Monthly Archives: July 2013

Excellent review for Letitia Keys, Siân Dicker and Genevieve Arkle following concert in Charroux, France, July 20th

A review of the concert in Charroux on July 20th, in which singers Letitia Keys, Siân Dicker and Genevieve Arkle performed together with Ian Pace, has been published in La Nouvelle République . This is review speaks of the ‘perfect diction, masterful breathing and impeccable vocal control’ of the singers – high praise for the diction considering the concert included several numbers in French! Many congratulations to the three singers. The review can be viewed here. Photos from the event will follow later.

Genevieve Arkle, Siân Dicker and Letitia Keys will give concert in Charroux, France with Ian Pace on July 20th

On July 20th, 2013 in Charroux, western France, at Château de Rochemeaux (through the kind generosity of veteran pianist Jorg Demus in providing the venue), three singers from City will give a concert of solo arias, duets, trios together with pianist and Lecturer in Music at City Ian Pace. The concert will feature music of Mozart, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Wagner-Liszt, Wagner-Busoni, Glinka-Balakirev, Chaikovsky, Léhar, Britten and Sullivan.

For further information, please see the following link:

Ben Schoeman (DMA) selected to take part in the Cleveland International Piano Competition 2013

City University DMA student, pianist Ben Schoeman, was selected as one of 30 pianists to take part in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. This is one of the world’s most prestigious competitions and a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC). Ben Schoeman is a student of Dr. Christopher Wiley (City University, London) and Prof. Ronan O’Hora (Guildhall School of Music & Drama). He is currently completing a doctoral dissertation on the piano music of the South African composer Stefans Grové. Schoeman won the 1st Prize in the 11th UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria (also a WFIMC competition) as well as the Gold Medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London. In 2012 he won the Glass Trophy of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama after his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall. He passed two pre-selection rounds to be accepted as one of the 30 competitors in the Cleveland Competition. The event will take place between 28 July and 12 August 2013 in Cleveland (Ohio), United States of America.

For more information, please visit the competition website:

Ben Schoeman (DMA) gives performances at the National Arts Festival in South Africa

City University DMA student, pianist Ben Schoeman, has given concerts at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. At the prestigious Gala Concert of this event on 30 June 2013, Schoeman performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Richard Cock. The prominent South African critic Jeff Brukman (Head of the Music Department at Rhodes University) described his performance as “a sensitive interpretation” and wrote that “compositional features and inner-voiced thematic material were highlighted through Schoeman’s careful voicing of the richly-hued tapestry” (Cue Newspaper, Grahamstown). On 2 July Schoeman gave a solo recital at the National Arts Festival. His programme included works of Haydn, Schumann, Wagner-Liszt as well as the South African composer Surendran Reddy.

During his South African visit, Ben Schoeman also gave two chamber music recitals in collaboration with his duo-partner cellist Anzél Gerber. The two musicians won the first prize in the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Italy (2012). Their first recital took place at the ZK Matthews Great Hall of the University of South Africa on 23 June and was described by the critic Thys Odendaal (Beeld newspaper) as “an ecstatic performance that can surely be described as a highlight of Pretoria’s concert calendar for this year”. On 1 July the Gerber/Schoeman Duo repeated their programme to a capacity audience at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The following review appeared in the Cue Newspaper (Wednesday 3 July 2013):

Dr Christopher Wiley facilitates workshop on electronic voting systems at ICICTE 2013, Crete

Dr Christopher Wiley facilitated a workshop on electronic voting systems at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education (ICICTE) in Chania, Crete on 5 July 2013.

Dr Wiley’s presentation, entitled ‘Increasing Instructional Interactivity with Turning Technologies Response Technology’, was chaired and moderated by Jay Carpenter, UK Territory Manager from Turning Technologies.

Highlights of Dr Wiley’s presentation included findings from his research into student engagement with electronic voting systems, aspects of his own teaching in musical theatre and pop music, and even a dodecaphonic piece improvised on an iPad piano app.

Last year, Dr Wiley became the first ever person from the arts and humanities appointed to Turning Technologies’ global Distinguished Educator programme.

The day’s programme for the conference may be accessed at the following link:

A review of the conference by Olivia Fox (City University London) may be found here: