Tuesday 26 July 2022

Young Composers & Young Conductor

CBSO's Sounds New

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) celebrated its centenary in 2020 and as part of the celebrations has commissioned 20 new works from 20 young composers to be premiered at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 29 January 2023. Whilst over at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), Tom Fetherstonhaugh has been announced as Assistant Conductor for the 2022/23 season.

As part of its centenary celebrations, the CBSO created its Sounds New Initiative, 40 new commissions to be premiered over four seasons. 20 of these are major works from composers across the globe, the last of which will be premiered in the 22-23 season including world Premieres by Brett Dean, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Freya Waley-Cohen and Dani Howard and the UK premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Third Symphony. But the other 20 commissions shine a spotlight on 20 diverse, creative voices from across the country, who will each write 4-minute works for full orchestra. These short works will be given their world premieres in a celebration of new music by the CBSO, conducted by Clark Rundell at Symphony Hall on 29 January 2023. 

The composers in question are, Anna Appleby, Kristina Arakelyan, Tyriq Baker, Stephane Crayton, Nathan James Dearden, Benjamin Graves, Millicent B James, Joel Järventausta, Chloe Knibbs, Ryan Latimer, Florence Anna Maunders, Ben Nobuto, Laurence Osborn, Rakhi Singh, Angela Slater, Aileen Sweeney, Liam Taylor-West, Héloïse Werner, Bethan Morgan-Williams and Yfat Zoul Zisso. 

Congratulations to all concerned. Further details from CBSO website.

Tom Fetherstonhaugh (Photo BSO)
Tom Fetherstonhaugh (Photo BSO)
Tom Fetherstonhaugh is the new Assistant Conductor at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a bursary-supported training position is designed to offer a platform to build professional experience through performance opportunities and mentoring from the BSO’s world-leading conductors and musicians, which include chief conductor Kirill Karabits, principal guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth, and associate guest conductor David Hill.

Tom Fetherstonhaugh trained with Roland Melia and later with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with Distinction in 2021. He is the founder of Fantasia Orchestra, which has recently been joined in concert by soloists including Alim Beisembayev, Jess Gillam, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Tasmin Little. Tom's engagements this season have included conducting the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra 'Playing to Inspire' project with the Kanneh-Mason family, and assisting Francesco Cilluffo on Verdi's Macbeth at The Grange Festival with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Further details from the BSO website.

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