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"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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Delia's Psychadelian Waltz

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"Delia is consistently inspiring and surprising us as we discover and uncover more of her fascinating work"

Photo montage of all the female improvisers in the series
Female improvisers in London

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

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

How I Compose

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

Spotlight

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

Visiting Hugh Davies

Exhibition

An holistic approach to music making curated by Bill Vine

Image of Ben Gaunt writing on manuscript paper
Spotlight

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

How I Compose

"In developing my own practices, and through a general interest in the lives and work of those whose music I most admire, I have frequently found myself transported by the details of another composer's writing habits"

Jonathan Harvey - Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco (1980)

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"The sheer fact Jonathan Harvey was the first British composer to really tackle Spectralism is enough reason for him to be celebrated for millennia..."

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"Listening alone with my headphones on was the cultural context that it was made for and so the experience was[...]complete and electrifying"

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