Academic representing UK new music in Mexico

15 May 2015

A composition by Dr Matthew Wright, Reader in Composition and Sonic Art and Director of Research in the School of Music and Performing Arts, has been selected to represent UK new music as part of a year of cultural exchange between the Mexico and UK governments, businesses and arts organisations.

Totem for Den Haag was selected by Graham McKenzie, Artistic Director of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and one of the largest new music promoters in Europe, and will be performed in association with the Mexican Centre for Contemporary Music (CEPRO).

Dr Wright said: “This opportunity came completely out of the blue. I am thrilled to be supported by the British Council for this trip and extremely happy that the work was chosen to represent the UK alongside much more established composers, such as James Dillon. 

“The original piece was supported by Quality-related (QR) funding by the School of Music and Performing Arts at Christ Church University, so it is to the School that I owe a great debt of thanks”.

Dr Wright will travel to Mexico next week and will work at CEPRO to create a unique version of the piece in the lead up to the concert which will take place on Friday 29th May in Mexico City.

Totem for Den Haag was originally released by Ensemble Klang in 2010 and can be streamed here: http://ensembleklangrecords.com/track/totem-for-den-haag

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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