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

Composer Ben Gaunt delves into 3 of the BMC's most 'unboring' composers...

I Work Carefully To Open My Heart

"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!)
The British Music Collection is actively seeking new collaborations and curators to draw out the stories within the Collection
Heritage Quay, woman using computer
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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I Work Carefully To Open My Heart

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"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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"...Lumsdaine's vision is, metaphorically, from before dawn to a rich sunrise, with clouds passing over, and wind coming in gusts..."

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Closed call for attendees of Music Tech Fest Berlin to work creatively with BMC data

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"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..."

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Some questions to consider for inspiration when putting pen to paper... 

Look Up Doncaster

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"In listening to each piece, her presence at each site and the time spent with members of the local community become clear..."

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