Next Wave Showcase & Sounding Out

27th November 2014
Various at hcmf//
Produced by: 
Sound and Music / NMC / hcmf//

On Thursday 27 November, Sound and Music and hcmf// will showcase the works of the 12 Next Wave composers.

This Next Wave showcase will also be presented alongside key debates and discussions about how talented composers coming out of education can thrive, as part of Sound and Music's Sounding Out series on recording and distributing your work.

Buy your tickets on the hcmf// website and get the digital album of all 12 pieces released on NMC Recordings. 

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10am - 12 noon Sounding Out: Recording and distributing your work, Heritage Quay

Sound and Music’s Sounding Out series is a rolling programme of expert panel discussions, presentations and live examples providing insights into professional practice across new music and sound.

It is particularly aimed at emerging composers (working in any genre) but is also relevant to anybody interested in getting the inside track on the skills and knowledge composers need to thrive professionally.Sounding Out: Recording and distributing your work will be a morning of panel discussions and Q&A examining a breadth of approaches to recording new music and distributing it to audiences. 

This morning’s discussion, chaired by Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive of Sound and Music, will include panellists Anne Rushton (Executive Director of NMC Recordings), Simon Reynell (Another Timbre) and artists Ryoko Akama and Shaun Blezard to discuss the ins and outs of documenting and distributing work, including DIY approaches to recording, filming and other media.

Please see below for panellists' biographies.


1.40 - 4.50pm  Sounding Out 1:1 FREE expert surgery sessions 

Once you've bought your ticket on the hcmf// website, you can sign up for FREE 1:1 surgery sessions with:

  • Ryoko Akama: starting out with your own label
  • Shaun Blezard: DIY approaches to online promotion and distribution 
  • Simon Reynell (Another Timbre): the process of recording contemporary music
  • Eleanor Wilson (NMC): record labels, rights and promotion
  • Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

1.30, 2 and 2.30pm Free tours of the British Music Collection

Housed in the new archive centre at Heritage Quay is the British Music Collection. Heritage Quay staff are offering exclusive tours into the archive centre to view The Collection alongside other collections including the Rugby League. These three tours are free but offered on a first-come, first-served basis for small groups. 

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The hcmf// showcase of Next Wave composers will span across three concerts on Thursday 27th November. For more information on the composers and the Next Wave programme, please visit here


12.30pm Next Wave: Concert 1, St Paul's Hall

London Sinfonietta // Sound Intermedia // Garry Walker conductor // Lore Lixenberg mezzo soprano // Pete Smith tuba //Sarah Nicolls inside-out piano

  • Eugene Birman The winter desert of my silences
  • Michael Cutting I AM A STRANGE LOOP III
  • Ben Gaunt Filling Rubin's Vase
  • Paul McGuire Panels
  • Georgia Rodgers partial filter

3pm Next Wave: Concert 2, Phipps Hall 

Sounds of the Engine House // James Whittle conductor // Lore Lixenberg mezzo-soprano

  • Barnaby Hollington Two Sketches
  • Edwin Hillier astragalois
  • Ji Sun Yang KAIROI
  • Oliver Christophe Leith basis point

  • 5pm Next Wave: Concert 3, Phipps Hall

ACM Ensemble // Jack Sheen conductor // Lore Lixenberg mezzo-soprano // Sarah Nicolls piano

  • Ryan Latimer Divertimento
  • Maya Verlaak All Verlaak's Music is Alouette
  • Weiwei Jin Sterna Paradiaea, Returning...

Tickets for the Sounding Out and Next Wave Showcase can be purchased on hcmf// website, and cost £12 (£10 concession; £8 online) including the digital album of all 12 pieces released on NMC Recordings.


Biographies for Sounding Out panel discussion and 1:1 surgery sessions: 


Ryoko Akama: starting out with your own label

Sound artist and composer, Ryoko Akama, is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Huddersfield with Monty Adkins and Phillip Thomas, where she co-organises HudHack (DIY electronics workshop) and re.sound (concert series). She approaches the aesthetics of silence, time/space in her compositions which often use written texts. Akama also explores sound performance with old synthesisers and produce installations with small objects and electronics. Akama pursues the quality of minimal, reductive and abstract sonic experiences. She runs melange edition label and co-edits Reductive Journal. / 



Shaun Blezard: DIY approaches to online promotion and distribution 

Shaun Blezard is a composer and improviser working with digital technology. Currently his interest lies in smart technology and his playing is based around an iPhone and iPad. Touch screen technology, accelerometers and wireless technology are opening up so many avenues of exploration in music and it is becoming much more like playing a traditional instrument.Shaun has been working with digital/electronic music for 20 years, starting with basic samplers in the 90’s, through various versions of laptop set ups, fx boards and current smart technology. Starting in the world of ambient dance, he has evolved into a skilled electronic musician, playing a range of styles from sound art installations to full on free improv, pushing for new ways of expression working with new technologies and how they integrate with traditional instrumentation.



Simon Reynell (Another Timbre): the process of recording contemporary music

Simon Reynell earns his living as a sound recordist in television, but spends most of his time running and curating Another Timbre, a CD label that focuses on the particular corners of contemporary music that he likes best. Though untrained musically and self-taught as a recordist, he now has 10 years experience recording and promoting experimental music. He is not bothered about becoming rich.




Anne Rushton (NMC Recordings)

Anne Rushton graduated from Cardiff University with a BMus, including contemporary performance, and worked at the Royal Opera House before running the independent label Collins Classics, where she championed the recording of contemporary music.  Since 2003 she has been executive Director of NMC Recordings the leading charity devoted to the promotion through recording of contemporary British classical music.  Anne oversees all aspects of the organisation and has a wide experience across artistic planning, distribution, finance, marketing, rights & contracts and fundraising.



Eleanor Wilson (NMC): record labels, rights and promotion

Eleanor Wilson is Sales & Marketing Manager at NMC Recordings and has worked in the classical recording industry for 16 years. She oversees all marketing, promotion, distribution and audience development for the label and project-managed the design and re-build of its website with innovative Music Map (voted no.1 best classical website by Classical Music Magazine). A member of the BPI Classical Committee, Eleanor is a regular guest speaker at industry seminars and universities. She is also violinist in the band Revere, whose latest album is released on V2.


For further information, please contact Natalia Franklin Pierce, Administrator at Sound and Music, on 

hcmf// 27 November 2014

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online) including the digital album of all 12 pieces released on NMC Recordings

Once you've got your hcmf// ticket you can sign up for our free 1:1 surgery sessions 

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