Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir to visit Nottingham university

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Judith Weir CBE is set to visit the University of Nottingham to deliver a public talk as well as tutorials with students.

Since 2014 she has served as Master of the Queen’s Music – the musical equivalent of Poet Laureate – a 388-year-old position formerly occupied by composers including Edward Elgar, Peter Maxwell Davies and Arnold Bax,

She has written for orchestras and choirs across the country and has taught as a visiting professor of composition at Princeton, Harvard and Cardiff universities.

Professor Robert Adlington, Head of the Department of Music, said: “Judith’s music marries artistic ambition, technical brilliance and a concern for audience engagement, and thus offers an exemplary model for our students.”

As well as delivering one-to-one tutorial sessions with undergraduate and postgraduate students she will also hold a public discussion about her music with Dr David Beard from the University of Cardiff, who is currently writing a book about the composer.

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Image: Judith Weir studied composition with John Tavener during her schooldays

Hayley Knowles, who is in her third year studying Music, said:

“it’s not every day that you get to meet the Master of the Queen’s Music!” “It’s such an honour that she’s visiting the department.”

Angela Slater, who is working towards a PhD in Composition, added:

“I am really looking forward to meeting Judith Weir, who is a great compositional role model.”

“Judith’s appointment as Master of the Queen’s Music is an excellent example of a female composer having┬áher talent recognised, and I very much look forward to hearing her insight on my own compositions.”

The public talk starts at 4.30pm on Tuesday March 24 at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre Lecture Theatre, University Park, Nottingham.

For more information, visit the Department of Music website or email [email protected]


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