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.

BASCA

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 artistic director of the Nordic Music Days. Martin has written music for all imaginable kinds of ensembles. He has also composed for film, theatre and dance. As musician he plays trumpet, flügelhorn, alto horn, and electronics.

Seminar series 28 – 30 September 2017. 
Southbank Centre | Level 3 Function Room 

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, artistic director of Nordic Music Days and former chairman 2010 – 2017 of Swedish Society of Composers (FST).

Three seminars

Thursday 28 September, at 3.00-4.30 pm – with BASCA

Gender equality and diversity in music

Nordic Music Days and BASCA are delighted to be presenting the public seminar Gender Equality and Diversity in Music as part of three seminars running during the day discussing different aspects of contemporary music. The panel will be moderated by composer, musician and artistic director of Nordic Music Days 2017 Martin Q Larsson, who will be joined by a host of esteemed composers and academics:

Martin Q Larsson. Photo:  Melker Dahlstrand

  • Dr Christina Scharff is a Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at Kings College London, exploring gender, media and culture from an international perspective.
  • Nicola LeFanu has composed over a hundred works which have been widely played, broadcast and recorded. She has been commissioned by the BBC, by festivals in UK and beyond, and by leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists.
  • Aaron Cassidy is a composer, conductor, Professor of Composition and serves as Research Coordinator for Music and Music Technology at Huddersfield University. He is also on the Directorate of the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM).
  • Paula Wolfe is an academic, songwriter and author of ‘Women in The Studio: Creativity, Control and Gender in Popular Music Sound Production’.
  • Isabel Thomson works at the Swedish based performing arts organisation Musikverket, promoting a wide-ranging musical offering and funding collaborative music projects.
  • Karin Rehnqvist is an internationally renowned composer, Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) and founder of Female Association of Swedish Composers (KVAST)
Photo by Southbank Centre. Used with permission. 

Photo by Southbank Centre. Used with permission. 

 

Friday 29 September, at 2.30-4.30 pm - with Sound and Music

Doing it yourself – Artist-led
programming and curation

Nordic Music Days and Sound and Music are delighted to be presenting the public seminar Doing It Yourself – Artist-led programming and curation as part of three seminars running during the day discussing different aspects of contemporary music. You are invited to explore what having a DIY artist practice means and why such approaches are more important than ever. Facilitating this session is Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive of Sound and Music, and it will include lots of audience participation. The session is framed around a panel discussion bringing together Nordic and UK based artists including:

  •  Neil Luck is a composer and performer and director, based in London. 
  • Jørgen Karlstrøm is a Norwegian composer and producer, and President of the Society of Norwegian composers.
  • Shiva Feshareki is a British composer and turntable artist.
  • Maria Horn is a composer and drone artist, based in Stockholm.
  • Martin Q Larsson is a Swedish musician and composer of contemporary music, and Artistic director of Nordic Music Days 2017

Saturday, 30 September, at 3.00-4.30 pm - with PRS Foundation

Empowering composers to build
an international career

Nordic Music Days and PRS Foundation are delighted to be presenting the public seminar Empowering composers to build an international career as part of three seminars running during the day discussing different aspects of contemporary music. There are several ways for composers to reach out to an international audience, and ensembles all over the world. But do they really work? And which ones work best for which composers? The panel will be moderated by composer, musician and Artistic Director of Nordic Music Days 2017 Martin Q Larsson, who will be joined by a host of esteemed composers and academics. The panel will consist both of people with a mission to spread composers around the world, as well of composers being spread themselves.

  • Ellen Wettmark – Cultural attaché, Swedish embassy.
  • Vanessa Reed – CEO PRS Foundation.
  • Graham McKenzie – Artistic Director Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
  • Chris Butler –  Head of Publishing and Rights, Music Sales UK.
  • Claudia Molitor – British composer.
  • Kristian Blak – Faroeish composer.
  • Osmo Tapio Räihälä – Finnish composer.

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 artistic director of Nordic Music Days.

The seminars are addressing the different subjects, from the Nordic perspectives as well as UK perspectives.