25 November 2009


Welcome to the blog of Newcastle New Music: a mini-festival

This series of events will take place between 17 and 21 February 2010 at ICMuS (International Centre for Music Studies) at Newcastle University.

Details will be posted here as they become available.

The mini-festival is being built around the visit of four international figures to ICMuS: the Swedish composer Kent Olofsson, the Swedish guitarist Stefan Östersjö, the Swedish flautist Terje Thiwång and the Swiss guitarist Christoph Jäggin.

Newcastle New Music also takes advantage of the ripples from the last project of CETL's I3: a workshop of student compositions on 14 February by Northern Sinfonia and a concert on 16 February 2010 at 8 PM in The Sage Gateshead Hall Two. At this concert Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Peter Wiegold, will play music by Richard Rijnvos, John Casken, Kent Olofsson, Agustín Fernández and students from Newcastle University and the University of Durham.

In keeping with the educational mission of ICMuS, the mini-festival has a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. All our visiting composers will engage in some form of interaction with students, and they will come together in a symposium that will launch the mini-festival, on the topic Teaching and learning composition today: what higher education has done, can do and should do to nurture creative talent. 

23 November 2009

Wednesday 17 February

Teaching and learning composition today: what higher education has done, can do and should do to nurture creative talent

from 1100 to 1400

Robert Boyle Lecture Theatre
International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS)
Armstrong Building
Newcastle University
Admission is free but please let us know in advance, by Monday 15 February at 12oo: agustin.fernandez@ncl.ac.uk

As we come to the end of five years of enhanced composition studies at ICMuS, we take stock of what higher education has done, can do and should do to nurture creative talent.

Participants include John Casken, Kent Olofsson, Stefan Östersjö, David Lang, Bennett Hogg and Agustín Fernández.


Seminar by Stefan Östersjö
Gestural-Sonorous Objects in Rolf Riehm’s Toccata Orpheus
1630 to 1800
In CETL Seminar Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

22 November 2009

Thursday 18 February 2010

Seminar by Kent Olofsson and Stefan Östersjö
Thursday 18 February 2010 1600-1800
Lecture Room 2
Armstrong Building (Agustín Fernández's office)
Newcastle University

A session inhabiting the multifaceted world of the guitar and its derivatives the ten-string guitar, the electric guitar and the charango, presented by the eminent Swedish guitarist Stefan Östersjö and his principal collaborator, composer Kent Olofsson

13 November 2009

Friday 19 February

The music of Kent Olofsson
Kent Olofsson talks about his music
Friday 19 February 2010 at 1100
Culture Lab
Armstrong Building
Newcastle University
Admission free



Christoph Jäggin, guitar
Friday 19 February 2010 at 1930
in Recital Room, Armstrong Building, 
Newcastle University
Admission £3

Agustín Fernández: Nana del insomne
Harri Suilamo: Eidola
Fritz Voegelin: Nombres
Cergio Prudencio: Epicedia
Jacques Wilderberger: Los pajarillos no cantan
Agustín Fernández: ¡Oh guitarra!

12 November 2009

Saturday 20 February 2010

Christoph Jäggin's guitar masterclass
at 1500 in Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University
All classical guitarists welcome
Those intending to participate please email agustin.fernandez@ncl.ac.uk by Thursday 18 February at 1700
Christoph Jäggin in masterclass with Newcastle student Kirill Gara


Stefan Östersjö, guitar
Terje Thiwång, flute
Jonathan O'Flaherty, guitar
Lucy Mair, soprano

at 1930 in King's Hall, Armstrong Building
Newcastle University
Admission £3 at the door

Terje Thiwång and Stefan Östersjö rehearsing

Agustín Fernández: Wounded Angel for charango and electronics
Bent Sörensen: Camelot by Night  for bass flute and guitar
Thea Musgrave: Five Love Songs
Kent Olofsson: Chiral I (2007-2008) for flute and electronics
Martin Svensson: Miniatures for bass flute and charango (world première)
Harri Suilamo: Noun
Agustín Fernández: A to Z

11 November 2009

Sunday 21 February 2010

Christoph Jäggin's composers' workshop
1500 in Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

Christoph Jäggin looks at new pieces in-progress by composition students
Admission Free

Electroacoustic concert
1930 in King's Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

Admission £3  
Tel +44 (0)191 222 7636

Stefan Östersjö, guitar
Kent Olofsson, sound diffusion
Bennett Hogg & John Ferguson, improvisers
Kent Olofsson: Alambic IV for electric guitar and electronics
Bennett Hogg & John Ferguson: Improvisation
Matthew Fairclough: looking back for guitar and electronics (world première)
Kent Olofsson: Alambic III for electric guitar and tape
Bennett Hogg, Stefan Österjö, John Ferguson: Improvisation
Kent Olofsson: Il liuto d'Orfeo for charango, 6-string guitar, 10-string guitar and tape