New Voices 2019 Announced

New Voices Collage 2019

Sound and Music is excited to announce the eight composers and creative artists who will be our New Voices 2019.

New Voices is Sound and Music's major Artist Development programme, lasting 18 months with an annual intake.

Spanning a broad range of genres and practice, all eight New Voices want to make changes to, and effect development within, their work. We are hugely excited they have joined the programme and look forward to working alongside them on this next step in their creative practice. Read more about each of the artists below.

The New Voices 2019 are:

Sharon Gal

Read Sharon's Q&A here

 Sharon Gal

Sharon Gal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, vocalist, free improviser and composer.  Her work explores presence, listening, embodiment, and the relationship between people, sound and space.  

She performs solo and in collaborations with David Toop, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Charles Hayward, Lina Lapelyte, Andie Brown and Blanca Regina.

She directs site specific, participatory group compositions: L’esprit D’escalier for Voices in a staircase, Toy Orchestra & Room to Breathe with children/adults, Long Drone for mixed ensembles, Gals with Guitars with female players, Sound Out for M/Any Voices and Feel the Noise for guitars & micro amps.

Her music is released by many labels, with two solo releases last year: Delicious Fish & The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Performances include: V&A, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, MACBA, and Colour Out of Space, Borealis, Supernormal festivals.         


Emily Levy

Read Emily's Q&A here


 Emily Levy Music

 Emily Levy

Emily Levy is a British singer and composer with musical influences that range from medieval to classical, folk to jazz.  She works closely with the voice and sound design and is particularly interested in blurring boundaries between both stylistic genres and electro acoustic writing.

Recent Commissions: ‘The Rain is Coming’ a song cycle for Baritone Roderick Williams supported by PRSF, ACE, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and Sound and Music; Composer for Mary Beard’s ‘Amo Amas Amusical’, BBC R4; Presenter and composer for ‘A Mix Tape for Gus’, BBC R4.  Other ensemble work includes: ‘In Paradisum’for Marian Consort, ‘How Sweetly You Burn’ for Voice Trio, ‘Zoetroping’ for Thallein Ensemble, BOZAR Brussels, ‘Stuck Record’ for Project Instrumental. 

In 2018 Emily completed MMus Composition (Distinction) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied with Ed Bennett, Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton and Errollyn Wallen.  She is currently Composer in Residence with Streetwise Opera, 2018-19.


Jamie Hamilton

Read Jamie's Q&A here

 Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton is a composer, performer and technologist. He combines sound, multimedia, technology, words and acoustic phenomena to explore ways in which sound can be a vehicle for stories about technology and belief. When he works with others, he explores collaborative devising processes, in which sound acts as an organising device integrating other practices and mediums. 

Jamie’s work has been performed and created in many contexts, ranging from abandoned grain silos, warehouse parties to concert halls and opera houses.

He is a founding member of the performance art collective London Topophobia, and is curator and performer for Phaedra Ensemble.


Lisa Busby

Read Lisa's Q&A here

Lisa Busby is a Scottish composer, vocalist and improvisor based in London. Situated across experimental music, performance art, and pop culture, her practice often explores processes of making, and “availablism” and lo-fi intermediality, and sound in/of movement. Materially she is interested in fragments, fringes and collisions of song and noise; artefacts of pop and fan culture; entanglements with historical archives; experimental turntablism and expanded usage of playback, samples and loops; and everyday action as/in performative gesture.

Her work often manifests in sounding performance and performance video; explorations of everyday objects and found musical texts; non-standard scoring and notation approaches; “anti-production” techniques for electronics; and open improvisation for sound and body. She performs and composes with bands NFDJs and Rutger Hauser; has a long-standing sound and movement collaboration, ’Floor Scores’, with Gabriel Bohm Calles; and is a member of the art, education, and politics collective Common Study, at Somerset House Studios.

Max Syedtollan

Read Max's Q&A here




Mella Faye

Read Mella's Q&A here

 Pecho Mama

 Pecho Mama

 Pecho Mama

Mella Faye is a musician, actor and director. From 1999-2002 Mella toured extensively as Mella Faye & The Big Band. Between 2006-2012 she set up and ran The Hurly Burly Theatre Cafe, which toured major British arts festivals and more recently co-founded ARTBARS.

She also currently freelances as a director, musician, actor and voice over artist.

In 2016 Mella set up Pecho Mama, to begin creating work that fused her two
creative obsessions; theatre and music. Through this platform, Mella creates progressive, music driven performance that boldly experiments with form, and digs deep into the human condition.

The first Pecho Mama production, Medea Electronica, is currently touring internationally. 


Otto Willberg

Read Otto's Q&A here

 Otto Wilberg

Otto Willberg is a musician and double bass player involved in improvisation and other exploratory music. Otto is interested in those grey and unclear spots that hide beneath clear categorisation but involving different modes of both listening and performing, and continuously letting things shift and resist.

Otto is also interested in how small communities can function together to create micro-climates of culture and organisation, and exploring these models in musical and other ways. In 2017 Otto toured Japan with Sam Andreae, David Birchall and Mio Ebisu, which included a performance with Toshimaru Nakamura. In 2018, HTrio (Willberg/Mark Hanslip and Andrew Cheetham) toured the UK with trumpeter Nate Wooley. Other musicians Otto has recently worked with include Alex Ward, Hannah Marshall, Ashley Paul and Cath Roberts. 


Marv Radio 

Read Marv's Q&A here

 Marv Radio

 Marv Radio

 Marv Radio

 Marv Radio


Marv Radio is a groundbreaking musician and sonic scientist. He has been hacking his own voice to use as a tool for music, art and therapy for over fifteen years.

Marv is known for his out-of-this-world live music and theatre shows where he combines beatboxing, live looping, singing and rap to make high energy motivational hip hop.

He has performed at the O2, Underbelly, Glastonbury, The Barbican, Sadler's Wells and more.


Seed Award

Alongside the eight composers selected for New Voices, ten additional composers who were also shortlisted for the final stage of the selection process will be recipients of the first Sound and Music Seed Award. Designed as a targeted package of support, these artists will receive:

- A coaching session with an accredited Sound and Music coach

- £100 contribution to support the research and development of a particular project

The recipients of the 2019 Seed Award are:

Andre Borges           Ben Lunn

Olie Brice                  Daniel Potter (Warsnare)

Laura Campbell        Ana Quiroga

Cameron Dodds       Emmanuelle Waeckerle

Kassia Flux               Una Lee


Shortlisting Panel

Sound and Music would like to thank our New Voices panel for the work they put into the process of shortlisting 18 candidates from just under 200 applicants to the programme. The panel consisted of Sound and Music Co-Heads of Artist Development Hannah Bujic and Willl Dutta, alongside:

Denys Baptiste      

Kuljit Bhamra       

Emily Hall 

Elaine Mitchener    

Rose Dodd

Supported By

Sound and Music gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation as a Talent Development Partner:

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Sound and Music is funded by public funding from Arts Council England

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