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An animation produced by participants at a workshop at Heritage Quay in June 2016.

This animation is sound tracked by Elizabeth Maconchy's Siren's Song (1974)

Evil Queen

An animation produced by participants at a workshop at Heritage Quay in June 2016.

Panda was inspired by the piece Sound Barrier (1952) by Malcolm Arnold. Although the original work was inspired by Spitfires, 'Panda' takes an equally militaristic but darker turn

Panda

An animation produced by participants at a workshop at Heritage Quay in June 2016.

 

Shapes was inspired by MERZsonata (1998) by Christopher Fox and uses visuals to show the use of collage in Fox's composition.

Shapes

“I try to remember that making is fundamentally as natural as breathing.”

James Weeks provides an honest account of how he approaches composing

Creative Project Leader Harry Cooper introduces the Collection’s International Women’s Day activities.

"The 1960's and 1970's were a particularly fruitful time for music education..."

The introduction to a series of pieces for young players from the 1960s and 70s, curated by Composer, Sound artist and Musician, Duncan Chapman.

"Through our installation we invited visitors to listen to five pieces, while sitting at our musical dining table."

Laura Seddon details the Sounding Food and Music exhibition, which was curated by Contemporary Connections at the Brighton Jubilee Library Exhibition Space, in January 2015.

"I see improvisation as instant (usually collaborative) composition....an important form of musical communication..."

The Tenth, and final, interview in Julie Kjær's series: Female Musicians on the London Improv Scene

Sloth Racket - 'Shapeshifters' (Cath Roberts) | Live at the Vortex, London, May 2016

"The British Music Collection doesn’t discriminate; anything goes – see for yourself…"

SaM's new administrator, Sarah, explores the range of work within the Collection, focusing on three very different pieces.

"I had so much fun and felt so at home in this music... I knew immediately this was a music scene I wanted to be a part of."

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

"All I know is there’s a reason musicians and composers shouldn’t talk." 

 

How an Italian virtuoso living in Greece humored Eugene Birman by recording the most difficult sax piece in history. Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas.

"Improvisation to me is a journey each time, that is followed by a memory"

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

The Custodians

Oxford Philharmonic's Marios Papadopoulos brings New Music to one of the world’s oldest Universities

Eugene Birman details how the Orchestra are using their celebrity guest performers to produce new music concerts
Marios and Maxim in a garden

"Improvised music accepts extreme and absurd parts of all of us"

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

Hannah Marshall and Paul G. Smyth

"The opportunity to work solo but with a dancer or visual artist inspires me - when there is someone to bounce off"

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

Sylvia Hallett, Anna Homler 20.5.12

"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

"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

"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)

We are starting to see the beginning of the transformation of the British Music Collection into a world-leading resource for new music discovery.
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Evil Queen

An animation produced by participants at a workshop at Heritage Quay in June 2016.

Ensemble "die reihe" - David Bedford: "Balloon Music 1"

The fourth article in a series on pieces for young players from the 1960s and 70s

 

Panda

An animation produced by participants at a workshop at Heritage Quay in June 2016.

The third article in a series on pieces for young players from the 1960s and 70s

Shapes

An animation produced by participants at a workshop at Heritage Quay in June 2016.

 

The second article in a series on pieces for young players from the 1960s and 70s

“I try to remember that making is fundamentally as natural as breathing.”

"Insights on being a woman composer" - International Women's Day 2017

We asked three New Voices 2016 about being a female composer in 2017. See what they had to say...

Creative Project Leader Harry Cooper introduces the Collection’s International Women’s Day activities.

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