ISCM In Previous Years

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The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an important international network of members from around fifty countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music - the music of our time.

Every year, a different member country hosts the ISCM World Music Days festival, where a composer from each country has the opportunity to have their work performed at the event. Below, you can read and learn about the past events of previous years. Alternatively, you can visit the ISCM website for a complete list of past events since 1923.

Past Years' Festivals


Winner: Patrick Friel
See the full shortlist here


Patrick Friel Once upon an alphabet

Category 8a. Music for children (piano solo) max. 5 mins

Patrick studied Composition with Philip Grange at The University of Manchester, graduating from the Masters course with distinction in 2014. 

Patrick Friel 's compositions – described as ‘arresting, mesmerising, expansive, ambitious, kaleidoscopic’ – have been performed by Lionel Handy, Richard Casey, and the Fidelio Trio, and his Endangered Species Band was featured in the 2014 Southport International Jazz Festival. In 2015 he has produced work for Royal College of Art, Česká televize, and FAMU, Prague, and composed new music for young musicians through UCL Institute of Education. Patrick is passionate about teaching composition and will take up a post at St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, Finchley, in 2015-16.




4th June 2015 - Nina Whiteman's 'The Galaxy in Rotation' is selected from the British shortlist for World Music Days 2015, Slovenia

Nine Whiteman Nina Whiteman is a composer and singer based in Manchester with a growing reputation as an engaging British compositional talent.

Her recent music has drawn primarily on scientific source materials, particularly Vera Rubin’s research in astronomy. During 2013-14 commissions included a new work for Psappha (The Galaxy Rotation Problem), and a collaboration with Ealing Youth Orchestra (Dark Matter Sounding).

These works act as sonic maps of humanly unreachable locations, where distant galaxies and imaginary particles are encountered by audiences.Previous commissions have come from ensembles such as Manchester Camerata, Quatuor Danel, and TOEAC. Nina’s work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, commissioned by the Adopt-a-Composer scheme (PRS for Music Foundation/Sound and Music/Making Music), and featured at major venues and festivals including the Bridgewater Hall, Cheltenham Music Festival, Kettle’s Yard, Media City, and the RNCM.

Nina is co-director of Trio Atem, and frequently engages with experimental interdisciplinary projects as a composer-singer.

The Galaxy Rotation Problem 

Vera Rubin (b.1928) is an astronomer whose research led to theories of dark matter in the universe. Her discovery that objects at the outer limits of galaxies rotate much faster than the laws of physics predict was an important landmark in our understanding of space: unseen, non-luminous, dark matter of significant mass must exist.The Galaxy Rotation Problem is an impossible journey through some of the galaxies observed by Rubin: their properties are re-imagined sonically, guiding the listener through terra incognita light years apart.The Galaxy Rotation Problem was commissioned by Psappha and premiered at the New Music North West festival in Manchester on 2 November 2013.

To listen to The Galaxy Rotation Problem composition by Nina Whiteman, visit


6th November 2014 - British Section announces shortlist for World Music Days 2015, Slovenia

The British panel are pleased to announce that they have selected the following works to submit to the International Jury for the World Music Days 2015 to be hosted by Slovenia next year.

  1. Dani Howard - Blue Pavilion

  1. Matthew Kaner - The Calligrapher's Manuscript

  1. Ryan Latimer – Moby Dick

  1. Francesca Le Lohe - Another Red

Another Red is inspired by the small sculpture works by Anish Kapoor from the 1980’s, in particular To reflect an Intimate Part of the Red (1981) and Red in the Centre (1982). I found the composition of the sculptures particularly fascinating; the solid concrete structure covered in fragile, though boldly coloured, pigment creates an unusual and illusionary texture. The layers of the strong yet delicate shapes informed how I approached my piece.

  1. Neil Luck – Foke Music 

  1. Nina Whiteman (Selected Composition) - The Galaxy Rotation Problem

To listen to the composition go to

3rd October 2014 - ISCM Composer Exchange and Networking Programme 

Click here to watch a short film with the composers selected for the ISCM Composer Exchange and Networking Opportunity

30th September 2014 - Call for Scores via the British Panel are now closed

You can still submit directly to the ISCM international jury by 31st October 2014 (Published composers)

For more information on how to apply, visit here or see ISCM Slovenia call for works document.

8th September 2014 - Calls for Scores now open

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on 020 7759 1800 or e-mail

11th March 2014 - Jobina Tinnemanns received British Council Travel Grant to attend World Music Days 2014

With the support from the British Council Travel Grant, in partnership with Sound and Music, Jobina Tinnemans will be able to attend the performance of her piece at World Music Days.

See more information here about the other composers awarded support to travel oversees performances of their work.

British Composers in ISCM World Music Days 2014

wroclow2014The British panel has selected the following works to submit to the International Jury for the World Music Days in Wroclaw 2014:

Julian Anderson - The Discovery of Heaven for orchestra

Colin Broom - Harbinger for orchestra

Felipe Otondo - Irama

Jonathan Pitkin - Con Spirito for piano and Yamaha Disklavier

Jo Thomas - Crystal Sounds of a Synchrotron

Jobina Tinnemanns - Shakespeare and Hedgeshear


British Composers in ISCM World Music Days 2013


The programme of works selected by the international jury for inclusion in the ISCM World Music Days 2013 in Vienna, Bratislava and Kosice will feature a performance of Robert Rusconi's De Materia solida e corporea.



British Composers in World Music Days 2012 - Flanders

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The programme of works, selected for inclusion by the international jury, for the ISCM World Music Days, Flanders 25 - 31 October 2012 has been announced and the ISCM Britain and SAM are delighted that the UK will be represented by six composers in the Festival: 

Adam Stansbie - Escapade (electroacoustic work)
25 October 2012, 22:00 - Brussels. Theatre Marni - Musiques & recherches

Richard Whalley Interlocking Melodies for string quartet (performed by Quatuor Danel)
28 October 2012, 14:00 - Leuven. Transit Festival

Thomas Simaku Flauto acerbo (Soliloquy V) for solo recorder (performed by Apsara)
1 November 2012, 17:00 - Bruges. Concertgebouw

Robert Rusconi Elegie for double bass and live electronics (selected by the ECPNM European Competition for Live Electronic Music Projects 2012, held under auspices of ISCM WMD)
3 November, Antwerp. De Singel

Jonathan Harvey Sringara Chaconne for ensemble (Hermes Ensemble)
4 November, 18:00 - Antwerp. De Singel

Ed Hughes A Buried Flame for choir (Aquarius vocal ensemble)
4 November, 20:00 - Antwerp. De Singel

27th December 2012 - Announcement of British Composers at ISCM World Music Days 2014

are delighted to announce that as part of ISCM World Music Days 2014 in
Wroclaw, Poland, two of the six pieces selected by the British Section
will be performed which are:

  1. Julian Anderson - The Discovery of Heaven for orchestra
  2. Jobina Tinnemanns - Shakespeare and Hedgeshear

For more information on the rest of the programme, please see here:

Related Pages

About the ISCM

The ISCM Website

Call for World Music Days Festival 2016


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