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11 January 2017

Join the SaM Summer School for young composers and music creators!

As the SaM Summer School for young composers and creative musicians enters its ninth year, here are my thoughts on some of the students who have passed through its doors over the past decade. Sound and Music’s Summer School for young composers and creative musicians is a unique, intensive residential week for young people aged […]

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21 April 2016

The Francis Chagrin Award and what we’ve seen change in the last few years

The Francis Chagrin Award and what we’ve seen change in the last few years So this great little pot of money we distribute to a wide range of composers from each year has been going for a while now. Set up in the name of one of our founding organisations’ (SPNM) founder, composer Francis Chagrin, it’s […]

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3 June 2013

The Language of New Music

At Sound and Music, we use the word “composer” freely to mean “creator of original new music or sound”. We do this because we work across the full range of new music and the people who create it, including the increasing number who may defy ready categorisation. (Incidentally, our definition of “new music” is similarly […]

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8 November 2012

Spotlight: Susanna Eastburn on Richard Ayres

I first heard Richard Ayres’ music in the 1999 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (two years before I took over the directorship from Richard Steinitz) in a beautiful programme by Apartment House of works by Richard Rijnvos (another important first encounter for me), Christopher Fox, and Richard. On the programme was Richard’s piece no.24 (NONcerto for […]