Public seminar

New music: the burning questions

Sound and Music

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music in the UK. The mission is to maximise the opportunities for people to create and enjoy new music. The work of Sound and Music includes composer and artist development, partnerships with a range of organisations, audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education.


The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers. BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world.

THE PRS Foundation

PRS Music Foundation’s mission is to stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music throughout the UK and to ensure that this music is enjoyed by a wide audience.

Martin Q Larsson

Martin Q Larsson is a Swedish musician and composer of contemporary music. He is president of the Swedish Society of Composers since 2010 and president of the Council of Nordic Composers. Martin has studied composition in Stockholm, Uppsala and Amsterdam and has written music for all imaginable kinds of ensembles. He has also composed for film, theatre and dance. A musician he plays trumpet, flügelhorn, alto horn, and electronics.

Seminars series 28 - 30 September 2017. 
Southbank Centre / Sunley

A series of three seminars discussing the terms for the composers today in the UK and the Nordic countries, hosted by the Swedish Society of Composers (FST) in collaboration with three British music organizations: BASCA, Sound and Music and PRS Foundation.

The seminars are about different aspects of contemporary music today. The British music organisations Sound and Music, BASCA and PRS Foundation are invited for a talk, around different aspects of contemporary (art)music in general as well the terms for composing contemporary music today, moderated by Martin Q Larsson, Chairman of Swedish Society of Composers (FST).

Three seminars

Thursday 28 September, at 15:00-16:30 / with Sound and Music

Friday 29 September, at 14:30-16:00 / with BASCA

Saturday, 30 September, at 15:00-16:30 / with PRS Foundation

Martin Q Larsson, photo Melker Dahlstrand

Each of the three seminars presents keynote speakers from the British organisations, as well as other invited guests participating in panel discussions, for example composers from the British and Nordic countries as well as journalists and other, in contemporary music, initiated persons. Moderator for all three seminars is Martin Q Larsson, composer and chairman of the Swedish Society of Composers

The seminars are addressing the different subjects, from the Nordic perspectives as well as UK perspectives, for example:

  • How do we reach an audience with contemporary music?
  • Who is the audience today?
  • Who composes contemporary music today?
  • What trends or tendencies are in the contemporary music today?
  • Is it possible to make a living on composing contemporary music today?