ISCM - British Section Shortlist Announced!

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World Music Days 2016 - Tongyeong

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.

World Music Days 2016 Tongyeong 

British Section Shortlist

Claire McCue Beauty and the Beastie

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Claire McCue is a classically trained contemporary composer, collaborator and music educator based in Glasgow. She graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters in Composition, with distinction, and several prizes.

Claire McCue's music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed across the UK, as well as in Hungary and USA. Earlier in 2015 she won the Cottier’s Chamber Music Festival composition competition, resulting in several performances by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra chamber ensemble.

Claire also enjoys collaborative work and working with other artforms including dance, visual art and short film, with recent performances at Olympic park, London, Lilian Bayliss studios (Sadlers Wells), Tramway, Glasgow, and the Edinburgh Fringe. 

  1. Lawrence Dunn  All and said carefully  

  2. Lawrence Dunn is a composer, pianist, percussionist, improviser, and teacher and writer on music. He was educated at Trinity College of Music and at Cambridge University, where he graduated with a double starred-first. In 2009 he was the winner of the BBC/Guardian Young Composers Competition.

Category 9. Solo instrument / mixed media (max. 10 mins)

Lawrence Dunn has been workshopped and performed by the Aurora Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has created installations at the Whipple Museum of Science,Cambridge, and has worked with a wide range of performers as a composer and performer himself, including Oliver Coates, Patrick Farmer, Dominic Lash, Michael Bonaventure, etc. He has given papers at a number of conferences and has written for the journal Tempo and the Believer magazine. In 2015 he begins a PhD in composition at the University of Huddersfield, with Bryn Harrison and Philip Thomas. He continues to teach classroom music and musicianship, and spends the rest of his time baking.


  1. Luke Nickel Kyrie

    Category 5. Mixed choir (max. 10 mins)

    Luke Nickel is an award winning interdisciplinary artist and researcher currently undertaking a PhD at Bath Spa University. His work, which began in the field of music composition, now investigates notions of notation, reperformance, loss of fidelity, and memory.


Luke Nickel Kyrie has worked with ensembles and organizations such as EXAUDI, the Bozzini Quartet, the Arnoflini Gallery, G39 Gallery, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He also codirects the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

Matthew Herbert 20 Pianos

Category 9. Solo instrument / mixed media (max. 10 mins)

Matthew Herbert is a prolific and accomplished musician, artist and writer whose range of works extends from numerous albums to Ivor Novello nominated film scores as well as music for Broadway, TV, games and radio. He has performed all round the world from the Sydney opera house, to the Hollywood Bowl and created installations, plays and opera.

Matthew Herbert has remixed iconic artists including Quincy Jones, Serge Gainsbourg, and Ennio Morricone but is most known for working with sound, turning ordinary or so called found sound in to electronic music. His most celebrated work ONE PIG followed the life of a pig from birth to plate and beyond. He is relaunching an online Museum of Sound and is Creative Director of the new Radiophonic Workshop. His debut play as a writer/director opened at the national theatre in 2013 as well as a new opera for the royal opera house in 2014.

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.

Thomas McConville how to be a human being

Category 11: Installations

Thomas McConville is an Irish composer and sound artist, working in the field of acoustic and electro-acoustic composition.  His works have been performed internationally as part of various gallery installations, festivals and concert hall performances, receiving wide acclaim.

Under the pseudonym alice, McConville has released his compositions through the celebrated label, Schematic records, gaining support from BBC Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric, Radio France and electronic music duo Plaid (Warp Records), among others.Studying composition at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, McConville obtained a 1st class honours BA degree in Applied Music. He has since been commissioned by the City of Culture celebrations, and broadcast as part of Warp Records 25th Anniversary Essential Mix.

"Irish electronica maestro"  - Skirmish
"Powerful" – Christian Zanési

The full programme for ISCM WMD 2016 will be announced in late October. 

About the International Society for Contemporary Music

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. ISCM has had a distinguished history. From its foundation in Salzburg in 1922, receptiveness to aesthetic and stylistic diversity has been a characteristic of the society. Today, more than ever, with the incredible diversity which exists in contemporary musical expression around the world, this ideal is still strongly supported by ISCM members.

Each year, ISCM presents the World Music Days Festival, hosted by one of the ISCM's members, which provides a feast of contemporary music across a broad range of practice. The host nation has some flexibility in determining the individual themes that drive the programming of the festival, either presenting a showcase of activity from around the world, or applying other criteria for the selection and programming of works. The ISCM World Music Days Festival also provides an opportunity for the ISCM members to meet in their annual congress, to discuss issues affecting society for contemporary music.

For further information about the International Society for Contemporary Music, please see  

ISCM British Section Panel Members

  1. Mark Bowden (Chair)
  2. Felix Carey
  3. Susanna Eastburn 
  4. Natalia Franklin Pierce (Administrator)
  5. Emily Hall 
  6. Lore Lixenberg
  7. Annie Mahtani
  8. Stephen Newbould
  9. Vanessa Reed
  10. Pierre Alexandre Tremblay
  11. Richard Whitelaw

If you would like to get in touch, please e-mail the Administrator at or ring 0207 759 1800.


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