We are thrilled to announce the return of the popular contemporary music platform Soundings!
Join us in welcoming young composers and musicians from Austria and the UK for a week of creative collaborations, exchanges and performances! Featuring two evening concerts on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November, open rehearsals, composer portrait sessions and a panel discussion, where we will examine questions of equality and diversity in classical and contemporary music.
This year’s Soundings will feature six exciting talents: Austrian composers Hannah Eisendle, Daniel Oliver Moser, and Roozbeh Nafisi, and UK representatives Litha Efthymiou, Bushra El-Turk and Robin Haigh.
Their works will be rehearsed in workshops open to the public and performed in two evening concerts by the musicians Darragh Morgan (violin), Louise McMonagle (cello), Mary Dullea (piano), Richard Jones (viola), Julian Warburton (percussion), Byron Fulcher (trombone), Sirius Chau (flute), Dave Larkin (violin) and Max Welford (clarinet).
A highlight of this year’s programme will be the world premiere of Hannah Eisendle’s new work – grey –, exclusively written for the ACF’s 65th anniversary in 2021.
Moreover, there will be dedicated Composer Portrait sessions (2 & 3 November, 15:30 – 17:30) with Shirley J. Thompson, an award-winning composer, academic and cultural activist. Thompson will discuss and unravel with the participating composers, trends in their recent work as well as the works to be performed in the two concerts. She will also introduce both evening concerts with insights from the week’s discussions.
We will also host a panel discussion (3 November, 17:45 – 18:30) with Gabriella Di Laccio (soprano & equality activist), Shirley J. Thompson (composer, academic & cultural activist), Alex Groves (composer, curator & producer), Mary Dullea (curator & pianist) and Waltraud Dennhardt-Herzog (Director, Austrian Cultural Forum London), examining questions of equality and diversity in classical and contemporary music.
Soundings is curated by pianist Mary Dullea.
Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to gain insight into the world of contemporary classical music from some of the most exciting and celebrated Austrian and UK composers!
Full program, more information and ticket bookings are available on our website.
Entry is free but spaces are limited so please book on our website in advance.
**Booking tickets is only required for the 7PM concerts. All other activities during the day are open to the public with no booking needed.**