ISCM British Section Panel Members

Mark Bowden (Chair)

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Mark Bowden came to public attention when he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for his orchestral work Sudden Light in 2006. Since then his music has been performed by leading orchestras and ensembles throughout the UK, Europe and the US and can be heard on radio stations around the world. Born in South Wales, Mark studied composition with
Richard Steinitz and Julian Anderson at Huddersfield University and the Royal College of Music. He has enjoyed residencies and fellowships with: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rambert Dance Company, Aldeburgh Music, Handel House Museum, Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden and the MacDowell Colony in the US. Mark is currently Reader in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London and chair of the British section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. In 2015 he was awarded the Welsh Music Guild’s Glanville Jones Award and in 2016 he received a British Composer Award.

Susanna Eastburn

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Susanna Eastburn took up the role of Chief Executive of Sound and Music ( in September 2012.  This is the latest senior appointment in a varied career that has included being Director, Music at Arts Council England from 2008-2012. Her background and particular interest is in new music and in supporting composers at different times in their career. Her first job was in music publishing, working at Music Sales Ltd with a number of leading composers including Judith Weir, Kaija Saariaho and Esa-Pekka Salonen. At the age of 32 she was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a role she fulfilled between 2000-2004, when she was selected to be a Youth Music Fellow on the inaugural year of the Clore Leadership Programme, an initiative to identify and develop leadership in the cultural sector.

In September 2013 she was elected to the Board of the International Association of Music Information Centres, where she was also President until October 2016. She is on the Board of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a Trustee of Trinity College London, as well as being a member of The Queen’s Medal for Music Committee. She is a keen chamber musician and plays the viola.

Annie Mahtani

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Annie Mahtani is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer working and living in Birmingham, UK. After completing her doctoral studies in composition in 2008 she has worked as a freelance composer, performer, curator and educator.

Her work encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. As a collaborator, Annie has worked extensively with dance, theatre and on site-specific installations. With a strong interest in field recording, Annie’s work often explores the inherent sonic nature and identity of environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not normally audible to the naked ear. Her music explores abstract and recognisable sound worlds and all the spaces in between. With a preoccupation with space, Annie works extensively with multichannel audio both in concert pieces and in live performance.

Annie is a Lecturer in Music at The University of Birmingham. She is co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art.

Lore Lixenburg

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Loré Lixenberg’s career began with Complicite, working with Simon Mcburney at the NT. Following this, her work spans from performing in opera houses and the west end,to new installations and performances with experimental visual and sound artists including Stelarc, Bruce Mclean, David Toop and ORLAN, and working on the comedy circuit. She has worked with ensembles and orchestras in contemporary music festivals worlswide on premieres written for her as well as classics of the contemporary repertoire such as the first complete recording on CD of John Cage’s ‘Songbooks’ for Sub Rosa. She staged the UK premier of Kagel 'Staatstheater' plus works by Aperghis, Berio and Wishart. She performs her own works, using extended voice in pieces such as ‘BIRD' and her series of “Singterviews” and 'ADIPOSE'. She published an artist book ‘Memory Maps’ with a postface by David Toop and the CD ‘The afternoon of a phone’ (£@B). She co-directs the artist space La Plaque Tournante in Berlin that has its own magazine CRU and is currently working on publications 'Shamanism and transformations through extended vocal techniques' and 'The voice and the holy fool', is working with Wishart on a new piece at The Hague. She is recording her new CD of vocal arrangements of Nancarrow piano rolls for voice and will be directing Nam Jun Paik 'Symphony for 20 Rooms' in Malmö.

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

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Pierre Alexandre Tremblay is a composer and a performer on bass guitar and sound processing devices, in solo and within the groups ars circa musicæ (Paris, France), de type inconnu (Montréal, Québec), and Splice (London, England, UK). He is a member of the London-based collective Loop. His music is released by empreintes DIGITALes and Ora.

He formally studied composition with Michel Tétreault, Marcelle Deschênes, and Jonty Harrison, bass guitar with Jean-Guy Larin, Sylvain Bolduc, and Michel Donato, analysis with Michel Longtin and Stéphane Roy, studio technique with Francis Dhomont, Robert Normandeau, and Jean Piché.

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay is Professor in Composition and Improvisation at the University of Huddersfield (England, UK) where he also is Director of the Electronic Music Studios. He previously worked in popular music as producer and bassist, and is interested in videomusic and coding.
He likes spending time with his family, drinking oolong tea, gazing at dictionaries, reading prose, and taking long walks. As a founding member of the no-tv collective, he does not own a working television set.

Naomi Belshaw

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Naomi Belshaw is the Grants and Programmes Manager at the PRS for Music Foundation, where she manages the classical, jazz and folk applications to The Open Fund for Organisations and Music Creators, runs the Composers’ Fund and Resonate focusing on Classical music and in addition manages the New Music Biennial, and Beyond Borders programmes.
PRS for Music Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £23.6 million to over 5,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development.
Naomi brings to the Foundation, a wealth of knowledge gained from her previous role as Classical Account Manager at PRS for Music where she focused on understanding the key challenges and opportunities facing the classical community and how PRS for Music might help.
As a keen violinist in London, Naomi regularly plays in three orchestras – Sinfonia Tamesa, Orchestra Vitae and Midsummer Opera.

Serge Vuille

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Serge Vuille is a percussionist, music curator and composer based in London. He founded and directs We Spoke : New Music Ensemble, which has been performing in the UK, Switzerland and internationally since 2009. He also performs with Martin Creed, the London Sinfonietta, Ictus Ensemble, BBCSO and Plus-Minus ensemble and regularly plays solo works in venues and festivals including HCMF, LCMF, City University and Kings Place.

Serge composes documentary music looking into relationships between history, traditions and music with recent works about Le Corbusier or the bellringing traditions with footage from St-Paul’s Cathedral and the Whitechapel foundry. He coaches the percussion ensemble and lectures in experimental music at the Royal College of Music, and is co-director of new and experimental series Kammer Klang at Cafe OTO.

Richard Whitelaw

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Richard Whitelaw moved to London in 2004 to take up the role of Programme Director at Sonic Arts Network. He has worked at Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, since its inception in October 2008, first as a Creative Project Leader and currently as Director of Programmes.

Richard has collaborated on large-scale projects with many leading international sound artists and composers and produced a range of festivals, events, education programmes and artist residencies in collaboration with leading venues and broadcasters.

He is a currently Chair of the Daphne Oram Trust and a trained Relational Dynamic Coach with a particular interest in working in a coaching contexts with artists. Richard holds a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition from the University of Birmingham and is currently working towards a postgraduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of East London.

Felix Carey

Felix Carey has worked for BBC Radio 3 since 1994, producing a wide range of music programmes and live events, and specialising in contemporary, jazz and world music.  The new music programmes have included Mixing It, Late Junction and Hear and Now, coverage of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Cut & Splice festival of experimental music and sound art in partnership with Sound & Music, and the 50 Modern Classics podcast which explored landmark works of the late 20th century.

He has also co-produced editions of Between the Ears, Radio 3’s innovative feature strand, including two collaborations with the writer and musician Peter Blegvad. Outside of the BBC he is a member of musique concrete performing group Langham Research Centre, who in 2014 released an album of early electronic and tape music by John Cage.

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