YCAT Vocalists' Accomplishments: Kathryn Rudge and Morgan Pearse
4th June 2013
It is with great pleasure to announce that mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge has moved on to commercial management with Ingpen and Williams, following her time with YCAT. Ingpen and Williams has represented many of the greatest artists of the second half of the 20th century, including Sir Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Rudolf Kempe, Sir Michael Tippett, Dame Joan Sutherland, Elisabeth Söderström, Christa Ludwig, Hans Hotter and Alfred Brendel.
New YCAT artist and baritone Morgan Pearse has won the top prize of Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. For 50 years, the Royal Over-Seas League has been devoted to the career development of talented young professional artists and musicians from the UK and the Commonwealth. The organisation provides scholarships and performance opportunities for musicians at major venues such as Wigmore Hall.
2013 YCAT Artists Announced
18th May 2013
At Wigmore Hall, YCAT held its annual Public Final Auditions where 8 young artists gave extraordinary performances, and of those, five were selected for YCAT representation:
Benjamin Baker violin
Congratulations to all those who performed at YCAT Final Auditions!
Heath Quartet win RPS Young Artists Award
15th May 2013
We are delighted to announce that on Tuesday 14 May 2013 the Heath Quartet became the first ensemble in 15 years (since the Brentano Quartet won in 1997) to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. The award recognises a chamber ensemble or solo artist making their first significant impact in the UK during 2012 and celebrates the very best in live classical music-making.
Selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2008, we are thrilled to announce that YCAT is handing on the general management of the Heath Quartet to Askonas Holt.
The Heath Quartet is rapidly emerging as one of the most original voices on the international chamber music scene. Future engagements include their debut at Carnegie Hall, complete Tippett and Bartók cycles at Wigmore Hall, recitals at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris and a return visit to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Highlights in the UK during 2012 included recitals at Wigmore Hall (as part of the Emerging Talent scheme), the Barbican, Peasmarsh, Salisbury and Spitalfields Festivals. The Quartet collaborated with Ian Bostridge, Luke Bedford, Brett Dean, Steven Mackey, Stephen Hough, Michael Collins, Joanna MacGregor and Anthony Marwood.
In Europe the Quartet made their debut at the Kissingen Winterzauber, Schwetzinger and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals (where they won the 2012 Ensemble Prize), the deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Berlin Konzerthaus.
The Heath Quartet was formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the guidance of the late Dr. Christopher Rowland and Alasdair Tait. They are Professors of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and in 2011 won a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship Award.
2013 YCAT Final Auditions at Wigmore Hall, 17 May
25th April 2013
On 17th May, YCAT will hold its third and final round of auditions at Wigmore Hall. Over 100 applicants competed in the preliminary and semi-final rounds, and from which 8 outstanding young soloists and ensembles move on to the final round to perform before a distinguished panel of judges.
Boosey & Hawkes signs composer Mark Simpson April 2013
19th April 2013
Boosey & Hawkes has signed a publishing agreement with 24-year-old composer Mark Simpson, born in Liverpool in 1988.
Boosey & Hawkes is pleased to announce a new publishing agreement with British composer Mark Simpson. His orchestral work sparks was commissioned by the BBC to open the Last Night of the Proms last year and A mirror-fragment… receives its London premiere by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on 19 April. Simpson recently won a Sky Arts Futures Fund bursary worth £30,000, awarded to five of the most exciting young creative talents, to nurture future projects including a new commission.