Conference October 2013
Steven will present at Music Learning Live! taking place in Singapore this October. "Remember – pupils should be increasing their knowledge of music through engagement with musical sound, supported by acquiring further verbal knowledge about music." (OFSTED Music Professional Development, September 2012). The music should come first. Where should the history and theory, 'the verbal knowledge about music' begin and end? How much is enough? This session will explore engaging ways of developing historical, theoretical and contextual issues surrounding the repertoire and musical styles we teach. Above all I will explore ways that do not circumvent or supersede the actual music but enhance it. Steven's talk will take place on the final day of the conference, Saturday 26 October. Further information can be found here.
More course dates announced
Keynote Educational have announced more dates for Steven's course for teachers, Outstanding Teaching and Learning at GCSE Music. Further details at http://keynoteeducational.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?cPath=21_37&products_id=1994&osCsid=8b05edf56305df0f600dbdce34810e82
Music Learning Live 2013
Steven will present at the Music Learning Live! Asia 2013 conference in October this year. This international conference will bring musicians from a range of disciplines together to explore the challenges we all face in music education today. Further details of the conference, which takes place in Singapore, can be found at http://musiclearninglive.asia/steven-berryman/
GCSE Music Teacher Courses
Steven will lead courses on GCSE Music for Keynote Educational in Spring/Summer 2013. The course will be suitable for teachers of any GCSE Music specification and will focus on strategies to ensure the teaching throughout GCSE Music is engaging and more than enough to satisfy what OFSTED deems to be 'outstanding'. Further details will appear on the Keynote Educational Website shortly at http://www.keynoteeducational.co.uk/index.htm
New Voices @ CUA
Steven's choral work 'Versa est in luctum' has been selected for performance on the New Voices @ CUA Festival on January 25th - 26th, 2013, at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Further details will announced soon on the website at http://cuanewvoices.com
Solo piano works recording
The French pianist Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont will record two of Steven's solo piano pieces in addition to recording his second album, due to commence recording Spring 2013. In addition, the pieces will feature on his recital tour throughout 2013, and Steven and Pierre plan to collaborate on further new works in 2014. Further information about Pierre can be found on his website http://www.pierre-arnaud-dablemont.com. His current album has been received with a great deal of praise, and can be heard here http://introducing.pierre-arnaud-dablemont.com.
New work for Three Bass Clarinets
Harry Sparnaay will give the first performance of Steven's new work for three bass clarinets as part of his concert during his residency at the Clarinet Festival this December in Mexico. The Festival is to be held in Mexico City, Mexico at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). Two of his distinguished former pupils will join him for the performance - Antonio Rosales and Fernando Dominguez. Further details of the event will be added to the events page in due course. Harry's website can be viewed at http://www.harrysparnaay.info
Music Education UK
Issue 3 of Music Education UK will be in print this month and includes three items by Steven; a book review, a review of continuing professional development courses offered by The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and an opinion piece on subject content in music teaching 'Voice from the Front'. A review by Steven has appeared in a previous issue of the magazine, that of Pedro de Alcantara's most recent book. An excerpt of another article from the magazine, not by Steven, is available to read online at http://www.musiceducationuk.com/read-issue-3/
Steven will collaborate with Jamie Zubairi to create original music for his solo show Unbroken Line to be premiered at Ovalhouse, London.
INSET Courses 2012/2013
Steven will be co-leading courses for Keynote Educational on 'leading and managing a successful music department' and composition, the latter as part of a student comference. Further details to be announced and they will appear on the Keynote Educational website at Http://www.keynoteeducational.co.uk
Dance Holland Park
English National Ballet and Opera Holland Park together are offering this fantastic opportunity to present original work on the stage of Opera Holland Park. See something exceptional as emerging choreographers from English National Ballet, Union Dance, Combination Dance,South Asian dance organisation Akademi and the Romanian Cultural Institute present new works based on OHP’s 2012 season. Join us for what promises to be a delightful and inspiring afternoon.
