Open Engagement

Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 May 2012
Austrian Cultural Forum London

Two evening concerts
Wednesday 9 May, 7pm
Thursday 10 May, 7pm

Panel discussion
Thursday 10 May, 5 pm

Soundings is a unique platform for contemporary music presenting and profiling young composers and musicians from the UK and Austria in workshops, discussions and concerts. Now into its 9th year, Soundings is a key event in the UK’s music calendar, offering a rare opportunity to meet some of today’s leading composers, watch them at work and hear the latest compositions, performed by some of the finest young musicians of today.

This year’s Soundings brings together six new faces: Austrian composers Johannes Berauer, Manuela Kerer and Thomas Wally and UK representatives Charlotte Bray, Gavin Higgins and Luke Styles. Their works will be rehearsed in workshops open to the public and performed in two evening concerts by musicians including the renowned Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, violin; Robin Michael, cello; Mary Dullea, piano and curator), soprano Rhona McKail, Austrian clarinettist, Sabine Zwick and Austrian flautist Thomas Frey.

A new initiative, ‘Soundings Academy’, will give young performers an opportunity to participate in the platform. A panel discussion explores ways of learning, studying, teaching as well as promoting new music with, among others, Judith Serota (former Executive Director of Spitalfields Festival), Guy Dammann (music critic for The Guardian and lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Alasdair Nicolson (composer and artistic director of St Magnus International Festival 2012).