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.



"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."

Patrick Brennan

Patrick Brennan on Embedded with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Trio Blurb (Mia Zabelka, Maggie Nichols, John Russell) @ Cafe Oto, 12.2.12

"I’m quite interested in blurring the so-called right and left brain; what’s rational and what’s intuitive..."

Ensemble Zohra recording The Rosegarden of Light in Kabul

" introduction to my own passion for the music of Afghanistan"

Laura Reid

Laura Reid in Partnership with Kuljit Bhamra on Portfolio

Sir Harrison Birtwistle ... An Interrupted Endless (1991-1994)

"I hope to have highlighted a few examples of works, and composers, that I would encourage oboists out there to learn, and perform..."


David Coonan

David Coonan on Portfolio with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Delia's Psychadelian Waltz

"Delia is consistently inspiring and surprising us as we discover and uncover more of her fascinating work"

Photo montage of all the female improvisers in the series

"Improvisation is life at its most alert and heightened."