Alexander Kolassa selected to curate new digital exhibition on Northern music

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We are delighted to announce that  Alexander Kolassa has been selected to curate the next digital exhibition for the Google Cultural insitute, inspired by the records held in the British Music Collection

Alexander  - a composer, conductor, teacher and academic based in Nottingham - has chosen to investigate the history of the Northern music in the archive, and will dig down amongst records to see what about the area's history and politics has inspired local composers. 

 Alexander Kolassa said: 

I’m really excited to get inside the BMC archive. It’s an impressive resource and I really hope to get the chance to bring people’s attention to—and draw connections between—artists and regions that people might not be aware of. 


Alexander's project: In his own words  

My exhibition hopes to explore and celebrate contemporary and experimental music in the context of the English industrial North and it’s working-class. The region has its own unique culture (musical and otherwise) and I think an investigation into how its character has been evoked in, interacted with, or existed alongside, contemporary music over the past 50 years would be valuable, and has otherwise not been fully explored.

Part of this project will be historical and revisionist in nature: reappraising the contribution of the country’s north to contemporary music. I want to do more than highlight provincial music-making though; in what ways have the politics, architecture, lifestyles and geography (physical and social) of the region inspired composers to create something new? And how have people from ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds such as this come to set the artistic agendas to which we respond today?

Find out more about Alexander Kolassa here: Website // Twitter // Soundcloud


Previous Google Cultual Insitute Exhibitions include: 


The British Music Collection

The British Music Collection is a remarkable resource consisting of over 60, 000 scores and recordings from 20th/21st century composers as well as countless correspondences, books, photos, newspaper articles and miscellany. Based at the University of Huddersfield, it is made accessible worldwide via an online interface that has recently been redesigned and refreshed, making it easier to use, discover and share findings and profiles. 

Regular ‘Spotlight’ articles, curated by the new music community, bring the archive to life, pulling out the stories and voices locked within.  

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