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Female Improvisers in London

"Immersing myself in free improvisation has given me a route back to myself."

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

Rachel Musson tenor sax June 2016

Female Improvisers in London

"I’m strongly aware of being musically inspired by every-day stuff, overheard or chance conversations in the street..."

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

Alison Blunt violin June 2016

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."

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

"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

The British WORLD Music Collection

"...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

Spotlight

"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)

Female improvisers in London

"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
How I Compose

"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

Spotlight

"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
Exhibition

An holistic approach to music making curated by Bill Vine

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

Visiting Hugh Davies

Spotlight

"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
Spotlight

"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..."

Spotlight
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
Heritage Quay
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!)
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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)

Collection
An exhibition for International Women's Day 2015 by multi-media artist Poulomi Desai
Spotlight
"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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Elo Masing
New Voices

Elo Masing with Sounding Motion

Sound and Music

10 September 14:00–17:00, Feminist Library

Jack James
New Voices

Jack James on Embedded with Music Hackspace

Rachel Musson tenor sax June 2016

Female Improvisers in London

"Immersing myself in free improvisation has given me a route back to myself."

Mari Ohno
New Voices 2016

Mari Ohno on Embedded with Café OTO

Alison Blunt violin June 2016

Female Improvisers in London

"I’m strongly aware of being musically inspired by every-day stuff, overheard or chance conversations in the street..."

Pete Yelding
New Voices

Pete Yelding on Portfolio with Kuljit Bhamra.

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

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