News: Meet the latest Portfolio artists!

Collage image of Tom Lawrence, Eleanor Cully and Julian Brooks
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Sound and Music in partnership with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Heritage Quay

Portfolio - Music for Young Players

Meet the artists!

Congratulations to Tom Lawrence, Julian Brooks, and Eleanor Cully who have been selceted to take part in a new project with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Heritage Quay using archival scores from the British Music Collection! 

The three composers will take inspiration from a set of scores from the 1960s and 1970s called “Music for Young Players, found in the British Music Collection housed in Heritage Quay's state-of-the-art archive centre in Huddersfield, and use them as a starting point for musical exploration and composition in two local primary schools.

Published by Universal Edition and intended for classroom use, these scores aimed to encourage experimental approaches and connections to the new music of the time. These were designed to be accessible to both children with, or without, previous music experience - something that continues to be an important feature of much participatory music today.

The composers will work with children to create a realisation of these scores and make
original, collaboratively composed companion pieces during the autumn of
2017 which will be performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2017.

Tom Lawrence, composer, said: "I am really looking forward to working with Sound and Music and this project in particular. I think we can create some exciting new music and perhaps inspire a few composers of the future."

Julian Brooks, composer, said: " The whole thing means a lot. Making music is for me both simple fun and fiendishly fraught - dragging heart and head along in a never-ending process through constant negotiation with the world at large. Sound and Music get this. Just check out the people involved: they are us and we are them. With such depths of available material, and open opportunities for our participation, there can only be two answers to the wealth of vital questions posed ... more sound, more music. I am so up for this, come on, let's go."

Duncan Chapman, composer and workshop leader, who will be mentoring the composers through the project, was inspired by the collection of scores to form a basis for a creative project.  Her said

“These scores from the 1960’s and 70’s encapsulate an approach to creative music in school that places the creation of new music at the heart of education practice. They were made by some of the most interesting composers of the time and demonstrate a desire to make composition accessible, innovative and inspiring, things that we are in danger of losing today.”

Find out more about the Music for Young Players scores in Duncan's online exhibition here.

Meet the composers

Tom Lawrence

Tom Lawrence sitting at a piano

Tom Lawrence is a composer, educator and percussionist based in Yorkshire where he works as a peripatetic music teacher for the Hull Music Service. He is particularly interested in music education and helping young people to engage with contemporary music. He has composed extensively for young musicians as well as teaching composition in both primary and secondary schools and leading collaborative composition projects. He has also co-ordinated composition events for the Hull Music Service including delivering training for primary teachers.

Tom began his studies at Goldsmith's College with Ross Lorraine and Roger Redgate, then completed a Master's degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Malcolm Singer and  a PhD in Composition at Brunel University, working with Peter Wiegold and Richard Barrett among others.

Tom's music has been performed by groups such as the Rout ensemble and the Kreutzer Quartet, as well as youth ensembles such as Hounslow Youth Orchestra and the City of Hull Youth Orchestra. In 2017 he was commissioned by the Hull Music Hub to compose a piece for 650 young musicians to be performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the National Schools Proms.


Julian Brooks

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Julian Brooks is a composer, coder, sound artist and performer. Initially playing bass in bands and working as a teenage session musician, through exposure to electronic dance music and rave culture he spent a decade in Manchester within the ‘underground’ music community: as recording artist, sound engineer, remixer, producer, programmer and label manager for a successful independent recording label. A growing interest and desire for involvement in contemporary music led to academia, where he organised MMU’s Experimental Music and New Music Ensembles as a Sonic Arts undergraduate. He recently completed a composition PhD at Huddersfield where he was sole digital performer in edges ensemble and a founder member of the laptop ensemble HELOpg, writing text score works becoming more widely performed. A proponent of Free Libre Open Source Software praxis, with all his material freely available online, he recently founded the Pure Data Patching Circle in Hebden Bridge.



Eleanor Cully

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Eleanor Cully is an artist based in Huddersfield. She composes pieces for instruments and ensembles, installations in spaces and galleries and performs her own work as a soloist. She has recently released a limited edition tape with artist Sarah Boulton, titled Bathroom Showroom, on her label Nun of None Fruit, 1st June 2017.




About The British Music Collection: 

The British Music Collection consists of an online element, and an offline, physical element:

  • The British Music Collection Online: A discovery platform for new music in the UK. It grows all the time as more and more composers contribute their work, and as a diverse group of curators weave its content together in unique and original ways.
  • The British Music Collection physical archive – a publically accessible collection of over 40,000 scores, 21,000 recordings and other artefacts including books, programme notes and photographs housed at state-of-the-art archive centre Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield. The British Music Collection celebrates its 50th Anniversary in November 2017.

About Heritage Quay:

Heritage Quay is the official archive for the University of Huddersfield, acting as the guardian of the archives of other organisations, families and individuals dating back over 200 years – including the British Music Collection. Their 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of archives, both digital and physical, to preserve them for generations to come, making them as accessible and available as possible.During 2012-2017 £2 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund alongside funding from the University of Huddersfield has been invested in transforming the archives. 

About Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival:

hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need.
hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and unique artistic experiences to as wide an audience as possible; to be an international platform for new music and related contemporary art forms in Britain; to enthuse existing audiences and draw in new ones through adventurous programming and informed, stylish presentation, and to be an active cultural partner within the region.

About Portfolio

Aimed at talented composers at an early stage in their career, Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music.

Funded by Esmee Fairbairn and PRS for Music Foundation.


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