Simon Emmerson 'portrait concert', City University, Tues. Feb. 20th

On Tuesday February 20th, City University London is hosting a portrait concert of composer and electronic music pioneer, MTI Prof. Simon Emmerson!

Simon Emmerson (electronics), with Carla Rees (flutes) and Philip Mead (piano)

7.00pm - 8.30pm Tuesday 20th February 2018
Performance Space, College Building, City University of London, St John Street, London

Simon Emmerson: Spirit of ’76 (1976)
Simon Emmerson: Microvariations 2 (2015)
Simon Emmerson: Solo flute quartet (Premiere)
Simon Emmerson: Memory Machine (2010)

A portrait concert of composer and electronic music pioneer Simon Emmerson, who founded and directed City’s sound studios for thirty years. The concert will include the first performance of Solo Flute Quartet, a new work for Carla Rees, and Microvariations 2, written for and performed by Philip Mead. Spirit of ’76 for flute and electronics is a piece composed while a PhD student at City of which Carla recently gave a 40th birthday performance. This live electronic music is contrasted with a ‘concert installation’, Memory Machine, a studio work that plays on our memory of places, spaces and music heard as if through the opening and closing of doors in a ‘memory theatre’ (after Frances Yates).

Two premieres of new works by MTI Prof. John Young

John Young, Professor of Composition, will have two works premiered in the forthcoming week:

Magnetic Resonance (2017) on 20 February at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.  This work for magnetic resonator piano and 8 channel electroacoustic sounds is a collaboration with Xenia Pestova (University of Nottingham) and Andrew McPherson (Queen Mary University of London).

Spirit (2018) for orchestra and electroacoustic sounds, on 24 February.  This commission from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand) celebrates the orchestra’s 60th anniversary.

MTI presents: Thomas Gorbach - Talk & Concert, Feb. 21st

On February 21st 2018, MTI is proud to be hosting a talk and concert by Thomas Gorbach, from the Vienna University of Technology:

Wed. Feb. 21st 2018, 1pm, Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre
Clephan Building 0.19 De Montfort University Bonners Lane, Leicester

in 32-channel immersive sound
Wed. Feb. 21st 2018, 7.30pm, PACE Building, Studio 1
De Montfort University Richmond Street, Leicester LE2 7LQ

The Austrian Cultural Forum’s support for these events is gratefully acknowledged.

Premiere of Leigh Landy's 'On the Éire', IMBOLC International Music Festival, Derry

The premiere of MTI Prof. Leigh Landy's latest work, 'On the Éire', will take place on February 1st at the IMBOLC International Music Festival, Derry:

Date: 1st Feb 2018
Time: 12:30
Location: Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

This concert will feature a range of works for a circular (surround sound) array of loudspeakers by the Spatial Music Collective, a group of like–minded composers based in Ireland, the UK and US who have been presenting concerts in this format since 2006. It will feature new electronic and sample–based music by various members of the collective, including a new and specially–commissioned work by composer Leigh Landy, On the Éire, who is Professor of Contemporary Music at De Montfort University.

World-renowned violinist Irvine Arditti visits MTI for Live Electronics workshop & concert

The De Montfort University MTI 2017-18 Events Series presents:

Philharmonia Orchestra with DMU: ‘Music of Today’
As part of DMU's ground-breaking partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra, we will be hosting a unique workshop and concert as part of the Orchestra's contemporary 'Music of Today' series in collaboration with DMU's Music Technology and Innovation Department. The concert features pioneering violinist, Irvine Arditti and Philharmonia cellist, Karen Stephenson, performing works for solo instruments and live electronics by DMU MTI Professor Simon Emmerson and current PhD student, Susanne Grunewald. Rounding off the programme is Salvatore Sciarrino’s Sei Capricci, a modern counterpart to Paganini’s devilishly difficult études.

WORKSHOP – 15:00-17:00, Wednesday 24th January 2018, DMU PACE Building, Studio 1

Renowned violinist Irvine Arditti and Professor Simon Emmerson present a unique insight into electroacoustic music and particularly writing for orchestral instruments and live electronics. Beginning with an open rehearsal and presentation of Emmerson’s Stringscape (for solo violin and live electronics); Irvine Arditti will present a unique insight into violin techniques for new music that he has played throughout his revolutionary career, looking at the Sciarrino Sei Capricci he will be performing at the concert.

CONCERT – 1730-1830, Wednesday 7th February 2018, DMU Gallery

Simon Emmerson: Stringscape for solo violin and live electronics (2010)
Violin: Irvine Arditti - Live electronics: Simon Emmerson

Susanne Grunewald: Golden Turtle for solo cello, video projection and live electronics (2013)
Cello: Karen Stephenson - Live electronics: Susanne Grunewald

Sciarrino: Sei Capricci for solo violin (1976)
Violin: Irvine Arditti

Entry free (booking advisable).
To book tickets for the workshop and concert, please email

Call for papers: ‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ International Conference

‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ International Conference
Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre,
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
21-23 September 2018

‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ is a three-day international conference which is intended to bring together community artists and other musicians, educators, animateurs, specialists within music and other cultural organisations, government policy representatives and representatives from cross-cultural projects who are involved with initiatives related to the conference title. Of course, project participants, non-academics and others are most welcome.

By ‘new music’ what is meant is original innovative works of music, including the sonic arts, which largely reside outside of the commercial sector. The goal is to share and debate different forms of good practice relating to how new music can be used as the means of engaging with new communities and ways through which new music can reach underrepresented communities.

The conference will focus on a selection of community arts and pedagogical initiatives related to participation and community-action. It will offer diverse workshops and performances and introduce conference participants to a wide range of programmes within this area. Subjects will include, but not be limited to:
• Educational initiatives
• Working with community organisations
• The musical equivalent of public art
• Interculturalism
• Ways of effectively and robustly measuring/evaluating impact and research projects regarding the above.

The project website, under construction, can be found at This conference forms part of the ‘Interfaces’ Creative European project ( It is related to the ‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ resource site – currently under construction and to be announced shortly – which is to offer information regarding good practice in outreach initiatives around the globe. All interested parties are welcome to send their work to that hub at any time once made available.

Invited speakers will include Susanna Eastburn, currently Chief Executive of Sound and Music (UK).

Conference fees will be: £60 / £30 (students and those on a lower income) for all three days, £25 / £12.50 for one day.

The deadline for proposals (papers, workshops, demonstrations, sharings/performances) is 15 March 2018. Papers are to be of 20’ duration with 10’ for questions and discussion. Proposals for workshops, demonstrations and sharing of project work/performances will indicate how much time these would last and the technical infrastructure needed in terms of their presentation. Proposals should include a title and extended abstract of up to 1500 words as well as a CV/Bio (two pages maximum) including relevant publications, projects, works or equivalent.

Submissions and general queries should be sent to the conference coordinator, Leigh Landy:

Friday in Helsinki: Premiere of James Andean's guitar quartet 'be-mai peligei'

Friday December 8th in Helsinki will be the premiere of a new guitar quartet composition, 'be-mai peligei', by MTI's James Andean, together with works by Clara de Asís and Ilia Belorukov:

Lauri Hyvärinen, Jukka Kääriäinen, Sigurdur Rögnvaldsson & Juhani Grönroos
Galleria AKUSMATA, Helsinki, 7pm