new and experimental music.
It is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music with a repertoire of cutting-edge jazz, orchestral, choral and electroacoustic performances, along with film, dance and music theatre. Guest composers who have appeared at the festival include John Cage, Brian Eno, Rebecca Saunders, Steve Reich and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Over the past 38 years the festival has introduced live and radio audiences to a whole range of cutting edge music and events. There have been 381 world premieres and 813 UK premieres with more planned for future years.
It aims to make new music accessible, and includes a year round learning and participation program that plays a vital role in forging and developing relationships with a wide variety of local communities, and seeks to break down barriers and perceptions surrounding new music.
Sound and Music’s Chief Executive, Susanna Eastburn, used to be its Artistic Director.
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