Festival of Contemporary Music returns in person to Alton College

Sunday 15th May 2022 11:00 am
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The MRF festival featured impressive new compositions for film animation ‘Spring’. Pictured are, left to right: Beccy Read, founder trustee; Ellen Laughton, MRF young composer; Pande Shahov, composer mentor; Naomi Dragomir, MRF young composer; Simon Speare, composer mentor; Daniel Jurado Hosino, MRF young composer; Dan Keen, composer in residence
The MRF festival featured impressive new compositions for film animation ‘Spring’. Pictured are, left to right: Beccy Read, founder trustee; Ellen Laughton, MRF young composer; Pande Shahov, composer mentor; Naomi Dragomir, MRF young composer; Simon Speare, composer mentor; Daniel Jurado Hosino, MRF young composer; Dan Keen, composer in residence (S Kirkby )

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THE MARTIN Read Foundation’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music resumed in person in the Martin Read Hall at Alton College on May 1.

A mixture of live, online and recorded music made the best use of available technology. It was a day packed with new music and premieres by college and foundation alumnus Ellen Drewe, Alison Willis, Simon Speare, Alan Bullard and Howard Skempton.

There was also music for the animated film Spring by the foundation’s young composer award-holders Naomi Dragomir, Daniel Jurado-Hoshino and Ella Laughton.

Ella said: “I compose because there is no other feeling like it.”

Supporting the day were choral expert David Gibson, pianists Alex Ling and Sarah Lewin and composer in residence Dan Keen. See www.martinreadfoundation.org

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