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VOTE100 and Royal Holloway announce a Call-for-Composers, co-curated by Nathan James Dearden by Nathan James Dearden

Nathan James Dearden, Royal Holloway University of London and VOTE 100 UK are delighted to announce a College Call-for-composers. We invite composers who are currently enrolled at Royal Holloway, at any stage of education, to submit a 2 - 4 minute ‘musical memo’ for solo instrument.

Eight selected composers will be given workshop performances at a College festival entitled Suffrage 2018 hosted by Royal Holloway University of London from 15 January – 19 March 2018. The eight new works will be workshopped, rehearsed and performed by members of the Royal Holloway New Music Collective. The rehearsals will be overseen by project curator and College composer, Nathan James Dearden, in which he will provide successful applicants with guidance and support regarding their new work. Successful composers will also receive one workshop opportunity on their new work for solo instrument led by acclaimed performer and new music advocate, Dr Carla Rees.

Successful applicants will be invited to Founder’s Square (Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX) on Friday 9th March 2018. The presentation of the new works will be slightly different to how your music might have been premiered in the past. The aim of this event is to present the new works one-by-one in an installation-style event, audience members will be encouraged to move around the space whilst these works are being performed outside (weather permitting). Each work will be written in response to one of the following speeches reflecting on Human Rights, Equal Rights or LGBTQ+ Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt (‘The Struggle for Human Rights; 1948), Rory ‘Panti’ O’Neill (‘All the little things’; 2014), Elie Wiesel (‘The Perils of Indifference’; 1999) Elizabeth Nyamayaro (‘An invitation to men who want a better world for women’; 2015), Martin Luther King (Honorary Doctorate Speech at Newcastle University; 1967), plus 3 additional opportunities for composer’s own suggested text.

The evening will finish with a world premiere of Nathan James Dearden's you ARE determined for flute, actor and electronics in the Davison Building Exhibition space. This new work uses the text from Emily Wilding Davison's June 1912 journal entry referencing her imprisonment in Holloway Prison, north London.

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New Collaboration sponsored by #Vote100 Suffrage 2018 by Nathan James Dearden

New collaboration between composer Nathan James Dearden and acclaimed flautist Carla Rees has recieved sponsorship from #Vote100 Suffrage 2018.

Over the coming year Nathan will work closely with Honorary Research Associate, Dr Carla Rees (Royal Holloway University of London, Royal College of Music; internationally-acclaimed flautist) on a project that marries famous speeches on matters of suffrage and enfranchisement with live music performance specially commissioned for the project (and directly relating to the speech inflections in the recording).

Through a series of pop-up events featuring Carla Rees, live raw/secondary recordings of speeches plus new works by students from the Royal Holloway University of London Department of Music, six speeches on matters concerning Human Rights, Equal Rights and LGBTQ+ Rights will be presented at Royal Holloway and taking the talent across the country in venues in Lincoln, Cardiff and central London. The speeches incorporated into this project include Eleanor Roosevelt (‘The Struggle for Human Rights; 1948), Emily Wilding Davison (Personal Account of being forcibly fed in Holloway Prison; 1912), Rory ‘Panti’ O’Neill (‘All the little things’; 2014), Elie Wiesel (‘The Perils of Indifference’; 1999) Elizabeth Nyamayaro (‘An invitation to men who want a better world for women’; 2015) and Martin Luther King (Honorary Doctorate Speech at Newcastle University; 1967).

The project will culminate in a late-night event at Royal Holloway University of London on 9 March 2018, as part of Suffrage 2018 events.

Introducing the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery Composer-in-Residence Programme by Nathan James Dearden

Nathan is pleased to be involved in Royal Holloway University of London's inaugural Picture Gallery Student Composers-in-Residence.

This is a ground-breaking residency in which three successful students from the Department of Music will have their musical responses to the Picture Gallery and some of its wonderful paintings performed by members of the New Music Collective. These new compositions are the result of a special collaboration between the College’s Curator Harriet O’Neill and Nathan James Dearden, a College Composer, Conductor of the New Music Collective and Performance Manager at the Department of Music.

Each successful applicant have been allocated an ensemble from the College's New Music Collective (no more than 5 players) and will work with these players through a collaborative and immersive rehearsal process. They will also have the opportunity to meet with the College Art Curator, Harriet O'Neill, to discuss the Picture Gallery's art collection and to explore possible areas for artistic collaboration. Each successful applicant will also recieve support and guidance from composer and conductor, Nathan James Dearden, through a mixture of one-to-one mentoring sessions and during practical workshop settings.

This year's culmintaion concert will take place at the Picture Gallery (Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX) on Tuesday 29th November, 2016. This event will be open to the public.

This project is kindly supported by Royal Holloway University of London New Music Collective