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Conducting success for several of our recent alumni this summer: Joel Sandelson and Bertie Baigent have both graduated from the Royal Academy of Music's Postgraduate  Conducting Course with Distinction; Joel is going on to be a Fellow of the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, and Bertie will take up a job as Assistant Conductor at the Colorado Symphony this Autumn. Jonathan Schranz graduated from the Royal Academy's MA in Choral Conducting, also with Distinction, and will take up the post of Director of Music at St George's Cathedral, Southwark in January 2019.

Alex Ho selected as one of Sound and Music's 'New Voices 2018'. Sound and Music is delighted to announce the 15 composers and creative artists who will be its 2018 New Voices, and the first group to go through this brand new artist development programme.

Matthew Laube has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in History at Birkbeck, University of London. At Birkbeck, he will be embarking on a new project exploring the sonic culture of the Low Countries during the Dutch Revolt (c.1520-1648), using sound and sensory history as critical prisms for understanding the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of violence and pain. Between 2014 and 2017 Matthew was a Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, and is currently an Affiliated Researcher in the Faculty of Music. He takes up his fellowship in October 2018.

Kirsten Paige (St. John's, M.Phil. 2011) completed her Ph.D. in Music History and Literature at UC Berkeley in Spring 2018 and will begin a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in August. In May 2018, she was also awarded the Ingolf Dahl Memorial Prize in Musicology from the American Musicological Society's Northern California and Pacific Southwest Chapters.

Congratulations to Helen Charlston (Trinity College), who has won the 2018 London Handel Singing Competition

Former PhD Composition student David Roche had a piece commissioned by James Dyson and premiered at Cadogen Hall, London, on Sunday 25 February. Performed by the Orion orchestra, it incorporates various vacuums, fans, and dryers! Read more about the piece here.

James Brady (Churchill College, 2007), has won The Musicians' Company 2018 Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger's Award for his arrangement for big band of Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life.

Christopher Willis (Clare College), has won best original score for a comedy film for The Death of Stalin at the 2018 International Film Music Critics Awards

Alex Tay (King's College, 2012) has been selected as one of the 2018 LSO Panufnik Composers.

Hiroshi Amako (Trinity College, 2011) has won the Royal Academy of Music Patrons' Award following a recital at Wigmore Hall in 2018.

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian (Girton College) has won the Contemporary Jazz Composition category of the British Composer Awards 2017 for composition Muted Lines.

Matilda Lloyd has won the Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition 2017.

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian (Girton College) has been nominated under the Chamber Ensemble and Contemporary Jazz Composition categories of the British Composer Awards 2017 for compositions, Khadambi's House and Muted Lines.

Ed Hughes has been nominated under the Amateur or Young Performer category of the British Composer Awards 2017 for his composition, The Feast That Went Off With A Bang.

Christian Mason has been nominated under the Small Chamber category of the British Composer Awards 2017 for his composition, Tuvan Songbook.

Anna Harvey (Jesus College, 2007) has won the Oratorio Prize and Audience Prize at the 51st International Vocal Competition at ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Emma Kavanagh (Jesus College, 2013) has been selected as the Europe Regional Winner in the Music, Film and Theatre category of the 2017 Undergraduate Awards. Her paper was entitled Rondo and Retrospection: Musical Structure and Narrativity in Dvorák's The Water Goblin.

Misha Mullov-Abbado (Gonville & Caius, 2009) has been selected as the jazz musician for the BBC's New Generation Artists programme 2017–19.

Michael Mofidian (Jesus College) has won the 2017 Pavarotti Prize at the Royal Academy of Music.

Ben Glassberg (Girton College, 2012) has won the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors.