ISCM Britain continues to be run through the Society for the Promotion of New Music (spnm) and continues to pursue the aims of the ISCM within Britain.
Since 2005, Rolf Hind (pianist and composer) is the chair of the section, and the rest of the panel is as follows: Julia Winterson (Publisher and Writer), Philip Tagney (Broadcaster), Deirdre Gribbin (Composer and Senior Fellow at Trinity College of Music), Judith Weir (Composer), Toby Smith (Head of Performance and Programming at Royal Northern College of Music), Ann McKay (Chief Producer, BBC SO), Adrian Thomas (Professor of Musicology, Cardiff University) and Abigail Pogson (Executive Director, spnm).
Out of this World aims to bring the best of World Music Days repertoire to Britain by giving our key festival and venue promoters access to materials about pieces which have been performed at the ISCM WMD each year. It is hoped that in providing this material we will be able to encourage performances of works from non-British composers by British performance groups. The project is due to re-launch in Autumn 2006.
Visiting Composer aims to bring an international composer to the UK to hold workshops and seminars at selected universities and conservatoires throughout the country. The project's objective is to give British music students the chance to explore the work of a composer from another country, discuss his experiences of the profession and receive feedback on their own work. For 2007 Alejandro Iglesias Rossi from Argentina has been invited as ISCM Visiting Composer.
ISCM-VICC Composer Residencies
So far ISCM Britain has sent two composers to the VICC, with support from the ISCM Central. Halyna Ovcharenko worked in the notation studio in September 2005, and Edward Jessen in the electronic studio in February 2006. In September 2006, Luke Fraser will be at the VICC in the grand piano studio.
Following the call for submissions for the WMD 2007 ISCM Britain held a reading of scores submitted from emerging composers on the spnm shortlist. A reading panel drawn from the ISCM Britain committee has chosen six of the most promising submissions by emerging composers to go forward.
The future of the ISCM
Since last year, the section has been engaged in its own discussions about the future of the ISCM - the purpose of the organisation in the twenty-first century, a viable structure of the organisation and especially the role of the British Section in it. ISCM Britain is looking forward to sharing its ideas and comments with other members during the WNMF 2006.
spnm continues its activity as a promoter of new music and supporter of emerging composers. Its work falls into four main categories: performance programmes, professional development schemes and opportunities for composers, an education programme and an information service including its membership and monthly magazine. The spnm continues to act as an advisor to the Arts Council England on its programme of international fellowships for composers.
For further information about ISCM Britain and spnm, visit www.spnm.org.uk