ISCM World Music Days Shortlist Announcement

Collage of Selected Composer Headshots
Shortlisted Composers
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The International Society for Contemporary Music in partnership with Sound and Music

The ISCM's 2019 World Music Days Festival is taking place in Estonia! The shortlist for the British Section's composer candidates has now been announced...

A huge well done to all who applied to the British Section for 2019's World Music Days Festival. It was a tough call, but we can now finally announce our British shortlist of composers.

Cameron Graham - Thrift & Shambled Nuance

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Cameron is a composer writing for instruments, hand-made instruments, crooked media and devices. His music confronts problems around the potency of materials, ethnography and the different ways to accentuate immediacy between the creation and reception of music. Projects have been created for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Sinfonietta, the Tzlil Meudcan Festival, Cadogan Hall London, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Ircam), amongst others. Upcoming projects in 2018 include new works for the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (September), the XY Ensemble (London), Ensemble Lucilin (November) and a 70-minute work for object instruments, club lighting, haze and solo brass in 2019. He is an associate lecturer at the University of Surrey, teaching studio composition. He studied at Brunel University (1st Class.) and at the Royal College of Music with Harris Kittos (Distinction). He begins an AHRC PhD studentship between Southampton and Bath Spa in 2018/19.

Lillie Harris - remiscipate

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Lillie graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2016, winning the Elgar Memorial Prize for her final portfolio. Musical from a young age, her interest in composing grew out of learning various instruments, a flair for languages, and a love of creative writing; words, narrative ideas, and complex emotions are still a huge source of musical inspiration for her. Her pieces have been workshopped and performed by ensembles including Psappha, the Gaudier Ensemble, and Ensemble Recherche, and in 2015-16 she was selected for the first RSNO Composers Hub, from which her orchestral work ‘remiscipate’ was chosen to be performed in their Season Finale concerts. In 2017-18 she was selected for both the LSO Soundhub scheme and LPO Young Composers Programme. Her song cycle setting poems by August Stramm led to her being awarded the Tenso Young Composers Award 2017.

Oliver Leith - 664 Love songs guaranteed to cure heartache

Oliver Leith

Oliver (b.1990) is a London based composer making acoustic music, electronic music and video. He was the recipient of a British Composer Award in 2016 and of the Royal Philharmonic Composition prize 2014. His work focuses on text, video, theatre and tangible human themes. Music and videos have been commissioned and performed by the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera North Orchestra, plus-minus ensemble, the Ives ensemble, John Harle, Loré Lixenberg, Matthew Herbert, Explorensemble, KSQ and Exaudi. The music has been heard at places such as Festival D’Aix-en-Provence, Tanglewood Music Festival, The Barbican, Milton Court, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Festival Hall, St. Lukes, St. John Smith’s Square, St Martin-in-the-fields and The Horniman. Visual art collaborations are exhibited at The Museum of Western Australia and recorded music played on BBC Radio 3 and NTS radio.

Alex Groves - Curved Form (No. 11)

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Alex Groves is a London-based composer working across both acoustic and electronic composition. He has been commissioned by Sky Arts, English Touring Opera, National Opera Studio, Handel & Hendrix in London, V&A, Royal Opera House & Union Chapel, and supported by Spitalfelds Music, Bristol Old Vic, Ovalhouse & Snape Maltings. He is Composer-in-Residence at Handel & Hendrix in London, an Open Space artist at Snape Maltings and a LSO Soundhub Associate. Alongside composing, he curates SOLO - a performer-focussed concert series showcasing solo works - and devises music theatre shows with Hanbury & Groves and ERRATICA.

Claudia Molitor - Auricularis Superior

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Claudia Molitor is a composer/artist whose work draws on traditions of music and sound art but also extends to video, performance and fine art practices. Exploring the relationships between listening and seeing as well as embracing collaboration as compositional practice is central to this work. Recent work includes Sonorama with Electra Productions, Turner Contemporary and the British Library, which received a British Composer Award in 2016, Vast White Stillness for Spitalfields Festival and Brighton Festival, The Singing Bridge, installed at Somerset House and Waterloo Bridge during Totally Thames festival and Walking with Partch for Ensemble MusikFabric at hcmf//.

Michael Betteridge - The Sunday Boys

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Described as ‘inventive’ (The Financial Times) and ‘hip and edgy’ (The Independent) Michael Betteridge is a composer with an interest in creating work that challenges and inspires audiences and performers alike. His work has been performed by and commissioned by London Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, soprano Sarah Leonard, Violinist Nicola Benedetti, amongst others, as well as having been performed on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Recent large works include: the Anglo-Icelandic Twitter opera #echochamber that premiered in Reykjavik in May 2018 before embarking on a UK tour; a 15 minute collection of new choral songs for male voices and piano with words by poet Andrew McMillan; and a 50 minute song cycle for young voices titled Do you see? Do your hear? commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) alongside the Royal Society of the Arts.

The decision of the ISCM jury and selection of work(s) that will be
attending World Music Days 2019 will be announced in early 2019.

See past selected works from the British Section of ISCM >>


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