news
Published: 26 August 2016

Alumni successes

We have received news of two of our alumni who are enjoying success with a new CD and an academic book respectively.

Odaline de la Martinez, who graduated with an MMus in Composition in 1977, is the conductor on a newly-released CD recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate, by Retrospect Opera.

Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was a Surrey-based composer about whom the University has hosted events in the recent past and commemorated the 70th anniversary of her death with a concert in her home town of Woking.

The Boatswain's Mate, first performed in 1916, was far and away the most popular of her operas and, between the wars, was often performed. It is a wonderfully tuneful and funny work, using folk music to evoke English rural life. Smyth was a close friend of Emmeline Pankhurst. She had been strongly involved with the suffragette movement immediately before she composed The Boatswain's Mate, and it's generally considered her most feminist opera.

Odaline pursues a demanding and successful career. In 1984, she became the first woman to conduct a BBC Promenade concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Since then she has been invited to the Proms regularly, including a special performance in 1994 of Dame Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers. More recently, she was a member of the celebrity University Challenge team captained by Professor Jim Al-Khalili!

For more details on the opera, visit Retrospect Opera’s website

Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste, who graduated with an MA in Applied Linguistics in 1997, has edited a new book, Linking Discourse Studies to Professional Practice, that showcases collaborative work by scholars from Australia, Europe and USA, published by Multilingual Matters.

Lubie is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City University of New York). She has taught, presented and published on the topics of discourse analysis, critical discourse, genre analysis, genre transfer and genre-based teaching, acquisition of second language writing and second language teaching.

More details here.