Event: FLUID Festival // Composer-Curator

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September
Various, Birmingham
Produced by: 
Trevor Pitt with support from Sound and Music

Fluid Festival

Fluid is a three-day festival that will present a diverse programme of newly composed music by Queer composers alongside a programme of talks, workshops and social activity across four venues Birmingham.

Upcoming Event Details 

23-24th September, Various Locations, Birmingham

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Fluid is a two-day festival across five venues that presents new music by Queer composers and musicians that spans genres from classical music to electronic to punk. Over the weekend it travels from Birmingham Town Hall to art soaces in Digbeth to a marquee in the Gay Village. The festival kicks off with Fluid Conversation at Birmingham Town Hall for a reception for the artists who will talk about their work. It then moves to the artist quarter in Digbeth for performances that include international pianist and composer Rolf Hind who will lead ‘Gay Guerilla’ a rarely performed piece by African-American composer Juliuis Eastman. Hot from recent performance at Tate Britain, rising star Rebekah Ubuntu performs an Ableton set.

Composers from leading UK conservatoires and experimental electronic musicians perform the very best of new Queer sound and music at Fluid Festival at Minerva Works. Festival highlights include: the rarely performed piece Gay Guerilla by Julius Eastman led by international pianist Rolf Hind with Siwan Rhys; Mx World present their latest EP; Henry McPherson presents a special festival commission Savage Parade; composers Michael Wolters & Paul Norman perform new work Worries; multi-media artist Rebekah Ubuntu; digital saboteurs Repeator; composers and singers Yfat Soul Zisso, Daniel Vs The World & C N Lester and DJ and electronic composer Robin Buckley. Plus special guests Matmos perform live from their studio in Baltimore, USA.

At Birmingham Conservatoire Michael Wolters performs a new work ‘Worries’ with fellow composer Paul Norman. Darling of the London Queer Party Scene Mx World aka Poppy Tibbetts performs their latest EP. Composer and performer Henry McPherson from Royal Conservatoire of Scotalnd presents a special commission for the festival ‘Savage Parade’ with Finnish mezzo soprano Inkeri Kallio. Birmingham- based composer and singer Yfat Soul Zisso performs her recent composition based on a l letters between Vita Sackville-West and her lover Violet. And, favourites of the Post-Punk circuit Shopping headline the night. As well as the performances you can hang out the festival hub for performances, workshops and grab a drink and some merch, hosted by support network Unmuted and artist Olivia Sparrow.

On Sunday the festival moves to the marquee at Eden Bar for Fluid Brunch in the heart of the Gay Quarter for a free event that includes brunch and performances by new Queer talent.

Meet the Composer-Curator!

Trevor Pitt

Trevor Pitt is a Birmingham-based artist and independent curator who is Director of A3 Project Space, Digbeth. He has a track record of creating inventive, intelligent and collaborative projects in galleries and public contexts. He works in various formats including installation, music, performance, exhibitions and events. www.podprojects.org www.a3projectspace.org

Recent projects include:

  • ‘David und Ludwig’, development of an opera as part artist exchange between UK and Austria that explores the life of Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Composing, recording and performing as TREVA
    Producer and presenter of weekly radio programme ‘Sleeve Note Sessions’ that plays and discusses new music

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About Composer-Curator 

Composer-Curator is Sound and Music’s national new music touring programme. First launched in 2013, it supports entrepreneurial artists from a range of disciplines looking to create their own opportunities by curating their own events – tours, festivals and concert series – and thus celebrates a step of change in the world of live music touring. Composer-Curator not only creates a space for artists to produce new work; it enables them to hone their curational skills, generating a more sustainable form of practice that can positively impact the new music sector as a whole.


Upcoming event details

23-24th September, Various Locations, Birmingham

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Buy tickets here >> 

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