John Harris, Chief Executive and Artistic co-Director of Scotland’s Red Note Ensemble, has been appointed Festival Director of New Music Dublin. One of Ireland’s leading contemporary music festivals, New Music Dublin works in partnership with the National Concert Hall, the Arts Council and RTÉ, and is aiming to become the major annual event in Ireland’s new music calendar. The next festival will take place in March 2018.
It is with sadness that we note the death on 19 June of the musicologist Richard Toop. Born in Chichester in 1945, he worked as Stockhausen’s teaching assistant at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Cologne (1973–4) before moving to Australia in 1975 to take up a position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He remained in Australia until his death, where he was a much admired and influential teacher and new music advocate. Internationally, he is best known for his writings on Stockhausen, Ferneyhough (including his Collected Writings, which he co-edited with James Boros), Ligeti, and ‘New Complexity’, a term that he is often (erroneously) credited with having coined in a famous 1988 article ‘Four Facets of “The New Complexity”’ for the journal Contact.