Thoughts on the New Voices networking day

Earlier this month, Sound and Music got together with a number of the current New Voices cohort in Birmingham to talk, learn and share…

“From musical guilty pleasures, ethics around digital publishing, or Morris dancing with live electronics (a ‘serious’ concept or not? You decide…), I left the New Voices networking days feeling incredibly stimulated and inspired by brilliant company and conversation.

Of course the day wasn’t about Sound and Music, but about the composers themselves, and it was a real treat to play a part in facilitating a composer-led environment where topics deemed of greatest importance had space to be drawn out and discussed with so much energy, integrity and good humour.

For Sound and Music, it’s so important for us to in turn, ask for honest feedback in person about our programmes – there is nothing more valuable in terms of our own planning and decision making – which we never want to make in silo. The feeling of shaping something collaboratively, with the input every participant, is second to none.

Thanks New Voices 2016 for your enthusiasm and openness, and for a cracking Brum weekend”


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“Thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant weekend! It was fantastic to be able to spend some time with everybody and to meet the other composers. I’m going away with lots to think about and do….” Nick Morrish-Rarity (Portfolio/mu:arts)






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“I found the away days extremely beneficial – it was great to hear from Sound and Music directly, and it was great to get to know some of the other New Voices better too, which gave me a sense of their work. I’m sure a few of us will be in touch again to meet up and share work soon enough.” Sally Golding (Embedded/ South London Gallery)






Every year, Sound and Music shine a light on the work of the composers who are currently in residence on our Embedded and Portfolio programmes. These are our New Voices of 2016.  They are creating new, exciting and innovative music, across disciplines, all over the UK.


Read Q+As with all the current New Voices here>> 

Download the New Voices brochure here>>



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