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Off The Page 2012: UK's literary festival dedicated to contemporary music and audio culture

24 - 26 February
The Playhouse, Whitstable, Kent

Co-curated by Sound and Music and The Wire, Off The Page returns to the seaside town of Whitstable in Kent, bringing together leading critics, authors, musicians and artists in a programme of talks, presentations and panel discussions. This year’s line-up includes The Bohman Brothers, Gavin Bryars, Chris Cutler, Felicity Ford, no.w.here, Evan Parker, Patrizia Paolini, People Like Us, Simon Reynolds, Scanner, Aura Satz, Andrei Smirnov, Linder Sterling, Dave Tompkins, Jonny Trunk and Rob Young. It's a friendly, intimate setting and this year there will be plenty of family-friendly activities, with free sound workshops for children and families, so do bring along your little ones. Read more >>

Laura Bowler and Yuko Ohara

Embedded residencies: performances

Embedded is Sound and Music’s artist development programme, offering residencies for talented artists with a range of leading national creative organisations. The programme has upcoming performances that form the culminations of two of the residencies: This evening at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham, BCMG perform Embedded composer Seán Clancy’s piece Findentotenlieder alongside music by Judith Weir, Gerald Barry and Gérard Grisey. Then on Friday 17 February at BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiere orchestral works by Embedded composers Laura Bowler, Yuko Ohara and Jack White, alongside music by Richard Causton and Linda Buckley. TIckets to this concert are FREE but must be reserved in advance. Read more >>

Ikue Mori + Maja Ratkje UK Tour

28 March / The Cluny, Newcastle

29 March / Lanternhouse, Ulverston

30 March / Cafe Oto, London
31 March / Black Box, Belfast
This unmissable string of dates brings together two iconic female figures of high-grade musical experimentation. Having pursued unseen angles in rock music in the late-seventies with the legendary DNA, Japanese-born Mori has become one of the world’s most celebrated and respected improv auteurs, while since the turn of the century the Norwegian Ratkje has dazzled with her maverick vocal work, radical compositions and thrilling explorations of pure noise. Read more >>

Sound and Music Summer School 2012 - open for applications

Course dates: 5 - 11 August
Application deadline: 29 March
The Sound and Music Summer School is a life-changing opportunity for up to 75 young people in the UK aged 14 -18. They will spend a weeklearning about all aspects of creating music, working with professional composers and musicians and using the specialist facilities ofthe Purcell School of Music. Read more >>

New video documentation

We've made several films documenting projects that took place in 2011. If you missed the events, these are great ways to catch up with the work. At Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival we supported the premiere by ELISION ensemble of Richard Barrett's enormous new cycle, CONSTRUCTION. We also produced a 20-minute film documenting the premiere and with commentary by the composer. You can view it here. We have also documented the double-bill tour of Harold Budd and The Necks. Watch that here. And we've been uploading highlights from Off The Page 2011 ahead of this year's festival. You can watch them here.

ISCM World Music Days 2012: UK composers selected

Sound and Music administrates the British Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. The programme of works selected by the international jury for inclusion in the ISCM World Music Days in Flanders (25 - 31 October 2012) has been announced, featuring the following works by British composers: Jonathan Harvey Sringara Chaconne for ensemble; Adam Stansbie Escapade (electroacoustic work); Thomas Simaku Flauto acerbo (Soliloquy V) for solo recorder; Richard Whalley Interlocking Melodies, for string quartet; Ed Hughes A Buried Flame (for choir).

British Council Travel Bursaries to Composers

Deadline for applications: Monday 6 February
A reminder that the final deadline for applications for the next round of British Council Travel Bursaries to Composers Scheme. The scheme is designed to help promote British contemporary music by assisting professional British composers, who are resident in the UK, to travel overseas to attend significant presentations of their work in major public venues and festivals. Read more and apply >>

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Shoel Stadlen
Date added:
2 February 2012 - 1:56pm
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