It is six months into the Twelve-12-12 project: a celebration of the 12th December 2012 taking place at The Forge, Camden. Twelve artists will create new works for the event, and Steven's new work for viola and accordion will be premiered. Each of the twelve artists involved contributes a mini-blog entry each month to the Twelve-12-12 website which comprises twelve words and a photo. June can be seen here
TOP Concert Dates announced
Transatlantic Orchestral Productions have announced dates of performances including three of Steven's works - two of which will receive their premieres at TOP concerts. 1st July will premiere the piano piece 'Brightly Illuminated...' performed by Christine McMaster and include a performance of the String Quartet. The 11th July concert will premiere the solo guitar work. Steven's music will feature in all of the TOP concerts this summer which include performances at the Secret Garden Party Festival and Wilderness Festival.
Cena Brasil Internacional 2012
Waste - Body of the Soul
Steven's recent collaboration with Mauricio Carneirio and Beo da Silva receives its premiere in Rio de Janiero next month as part of a international festival in the Brazilian capital. Further information can be found at here.
Transatlantic Orchestral Productions
Three of Steven's works will feature as part of Transatlantic Orchestral Productions concerts this July - two have been confirmed at The George Tavern and The Old Queen's Head, London. Further details about TOP and the upcoming performances can be found here.
Soli Catalyst Concert
New work for solo mezzo soprano by Steven will be featured as part of an informal concert at the Wenlock & Essex, Islington, on Thursday 19th April. The piece will be performed by Lucie Louvrier, part of Soli Catalyst, and will be broadcast live on Hoxton FM. The concert will include works by Edmund Hunt, Matthew Lee Knowles, Howard Skempton, Edwin Roxburgh, and Stephen Mark Barchan performed by other members of Soli Catalyst. Further details will appear on www.edgemusic.co.uk shortly.
Steven will be writing a new work as part of a project called Twelve-12-12 created by composers Nikki Franklin and Steve Gisby. Twelve-12-12 is a project to mark the last occasion, for a century, when it will be possible to write the date as the triplet 12/12/12. We are presenting a concert on 12 December 2012, featuring new pieces from 12 British artists, encompassing music, visual arts and poetry, each one drawing on material based on the number 12. Further details and updates can be seen here.
Steven Berryman's setting of 'Versa est in luctum' will receive its premiere by the vocal ensemble Voci Sanctis, directed by Matt Collins. The concert takes place at St. Luke's, Chelsea, on Friday 23rd March, 2012 at 6 pm. See www.vocesanctis.co.uk for more details.
"There were some really memorable songs, including the fugal Facebook one, but most of all I enjoyed the really sophisticated harmonies and subtle timbres of your scoring, which were far more interesting than anything you get in the West End. Stravinsky seemed a prevailing spirit to my ear, and it really made for a wonderful evening, where two hours passed very swiftly." Juniper Dreams audience member It has been a wonderful and exciting week at North London Collegiate School as girls from Years 8 & 9 have performed the world premiere of a new musical Juniper Dreams. With book and lyrics by Deborah Gibbs, Director of Drama and music by Steven Berryman, Assistant Director of Music the story follows the fortunes of three girls from 1957, 1977 and 2011 who are united by their problems and experiences and escape into similar worlds. Although growing up in different periods, all find that dreaming of the pop-stars of their time is easier than facing up to the realities of school and family life. Audiences were delighted by outstanding, professional performances from the girls who should be extremely proud of their achievements. The quality of singing, acting and dancing was exceptional and it was wonderful to see this cast of 55 girls performing with such energy, maturity and focus.
The Watford Festival
Steven Berryman will adjudicate the first ever composition classes as part of the Watford Festival of Music, Speech and Drama 2012 - on Sunday 11 March 2012. Further details can be found at www.watfordfestival.co.uk
I care if you listen
Steven now contributes to the new music blog www.icareifyoulisten.com; edited by the New York based composer Thomas Deneuville, the blog offers articles and reviews of concerts and recordings. Some recent reviews by Steven include a Boulez concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and a concert of 'repeat music' by the ensemble Plus Minus at Kings Place.
With music by Steven Berryman and the book/lyrics by Deborah Gibbs - will performed by girls at North London Collegiate School in November 2011.
Royal Academy of Music Staff profile
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