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"I found it curious that I, an atheist living in the 21st century, was writing music for medieval instruments to be performed in a church."

Alex Nikiporenko details the process he used to write a piece for recorder quarter BLOCK 4

"I’m quite interested in blurring the so-called right and left brain; what’s rational and what’s intuitive..."

The second interview in Julie Kjær's series: Female Musicians on the London Improv Scene

Trio Blurb (Mia Zabelka, Maggie Nichols, John Russell) @ Cafe Oto, 12.2.12

"...an introduction to my own passion for the music of Afghanistan"

The first of three articles in which Sadie Harrison investigates BMC composers who have explored the music of other cultures

Ensemble Zohra recording The Rosegarden of Light in Kabul

"I hope to have highlighted a few examples of works, and composers, that I would encourage oboists out there to learn, and perform..."

 

James Turnbull details the treasures he discovered during his visit to the the British Music Collection

Sir Harrison Birtwistle ... An Interrupted Endless (1991-1994)

"Improvisation is life at its most alert and heightened."

The first interview in Julie Kjær's series: Female Musicians on the London Improv Scene
Photo montage of all the female improvisers in the series

"It is my hope to contribute, in a small way, towards painting a bigger picture of how people compose"

Lee Westwood spills the beans on the process he used to compose '...and the stars were like pinpricks in the black fabric of night...'

...and the stars were like pinpricks in the black fabric of night... (2015) - Lee Westwood

"I knew I’d found something that definitely wasn’t what I wasn’t looking for..."

Composer Robert Percy explores a 'special object' he discovered in the BMC

An holistic approach to music making curated by Bill Vine

Curated by Bill Vine, composer, sonic artist and electronic instrument builder

Visiting Hugh Davies

"I don’t want to write about myself. That’s boring..."

Composer Ben Gaunt delves into 3 of the BMC's most 'unboring' composers...
Image of Ben Gaunt writing on manuscript paper

"The advent of online resources has of course had a great effect on how we research, but it’s possibly changed even more how we browse..."

A playlist celebrating the diversity of sounds created by women in the Collection for International Women's Day 2016
Compiled by Harry Cooper, Creative Project Leader at Sound and Music
The British Music Collection has been fully sorted & repackaged for the first time...that's over 850 boxes of scores, recordings & archives preserved & accessible (and looking rather beautiful!)
If we can share and celebrate the achievements of past female composers we can build a foundation for new composers to walk onto where they are accepted as individuals and not just “women”.

The Halle - Concerto for clarinet and trumpet (exclusive rehearsal)

An exhibition for International Women's Day 2015 by multi-media artist Poulomi Desai
"Lol's playing was totally unique. When Solo Soprano was showed in Cafe Oto project space, people walked in off the street saying 'I can hear Lol Coxhill'."
A personal view of free-improvising saxophonist and raconteur Lol Coxhill, by artist film-maker and friend Helen Petts.

Solo Soprano - a portrait of Lol Coxhill (extract)

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Foyer of Heritage Quay
Spotlight

"Within Heritage Quay awaits the most incredible resource that deserves to belong at the very heart of British music"

Joel Cahen
New Voices

Joel Cahen from CMMAS on Embedded

Georgia Rodgers
New Voices

Georgia Rodgers on Embedded from Bozzini Quartet

How I Compose

"I found it curious that I, an atheist living in the 21st century, was writing music for medieval instruments to be performed in a church."

Patrick Brennan
New Voices

Patrick Brennan on Embedded with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Trio Blurb (Mia Zabelka, Maggie Nichols, John Russell) @ Cafe Oto, 12.2.12

Female Improvisers in London

"I’m quite interested in blurring the so-called right and left brain; what’s rational and what’s intuitive..."

Ensemble Zohra recording The Rosegarden of Light in Kabul

The British WORLD Music Collection

"...an introduction to my own passion for the music of Afghanistan"

Laura Reid
New Voices

Laura Reid in Partnership with Kuljit Bhamra on Portfolio

Sir Harrison Birtwistle ... An Interrupted Endless (1991-1994)

Spotlight

"I hope to have highlighted a few examples of works, and composers, that I would encourage oboists out there to learn, and perform..."

 

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