News: Two composers chosen for World Music Days!

harlotte Bray and Michael Taplin

World Music Days - Vancouver 2017

Congratulations to Charlotte Bray and Michael Taplin - Britain's representatives for this years World Music Days festival in Canada! 

The event, run by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), is an annual international showcase of new music from around the globe, attended by international delegates as well as producers, programmers and composers.

Both composers will travel to the festival later this year, where their pieces will be performed as part of a two-day lineup of contemporary music from over 50 participating countries. 

You can find out more about the full shortlist here

Meet the composers

Charlotte Bray

Charlotte Bray (ISCM Composer) sitting at piano

An outstanding talent of her generation, the composer Charlotte Bray studied under Mark Anthony Turnage and Joe Cutler. Her associations include the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and her work has featured at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Tanglewood, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier. Sir Mark Elder, Jessica Cottis and Daniel Harding are among the renowned conductors who have performed her work.Collaborating with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on two occasions in 2016, Stone Dancer premiered at Aldeburgh Festival under Oliver Knussen; and her cello concerto Falling in the Fire under Sakari Oramo with Guy Johnston in the BBC Proms. Exploring the work of the late Tim Hetherington, a renowned photo journalist, the latter is motivated by the composer's endeavour to comprehend war and its impact in our world today.At the Speed of Stillness, Charlotte’s debut recording on NMC Records, was released in October 2014. 

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Submission Title: At the Speed of Stillness

"Dedicated to Mark-Anthony Turnage, At The Speed of Stillness derives part of its inspiration in a surrealist poem by Dora Maar, 'I rested in the arms of my arms’. The energy, sense of endless movement and of exhaustion encapsulated in the poem permeates the music. Important also is the play with paradoxical ideas- the contrary notion that something moving quicker than the human eye is able to detect can appear to be motionless or still."

"I’m thrilled about the opportunity to have my music heard in Canada and look forward to being involved in the Festival, to hearing new music and meeting new composers there."

Michael Taplin

Michael Taplin (ISCM composer)

Born in 1991 and raised in London, Michael Taplin has been actively involved in writing music from an early age and studied privately with Dai Fujikura with a grant from the Talbot House Trust. In 2009, Michael accepted a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Scholarship where he studied with Paul Newland. Michael’s music has been performed by groups such as the Gemini Ensemble, The Composers Ensemble, the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Ose! Orchestre Symphonique, the Philharmonia and the London Symphony Orchestra.  Michael recently completed his Masters of Composition with Distinction at the Royal College of Music in London with Jonathan Cole and Simon Holt. Michael is the recipient of the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Composer Prize.

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Submission Title: Lambent Fires

Lambent Fires is a frenetic, brightly coloured, virtuosic showpiece for eight players. Lambent, (meaning glowing, gleaming, flickering light or fire) originates from the Latin verb lambere.  One of my main aims whilst composing the piece was to create an overall sense of revealing in the structure of the music. All the textures and harmonies in the work are created from one central line. The clearest and most direct statement of the Cantus Firmus is not stated overtly until the very end. However, even this momentary glimpse of the musical core essence becomes very quickly shrouded in a climatic inferno. 

"I am delighted that Lambent Fires, originally commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, has been selected by the members of ISCM World Music Days for performance at this year's festival in Vancouver. It is a rare treat to hear a work performed for the second time and I very much look forward to hearing Lambent Fires again with the Aventa Ensemble in November along with all the other pieces selected from around the world."

Listen to Lambent Fires here


About World Music Days Festival

The prestigious annual ISCM World Music Days Festival is the "principle vehicle" through which the organisation pursues its mission, which can be described as a "platform for musical exchange and a showcase of world contemporary music without prejudice or bias on differences in musical expressions, styles, genres or media". It is organised and funded by the member Sections (countries) each year, and acts as a meeting place for organisations, performers and composers from around the world.

The member countries of the ISCM each take turns in hosting the festival. Recent festivals have taken place in Hong Kong, Lithuania, Sweden, Australia, Croatia and Belgium (for a list of past events, please visit the ISCM's World Music Days webpage).

The festival takes places in consecutive days, however, 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 festival strives to represent all legitimate members of the ISCM in one way or another through the activities of its programmes, such as: performances, seminars, exhibitions, etc.

To constitute the music for the event, one composer from each member country has the opportunity to have their work performed, after applying via their countries' Section and being selected from a shortlist by the Associate Members' panel. The selected composer also has the opportunity to attend accompanied by one of the countries' Associate Members.

The Section for Britain is Sound and Music, thus all applications for the festival must be submitted within.

The festival also provides an opportunity for the ISCM members to meet in their annual congress, to discuss issues affecting the organisation.

Charlotte Bray and Michael Taplin  are supported by the International Showcase Fund, which is run by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with Department for International Trade, British Underground, Arts Council England, PPL, Musicians’ Union, and Creative Scotland, in association with PledgeMusic.

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Charlotte Bray and Michael Taplin  are supported by the International Showcase Fund, which is run by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with Department for International Trade, British Underground, Arts Council England, PPL, Musicians’ Union, and Creative Scotland, in association with PledgeMusic.


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