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Five Memos selected for World Music Days 2020

Ty Cerdd recently announced that Mark’s work Five Memos for violin and piano has been selected to represent Wales at the 2020 World New Music Days to be held in New Zealand next year. Mark’s music will be performed alongside the best in new music put forward by sections of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) from around the world. World New Music Days is the annual flagship event of the ISCM. Next year’s festival is being presented by the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ). Further details here.

Ivor Novello Award nomination

Ivors2019Mark’s saxophone concerto Sapiens has been nominated for a Ivors Composer Award. The winners of each category will be announced at a ceremony in December.

The Ivors Composer Awards recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists to promote the art of composition in contemporary classical, jazz and sound art.

As an award presented by fellow composers and songwriters to their peers, an Ivor Novello Award is a uniquely authentic and respected recognition of craft. The Academy holds a public call for entries and all eligible submissions are reviewed by juries specifically appointed by the Academy.

The Ivors Composer Awards are sponsored by PRS for Music. The event is in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage. More details here.

The Mare's Tale: world premiere tour

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Mark is thrilled to present the world premiere tour of The Mare’s Tale, with the Berkeley Ensemble this spring. Inspired by a series of drawings by Clive Hicks-Jenkins on the theme of the Mari Lwyd, one of the oldest Welsh midwinter traditions, this work for actor and chamber ensemble sets a new text from poet Damian Walford Davies.

The tour will feature actor
Eric Roberts in the narrator’s role and will be conducted by Chloe van Soeterstede for performances in Cardiff, London and Glasgow this spring.

Tickets and further information

The Berkeley Ensemble’s performances of
The Mare’s Tale are supported by PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders, a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaion.

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