This rave review of conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and her fabulous actions reveals a change of heart in a key regional critic's view. Here is a quote from Christopher Morley's Birmingham Post piece
"Enthusiasm is one thing, but how about the skills? Well, Mirga, though still barely 30 is already highly experienced in a variety of fields - opera and choral, as well as orchestral - and her conducting technique has an armoury of styles appropriate to whatever the music demands.
She can beat time with acute precision, or swoop and persuade balletically (much in the manner of Nelsons - perhaps it’s a Baltic trait). She can shape structures with a clear sense of direction, and she can point rhythmic detail with witty verve. To everything she tackles she brings an irresistible freshness and a sense that this is right for this moment.
By no means is Mirga a Nelsons clone, despite some of these similarities. She is certainly her own person, with ideas that she wants to share with players and audience alike, such as last July’s insertion of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville into a suite from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty."
Women in Music UK will be keeping an eye on proceedings and we look forward to being able to write a congratulatory note!
Following the success of a previous shared carol last year the BBC have commissioned Women in Music UK member and leading world renowned composer Cheryl Frances Hoad to write a four-part a capella carol (initially noted for the readers of BBC Music Magazine - and we are spreading the word further) to sing in carol services and concerts around the world this Christmas.
And here is an interview with Cheryl: http://www.classical-music.com/article/cheryl-frances-hoad
Quoting from the article: "We do hope that those of you who sing in choirs will include 'Good day, Sir Christemas!' in your carol service or concert. If you have already received your magazine, please feel free to photocopy the music for your choir and share it widely ....
We’d love to hear or watch your performance, so do record it on an audio or video recorder. You can share the file with us via email ([email protected]) or, if the file is too large, visit www.wetransfer.com and send the file to the email given from there.
If you upload a YouTube video, do tweet us the link @MusicMagazine."
There is a link to a PDF for the score and there are some performance directions from Cheryl herself as you will see
Happy singing, and Merry Christmas!
The AGM will be on 20 November at Regent Hall, Salvation Army, 275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2 DJ (near Oxford Circus tube station) at 5 pm followed by a Composers' Forum led by David Sutton-Anderson and a concert of new music performed as part of London New Wind Festival at 7.30 pm. Tickets for the forum and concert £10 and £6 concession, just for the wind concert they are £8 and £5 concession.