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Internationally acclaimed composer set to receive honorary award

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 16 MARCH 2012

The work of one of the world’s leading and most sought-after creative artists is to be recognised by Birmingham Conservatoire next week.

Composer Heiner Goebbels will be given a prestigious Honorary Doctorate award during the week-long ‘Frontiers +’ a contemporary music festival.

The annual event showcases the work of Conservatoire’s talented composers and will this year include a discussion led by Goebbels on his approach to his work as well as performances of a selection of new works by Birmingham Conservatoire students whilst looking back at Goebbels’ creative and artistic work.

Also a theatre director, Goebbels’ music embraces various aspects of his life, inspired by natural and personal influences. Acting Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, David Saint, said: “Heiner Goebbels is one of today’s most important composers in the contemporary music and music theatre scene. His presence and the award of an Honorary Doctorate are significant for both Birmingham Conservatoire and the wider community”.

In June Goebbels returns for the UK premiere of Walden as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival, performed by Ensemble Klang (Netherlands) and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. As part of its end-of-year celebrations, the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra will perform parts of his counterpart piece, Surrogate Cities, the day before Walden.

The ‘Frontiers+’ festival runs from 19th – 23rd March 2012. Find out more at www.heinergoebbelsfestival.org

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