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.



We've partnered with Celtic Connections to bring you a series of interviews with artists from the 2019 festival line-up, exploring newness and experimentation in traditional music.

International Women's Day 2019 Collage

As part of the International Women's Day 2019 campaign to #BalanceforBetter, we showcase the profiles of 31 composers and their unique contributions to composition in the UK.

A collage of five women: Eleanor Alberga, Hannah Catherine Jones, Hannah Kendall, Dr. Shirley J. Thompson OBE, and Errollyn Wallen MBE.

British Music Collection Guest Curator Clifton Harrison explores the relationship between identity and aesthetic with five incredible and distinctive composers.

For our 50 Things series, guitarist and composer Edward Williams re-encounters the shock of The Crypt, a raw and legendary live recording by UK improvisation group AMM.

Shelley Knotts - A woman working on a laptop

In the final part of her curated series Amble Skuse situates her research with contemporary practice

the cover page of "Nature Study Notes"

In the thrid of a four-part curatorial series, Amble Skuse find early examples of open source and accesible ideals.

Trevor Wishart score extract

In the second of a four-part curatorial series, Amble Skuse explores examples of cultural critique through performances art.

In the first of a four-part curatorial series, Amble Skuse asks: what does performance art tell us about the world we inhabit?

The final in the series - 'Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers’ is a series that has grown out of a deep research into the nature of Free Improvisation.