Soundings: Inspired by Mahler
Tuesday 11 – Friday 14 May 2010, 10.30am – 6pm
Two Evening Concerts
Wednesday 12 May, 7pm
Thursday 13 May, 7pm

Soundings, the ACF’s platform for contemporary music, presents a special tribute to Mahler on the 150th anniversary of his birth. This year’s composers have been invited to compose new works ‘inspired’ by Mahler. From Tuesday 11 – Friday 14 May 2010 composers and musicians will work on these and other scores in rehearsals open to the public and present them at two evening concerts.

In addition to the music Soundings also features round table discussions with distinguished personalities of the music world including Gillian Moore, Head of Contemporary Culture at the South Bank Centre; Clark Rundell, Director of Contemporary Music and Conducting at the RNCM and Artistic Director of Ensemble 10/10; and Matthias Lošek, the newly appointed Artistic Director of Wien Modern. These will take place on Tuesday 11 May, 3–5pm and Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 May, 4.30–6.30pm and will be chaired by critic and writer Annette Morreau.

This year’s Soundings composers are Gerhard Krammer, Elisabeth Harnik, Stephan Maria Karl from Austria and Emily Howard, Robert Fokkens and Ian Vine from the UK. Participating musicians include the Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan,violin; Robin Michael, cello; Mary Dullea, piano and curator), Rowland Sutherland (flute), Loré Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano), Patricia Rozario (soprano), Tom Lessels (clarinet), and Gerald Davidson (speaker).