June ’17 News Digest

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RPS AwardsThe Royal Philharmonic Society’s Music Awards were announced  on 9 May. Among the new music winners were: Memorial Ground, East Neuk Festival, in the Audiences and Engagement category; Rebecca Saunders, Skin (Chamber-Scale Composition); and Philip Venables, 4.48 Psychosis (Large-Scale Composition).
Natasha BarrettComposer Natasha Barrett and artist Anthony Rowe have received an Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica 2017, in the category of Digital Musics and Sound Art, for their work We Are Not Alone, an installation work in which the light emitted by a bowl of bioluminescent bacteria (20 trillion individual points of light) is converted into spatialised sound.
Nona Liddell The violinist Nona Liddell has died, aged 89. A virtuoso champion of new music in Britain she led the London Sinfonietta from 1970, soon after its inception, to 1994. In a long and distiguished career she was also leader of the English String Quartet (1957–73) and the Mana (Musicians Against Nuclear Arms) Chamber Orchestra, as well as playing with numerous other ensembles. She taught at the Royal Academy of Music (1978–94) and Trinity College of Music, retiring in 2006. She was awarded the MBE in 1992.
Kenneth GloagOne of the leading scholars of British new music, Professor Kenneth Gloag, has died after a long illness, aged 56. A faculty member at Cardiff University since 1995, he was author of Postmodernism in Music (Cambridge University Press, 2012), as well as books on the music of Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxell Davies, Nicholas Maw and Michael Tippett, and the widely read handbook Musicology: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2005).
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