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

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

Beware of the risks of inhaling cannabis

Plant material such as marijuana is an excellent food source for fungi such as Aspergillus. Once cut the material must be dried rapidly and consistently to a very low moisture level to avoid it becoming mouldy. Once dried it must be stored in completely dry conditions to prevent it becoming damp and once again quickly becoming mouldy.

Storing marijuana or any other plant material in small sealed containers or wrapped in plastic will only help if the material is completely dry in the first place, otherwise you are effectively locking the mould in with its own supply of food and water whereupon it will flourish. Mould does not need light or much heat to grow.    

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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.

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