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Tom Coult: composer
Tom began writing blues and country music at the age of 13, before developing a passion for 20th century concert music whilst studying at the University of Manchester. He joined King’s as a PhD student in 2012, working under the supervision of George Benjamin, Henry Purcell Professor of Composition. In 2013, the BBC Symphony Orchestra performedCodex (Homage to Serafini) , a new piece by Tom. The concert was the result of a year-long workshop, through which Tom and two other young composers were selected to create a short piece each. Read more here .
Mimi Doulton wins Cultural Challenge 2013
Undergraduate Music student Mimi Doulton won King’s Cultural Challenge 2013 and was rewarded with an internship at the Royal Opera House.
The challenge – ‘Embracing the digital revolution’ – tasked finalists with designing a pilot project to engage Royal Opera House audiences with live art through digital technology. Mimi Doulton won this internship for 'The ICE Platform', a website where users can stream performances live from the Royal Opera House. The project is an initiative of the Cultural Institute at King's; read more here.
Ji Liu's album hits top spot in Classical Chart
Ji Liu, a first-year performance PhD student and a very talented pianist, with a growing public profile as a soloist and recitalist, has just had his album 'Piano Reflections' appear on the Classic FM label, with enthusiastic promotion from the the station. It went straight to number one in the UK Classical Chart, beating off stiff competition from well established classical artists such as Andre Rieu. Read more here, or visit his website. (Photo: Kevin McDaid)
Natasha Senanayake strikes Commonwealth gold
Natasha, who graduated with a Master of Music in Composition in January 2014, won the inaugural Commonwealth Music Competition, which marked the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Natasha will receive the title of ‘Commonwealth Music Ambassador’ for 12 months, a recording contract, and her winning entry, ‘Song for the Commonwealth’, will be performed during Commonwealth Week 2015. Read more here.
Septura release debut album on Naxos
A newly formed brass group, Septura - partly comprised of alumni from the Department of Music - has released their first album, on the Naxos label. The group, currently Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, includes former King’s students Simon Cox and Matthew Gee. Stephen Hicks, a current PhD student, was also involved in the project; he arranged an Anton Bruckner piece that appears on the record. Find out more about Septura on their website.