Here at Sound and Music and particularly on the British Music Collection, we feel it is important to capture this moment in our history and to create a space to reflect on COVID-19 and individual responses in a creative way.

New Voices is an annual composer support scheme raising the profile of some of the most talented and exciting new voices in the UK today.


New Voices 2018

Introducing a new series of articles mapping the last fifty years of new music in the UK

Composers or sound artists based in or born in the UK are invited to join the British Music Collection. Scroll down to find out more...
Photo: Na'ama Zisser, London-based composer featured in the British Music Collection.



50 Things is a series of short blogs marking the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection, using items from the collection to offer a bold new perspective on the recent history of new music in the UK. #BMC50

Introducing a new series of articles mapping the last fifty years of new music in the UK

In conversation with Terry Day - Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers

The fourth in a series of twelve videos that have grown out of a deep research into the nature of Free Improvisation by artist, teacher and curator, Blanca Regina.

"problem solving is something I hold dear to my music - I like treating my music like studies whereby the music has a reason to exist"

"if you consider that the origin of the word comes from the Latin componer meaning ‘one who puts together’ I think it is an adequate reflection of what I am doing – putting sounds together."

"I think that all music is a product of the composer’s personality, memories, and experiences."

"I feel like the contemporary visual art world has a much more interesting, imaginative and healthy relationship with the idea of ‘found material’ than the contemporary music world."

Joanna Ward

"I tried to be efficient and minimal with how much material I chose in the first place, to create a piece which is direct in a similar way to Ginsberg's delivery of his poetry"

Robin Haigh Photo

"I've always been interested in the idea of humour in music, though for a little while my output became rather serious"