For our 50 Things series, clarinettist Heather Roche describes how learning the unique music of Bryn Harrison opened up a new way of thinking about her instrument.
British Music Collection: 50 Things
#BMC50 Things is a series of short blogs, to be published throughout 2018, that will offer a bold new perspective on the recent history of new music in the UK. Produced by Sound and Music and taking items from the British Music Collection as their starting point, the blogs highlight lesser-known connections and marginal stories as well as familiar names and narratives. Featuring contributions from composers, performers, writers and broadcasters, #BMC50 Things will help build a rich picture of the backgrounds, practices and diverse perspectives that have shaped the landscape of new music in the UK.
The series is at the heart of a year-long programme of activity marking the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection, which exists as both a digital platform and a physical archive managed by Heritage Quay.The collection was founded in 1967 as the British Music Information Centre, a site in central London that became a hub for young composers looking to discover and discuss new work. Now based at the University of Huddersfield, the physical collection contains thousands of scores, recordings, books, programme notes and photographs.
See all the articles in the series below:
For our 50 Things series, author Tim Rutherford-Johnson reflects on Alwynne Pritchard's Craw and the role of publishing and the internet in the lives of contemporary composers.
For our 50 Things series, composer Georgia Rodgers investigates the elaborate tape experiment of Simon Emmerson's Spirit of '76.
For our 50 Things series, Sam Mackay recalls the powerful shock of Shiori Usui's ensemble work, from scratch
For our 50 Things series, writer Robert Barry looks at the unique and intricate score for Tristram Cary's 1979 electronic work Nonet.
For our 50 Things series, soprano Juliet Fraser encounters Daphne Oram's wry and propulsive soundtrack to the 1963 film Snow (dir. Geoffrey Jones). #BMC50
For our 50 Things series, author and musicologist Robert Adlington re-traces the distinctive career of composer George Newson. #BMC50
For our 50 Things series, critic Robert Barry delves into the early days of the British Music Information Centre, via John Woolf, John Tilbury and the AMM. #BMC50
For our 50 Things series, pianist Zubin Kanga takes a closer look at Michael Finissy's ingenious Gershwin Arrangements (1975-1988) #BMC50
For our 50 Things series, Sound and Music's Angharad Cooper investigates Amber Prisetley's Such Nights I Get All The Free Margins (2007) #BMC50