Professor Robert Saxton's Sonata for Brass Band on a Prelude of Orlando Gibbons has been shortlisted for a 2015 British Composer Award. The piece was commissioned by Peter Bassano for the City of Cambridge Brass Band, with funds provided by the Golland Trust and the RVW Trust. The first performance was given by the City of Cambridge Brass Band, conducted by Peter Bassano, on 16th November 2014.
Professor Robert Saxton was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge last weekend at a ceremony in the college chapel. Professor Saxton writes:
To celebrate the publication of his new book Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, The Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, will be speaking at the Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road on Friday 16 October, from 6 - 7pm. He will be joined by Seamus Perry and Oliver Taplin to discuss life-writing, poetry and the poet.
Holly Muir (2013, Fine Art) is currently exhibiting her piece ‘Milk on Wood’, commissioned by the Art Language Location festival, at the Oxford University Press. Consisting of eighteen panels of woodcuts with spray paint, the work narrate Dylan Thomas's 'play for voices', Under Milk Wood. The aim of the work is to explore the possibilities of sequential art, with an emphasis on how text aids visual narratives and storytelling.
The Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, and Professor Robert Gildea have both been longlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for non-fiction. The Provost has made the list for his new book Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, whilst Professor Gildea is longlisted for his history of the French Resistance, Fighters in the Shadows. The winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced on 2 November.
Professor Robert Gildea has just completed a new book about the French Resistance called Fighters in the Shadows, which he discussed with Helen Castor on BBC Radio 4's Making History programme. The interview can be listened to here.
Professor Susan (Sue) Gillingham, Fellow and Tutor in Theology, recently heard that she had been awarded the highest degree of the University – the Doctor of Divinity. Four books and ten articles have to be submitted and are judged by two or three international experts outside Oxford. The work has to ‘constitute an original contribution to the advancement of theological knowledge of such substance and distinction as to give the candidate an authoritative status in this branch of learning’. All of the work submitted demonstrated Professor Gillingham’s different approaches to studies of th
Oliver Beer (2006, Fine Art) has been announced as the winner of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2015, which is offered to British artists resident in the UK who have not previously exhibited in Japan. He will now be invited to exhibit at the Aoyama | Meguro Gallery in Tokyo, in addition to receiving a participation fee of £5000 and a period of support and introduction to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world.
On his recent trip to Australia the Provost was interviewed by journalist and broadcaster Mark Colvin on ABC Radio, about Shakespeare's relevance to the modern world. Listen to the interview and read a transcript of it here.