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Danksy die samewerking van professor Christine Lucia, was DOMUS in 2009 suksesvol met 'n aansoek om KIC befondsing van die Nasionale Navorsingstigting te bekom vir 'n oggendsimposium ter viering van die sestigste verjaarsdag van die komponis Kevin Volans. Buitengewone Professor aan die Musiekdepartement, Christine Lucia, het die simposiumprogram saamgestel. Dit het bestaan uit bydraes van prof. Jean-Pierre de la Porte (Institute for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Infrastructure in Johannesburg), Jill Richards (pianis), Theo Herbst (Stellenbosch Universiteit) en Mark Brand (Nelson Mandela Metropolitaanse Universiteit). Die referate is boeiend ingelei deur Lucia, wat reeds vir 'n aantal jare aan 'n publikasie oor Volans werk. Die simposium op Sondag 16 Augustus is voorafgegaan deur 'n KEMUS uitvoering van Volans se eerste ses klavier-etudes die vorige aand in die Endlersaal. Die pianis was Jill Richards.

Richards se simposiumbydrae die volgende dag het bestaan uit informele gedagtes oor Volans se klaviermusiek en haar verhouding met hierdie musiek en die komponis daarvan. De la Porte se referaat het gefokus op Volans en piktorialisme. Dit is ontwikkel uit 'n analise van Volans se 1986-Darmstadt voorlesing. Herbst en Brand het gesamentlik 'n bespreking aangebied van 'n gedetailleeerde rekenaar-gesteunde golfanalise van kort oudiogrepe uit die twee weergawes van Volans se vroeë komposisie White Man Sleeps.

DOMUS het genoeg fondse van die NNS ontvang om 'n spesiale uitgawe te borg van SAMUS (South African Music Studies), die geakkrediteerde tydskrif van die South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM). Hierdie uitgawe van SAMUS sal gewy word aan Kevin Volans en sal gebaseer word op die verrigtinge van die simposium.

(Augustus 2009)

 

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1 - Theo Herbst en Mark Brand, 2 - Jean-Pierre de la Porte en Christine Lucia,
3 - Kevin Volans (Foto deur Nick Miller), 4 - Jill Richards


ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY TOEKENNING AAN KEVIN VOLANS

The Royal Philharmonic Society of Britain announced at a function at the Dorchester Hotel on 11 May that South-African born composer Kevin Volans was one of the winners of their annual prestigious RPS classical music awards. The website begins:

“Classical music ground-breakers proved true to form by taking many of the plaudits at this year’s RPS Music Awards, the UK’s most prestigious accolades for live classical music. Composers Kaija Saariaho and Kevin Volans, the London Sinfonietta, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and conductor Oliver Knussen all emerged triumphant. Philharmonia Orchestra's innovative re-rite project scooped two awards.”

Volans won the “Chamber-Scale Composition” category with his duo viola:piano, premiered by Garth Knox (viola) and Kevin Volans (piano) at the Volans Day at the Wigmore Hall in October 2009. It is described on the RPS website as “a distinctive distillation of the mysterious magic of Kevin Volans's recent music. It’s a piece that is spare yet rich, abstract yet expressive, economical in its resources yet maximal and memorable in its impact, and which will go straight to the heart of the viola duo repertoire”. ?The work has not yet been performed in South Africa.

The jury for this category comprised Tom Service (Chair), David Alberman, Colin Matthews, Graham McKenzie, and Jane Williams.

“Nearly four hundred guests from the music profession attended the ceremony which was hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty and Sara Mohr-Pietsch and presented by past RPS Award winner Sir John Tomlinson. The keynote speech was given by artist Grayson Perry. The RPS Music Awards are presented in association with BBC Radio 3 who broadcast a programmed dedicated to the Awards Winners on ‘Performance on 3’ at 19:00 on 12 May 2010. It will then be available on ‘Listen Again’ for seven days.
Graham Sheffield, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society comments: ‘This is an exciting time for classical music in the UK. The quality, ambition and musical intelligence of our award winners – distinctive music makers from across the generations – speaks volumes. Whether through a fresh approach to traditional repertoire or a desire to seek out the new and different, nurture young talent or engage with new audiences, they are turning bold, often daring, artistic ambitions into dazzling reality. Living proof that, even in straitened times, bold thoughts and brilliance can win through.’”

There are 13 categories of awards, and these were the winners in each category:

Audience Development - Philharmonia Orchestra: re-rite
Chamber Music and Song - Wigmore Hall: Haydn Bicentenary Season Celebrations
Chamber-Scale Composition - Kevin Volans: viola:piano
Concert Series and Festivals - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Conductor - Oliver Knussen
Creative Communication - Philharmonia Orchestra: re-rite
Education - English Touring Opera: Hall for Cornwall - One Day, Two Dawns
Ensemble - London Sinfonietta
Instrumentalist - Stephen Hough
Large-Scale Composition - Kaija Saariaho: Notes on Light
Opera and Music Theatre - BBC Symphony Orchestra: Juliette
Singer - Philip Langridge
Young Artists - Iestyn Davies

The two other shortlisted nominations in the “Chamber-scale Composition” Category were Pierre Alexandre Tremblay for Un Clou, Son Marteau, et le Béton and Huw Watkins for Piano Trio.

Saamgestel vanaf die Royal Philharmonic Society Webwerf
deur Christine Lucia
(12 Mei 2010)

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