria Martinez and her recorder quintet, Seldom Sene

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We’ve found and highlighted some excellent online activity from our staff during the past few months:

The RCM Sparks team was nominated for their work on the Turtle Song Project:

RCM staff pianist Christina Lawrie contributed to BBC Bitesize:

The RCM Community showed up to fight for the arts in public forums: 

We're proud to see members of the #RCMCommunity fighting for the arts this week, including alumni Dame Sarah Connolly,...

Posted by Royal College of Music on Wednesday, 20 January 2021

 

We continued our RCM Top Five posts provided the RCM Community with a look at some of Head of Strings Mark Messenger’s favourite works:

Harpsichord professor Jane Chapman has released a new record, ZOJI, featuring electric guitar, harpsichord and percussion performances and original jazz compositions and improvisations. The record was released by Moonbase Records, a label interested in ‘progressive music exploring boundaries of jazz, rock, ethno, avant and the unknown’.

The RCM Chamber Music department has produced a series of online workshops and talks with the aim of developing our students' professional practices as chamber musicians. These include: a collaboration with RCM Studios on a guide on creating Multi-Track Recordings from home and Workshop Wednesdays, a series of workshops that aim to expand the professional skillset of students as chamber musicians. The department has secured guests including The Hermes Experiment, Music in the Round and Manchester Collective to deliver workshops on marketing and self-promotion, workshop delivery skills, programming and connecting with your audience. In addition, Shannon Simon, Chamber Music Assistant, has organised an In Conversation With series with RCM professors and special guests such as The Fidelio Trio to discuss repertoire, rehearsal techniques and reflecting on what it means to be a chamber musician in the current climate.

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Piano teacher Konstantin Lapshin has recently been a Jury member of the ‘Schumann Prize’ International Piano Competition in Lamporecchio . He has also given a series of masterclasses and recitals in Conservatorio Superior de Musica Astor Piazzolla in Buenos Aires, as well as performances in Salon Christophori (Berlin), at the festivals in Os Agostos ‘Amigos de Musica’(Portugal), Moscow (‘Footprints in the Snow’), and in Leverkusen (Germany) with Westdeutsche Sinfonia under the baton of Dirk Joeres.

Professor of Piano & Contemporary Piano Danny Driver has made a new recording of the complete György Ligeti's Piano Études, officially released in the UK on March 5th 2021. This recording will also be the subject of a feature in Gramophone Magazine's March issue. Danny also performed two recitals in October 2020 as part of Wigmore Hall's autumn livestream series: one solo featuring works by C P E Bach, Ligeti, and Schumann; the other sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven and Franck, with Chloë Hanslip.

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In November 2020 piano professor Leon McCawley released a CD of Haydn Piano Sonatas Volume 3, on SOMM Recordings. The release was reviewed in Gramophone magazine. In addition, Leon gave a livestream solo recital at Wigmore Hall in March, performing Schubert, Grieg and Schumann.

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Renaissance Recorder Consort Professor Maria Martinez and her recorder quintet, Seldom Sene, have released a new record of works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Bertali and Scheidt. Featuring guest artist Matthias Havinga on harpsichord and organ, Concerto Barocco is available on Brilliant Classics.

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Dr Rosie Perkins, Reader in Performance Science, was shortlisted in the Medical Humanities Awards 2020 for research she led on music and maternal mental health. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in association with the Wellcome Trust, the awards celebrate the best research taking place at the interface of the arts, humanities and medicine.

The Ensemble Émigré, a group formed as part of RCM research into music and migration, has released a new CD of first recordings of piano music, chamber and lieder by late Romantic composer Robert Kahn, who emigrated to Britain at the age of 73 to escape the Nazi regime. The CD, released by Rubicon Classics, was recorded at the RCM and features alumni Emily Sun (violin) and Flora Bain (horn) and staff members Danny Driver (piano), Ingrid Pearson (clarinet) and Norbert Meyn, (tenor/director).

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