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2018_ISCM - WALLONIAN SECTION 

 
 

Annual Report

  • Year: 
  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    In 2018 the Forum des Compositeurs has qualified for the first time in 15 years of existence of a "programme contract" with its main subsidising body : the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles. In others words, this means that it is now fully recognised as a federation that has the official capacity to represent the entire community of composers. It also means that the FdC has benefited of a substantial subsidies rise, from 37.000 to 60.000€ per year. For many composers' societies this is not impressive, but for us it has meant that the only payed worker of the FdC is now finally payed for the full-time job he was doing.

    On March 1st and 2nd, in the concert halls of the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven (Flanders), the first edition of the Belgian Music Days has taken place.
    It's a new Festival initiated by the FdC, the Componisten Archipel Vlaanderen (COMAV) and Kunstenpunt and cofinance by the cultural cooperation funds that exist to promote collaborative cultural events between the différent communities of Belgium including the Deutsche Gemeinschaft Belgiens. It was also supported by the SABAM, the Belgian collective society. This event has allowed a very fruitful and intense collaboration between the musicians of those communities, that seem to belong to different countries. The Belgian Music Days will be re-edited in 2020 in Wallonia and aims at establishing itself as an itinerant festival involving each time the main music schools both professional and amateur. Three radios stations decided to support the event : Klara (Flemish), Musiq3 (Wallonia) and Radio Centraal (Antwerp) with a special program.
    Both musicians and composers made themselves known to the other communities. On the Walloon side the musicians are : Ensemble Sturm und Klang, Thérèse Malengreau, Todor Todoroff, l’Ensemble Fractales, and the orchestras of the conservatoires of Mons and Brussels and students ensembles.
    from now on the FdC will have 2 festivals : LOOP on uneven years and the Belgian Music Days on event years.

    Also in the context of international exchanges, the Forum des Compositeurs participated in both ECSA congresses and General Assemblies in Brussels and Belgrade. These meetings are, like the ISCM GAs and Word Music Days, very important in terms of the international influence of the FdC, especially since, due to its presence in the field, our association is an essential reference for the organisation of annual events in Brussels. Indeed, ECSA regularly consults the FdC, which allows the latter to promote Belgian ensembles and concert venues, which thus benefit from an interesting financial contribution.

    Several concerts have been organised in Rome, notably for the Ensemble Fractales (in residence at the FdC) and Jean-Paul Dessy at the Academia Belgica and the Fondazione Scelsi, and also in Belgium at the Maison des Musiques with the Polish ensemble Sepia.

    Four more concert conferences were held as part of the FdC's residency at CC le Senghor, by Jean-Marie Rens, Jean-Pierre Deleuze, Dimitri Coppe and Thérèse Malengreau. They were the opportunity to engage the String Orchestra of the Brussels Conservatory under the direction of Thomas van Haeperen with Boyan Vodenitcharov as soloist and the Zerkalo Quartet and the same Thérèse Malengreau. Dimitri Coppe himself ensured the spatialization of his work.
    Following these conferences, the Senghor decided to renew this residence so that the FdC can continue to organise this type of event in 2019 and 2020.

    As far as the financial balance sheet is concerned, our association suffered a loss of €4329. This deficit situation has been predicted. It is due to exceptional expenses such as the purchase of computer equipment, a mobile phone, the trip to the World Music Days in Beijing for which WBI did not want to give assistance, the decrease in Senghor's subsidies for concerts and additional costs related to the redesign of the website. To this must also be added an increase in accounting costs. Fortunately, this deficit could be absorbed by the reserves that had been carried forward thanks to an exceptional grant from the FWB in 2017. The deficit situation of the ToC will recur in 2019 because the LOOP Festival will be more expensive than usual also because of the loss of the Province of Namur as a co-producer (due to budgetary restrictions) and because the publication of the Carnets will cost our association about 5000€; but it will be redressed during the years 2020-2021. Unfortunately, the impossibility of managing the ToC site without the help of specialised staff will also have to be taken into account in future budgets. The Drupal 8 system with which our site is designed is particularly efficient but also particularly complex. As a result, the budget allocated to concerts will have to be reduced unless other forms of funding are found.

  • Please describe your organization's research activities over the past year: 
    Thanks to a raise in structural subsidies the FdC was able to participate to the GA of the ISCM in Beijing. Some very interesting contacts have being made with Chinese representatives and an exchange has been planned for 2021. The Festival LOOP in Brussels will invite the Beijing Contemporary Soloists for 3 concerts and the composer Qin Wenchen for a masterclass in two Conservatoires. A Belgian ensemble will be invited in China and one of our senior composers will also be invited for a masterclass. Other contacts have been made with several ISCM members and we hope to be able, according to our financial possibilities, to invite other foreign ensembles in the future. Besides those contacts linked to the ISCM, the FdC has planned for 2019 an exchange with Quebec via the platform "Le Vivier" in Montreal and has invited Swiss, French, Italian, Flemish and Polish ensembles to perform in our festival.
 

 

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