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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Fungal News

The largest organism in the world is a mushroom that is over 1,000 years old, covering hundreds of acres of forest in Oregon, USA. Kew Gardens has an enormous collection of dried fungi - over 1.25 million samples stored in a huge archive. But many interesting studies are carried out by Mycologists at Kew. Watch a short video to see more.

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

Aspergillus as Beautiful Art Pieces

Aspergillus becomes a top subject for artist and sculpture Fiona Hepburn. Fiona has used various screen printing techniques to design her amazing sculptures based on Aspergillus fumigatus. Quote froom her " The final images I produce are one-off pieces, made up of thousands of multiples. Each tiny 'spore' is printed using hand drawn stencils exposed on to a screen. The screenprinted spores are printed on to fragile Japanese paper. I reproduce the spores until I have thousands of them, often in variations of colours and tones. Each tiny 'spore' is hand cut with a scalpel and attached to a pin. I construct the work by pushing these pins in to a background image either made through screenprint or woodcut. It allows me to control the growth of the image, allowing for different parts of the image to be seen at different levels. Making the work is like watching the cells of growing mould multiply.

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was hospitalized on May 25, 1997 seriously ill with histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Histoplasmosis is caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum. Dylan was treated with antibiotics, and his condition was not considered life threatening. Doctors said his condition was made more severe by a delay in diagnosis

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