This admirable undertaking promotes the exchanges between young composers from the two countries, and Ireland, too.
Paul Driver (Sunday Times)

Soundings, initiated in 2004 by the Austrian Cultural Forum London, presents and profiles young composers and performers from Austria and the United Kingdom in workshops, symposia and concerts. It provides composers and musicians with a unique opportunity to get to know each other and each other’s work. Each and every year has inspired and created many exciting artist collaborations, projects and commissions many of which are ongoing.

Soundings takes place twice a year in London, a week in May at the Austrian Cultural Forum London and again in a major London concert venue in the Autumn.

It offers a rare opportunity to meet some of today’s leading composers from Austria and the UK, watch them at work and hear their latest compositions - many receiving their UK premiere - performed by some of the finest young musicians.

Soundings allows an in-depth examination into the latest trends in contemporary music. It contrasts the current stylistic developments in Austria and the UK and is a “must” for all those interested in new music and performance.

With multiple premières, collaborations and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and profiles on Austrian ORF television, Soundings has travelled in concert already to Vienna and Venice with forthcoming performances in Venice, Bayreuth (Germany) and Oslip Mühle (Austria)


The Austrian Cultural Forum in London promotes cultural contacts between the UK and Austria by organising events and supporting artists and projects in the fields of music, performing arts, literature, film and visual arts as well as through academic, symposia and public discussion. We provide a venue in central London for recitals, lectures, conferences and exhibitions.

Events listings are published in a newsletter and on the website www.acflondon.org

Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ
Tel. +44 (0)20 7225 7300

For press inquiries please contact
Vanessa Fewster, press@acflondon.org


Soundings Team

Project Manager: Andrea Rauter
Curator: Mary Dullea
Public Relations: Vanessa Fewster (press@acflondon.org)
Design: Polimekanos

Assistants: Sabine Paukner, Laura Mittermayr