Judges

Clark Rundell 

Director of Contemporary Music and Head of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Rundell is also Artistic Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s award winning new music group, Ensemble 10/10. Under Rundell’s leadership, Ensemble 10/10 recently won 2 RPS awards for ‘most outstanding ensemble’ and ‘most outstanding concert series’. Rundell guest conducts widely, and has developed relationships with many leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.

 Deeply committed to the performance of new music, Rundell has given world premières of works by composers including Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

A specialist in cross-genre collaboration, Rundell has conducted extensive orchestral projects with artists such as Elvis Costello, Tim Garland, Amal Murkus and the Wayne Shorter Quartet. A highly versatile musician, Rundell held the title of Director of Jazz Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.

During the 2011/12 season, Rundell’s diary includes engagements with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia and the City of London Sinfonia as part of a new contemporary music initiative of which he is Artistic Advisor.

Clark Rundell will recruit other judges depending on the genre of music and song entered.

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Latest Press

What causes fungus in the lungs?

Some fungi grow as molds, while others exist in two forms, or dimorphic---either as molds or budding yeast. Fungi can cause pneumonia in healthy people who travel to endemic areas in the United States or Central America; they can also cause rapidly fatal pneumonia in immunocompromised patients recovering from chemotherapy, or HIV-infected patients with advanced disease.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/199117-what-causes-fungus-in-the-lungs/#ixzz1luGy1Tcj

Poetry from Bob

One of our judges Bob Devereux has been creative: 

Spores floating in our atmosphere
Spores that the naked eye can’t see
I like to think they work for me
Recycling life’s detritus
 
Sometimes friends can get up my nose
Good friends can be bad enemies
It’s hard to breath at times like these
If they don't keep their distance
 
Keep looking for the way to win
This fight with space invaders
Keep spores at bay and in their place
Recycling life’s detritus

More than just mushrooms

A fungus (plural fungi) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds  (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. Visit the BBC's  Nature website for a viewpoint on fungi in nature.

Links are found between asthma and fungal allergy.

There are up to 150,000 people suffering from severe asthma in the UK. From the research we discovered that they could benefit from taking antifungal medication already available from pharmacists - the pills used to treat everyday fungal infections greatly improved the symptoms of asthma in those patients that had an allergic reaction to one or more fungi.

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