Soundings is a unique platform for
contemporary music, founded by the Austrian Cultural Forum
in 2004, to promote creative exchange between young composers
and musicians from Austria and the UK. It provides composers
and musicians with a unique opportunity to get to know
each other and each other’s work.
This year, Soundings workshops and performances will explore latest trends
in contemporary composition, music performance
and stylistic development in Austria and the UK.
Soundings I was highly successful in 2004.
From 12 to 16 May 2004 composers, musicians and other music
professionals from Austria and the UK met at the Austrian
Cultural Forum. Students from the RNCM with their teacher
and conductor Clark Rundell joined for workshops, discussions
and concerts at the Forum and the Wigmore Hall. The programme
concluded with a plenary discussion moderated by Annette
In November 2004, Soundings I presented the composer
Olga Neuwirth, Klangforum Wien and the countertenor Andrew
at the Wigmore Hall. They performed to great acclaim and
earned 4 stars from the Guardian. A recording of the concert
with an interview by Paul Kildea of
Olga Neuwirth was broadcast on February 5 in BBC Radio Three’s
Hear & Now programme.
Soundings II offers another opportunity to meet today’s
leading composers, watch them at work and hear their latest
compositions, performed by some of the finest young musicians.
programme will feature world premieres by Johannes Maria
Staud and Johanna Doderer as well as first UK performances.
In closed and open workshops the composers will rehearse
their compositions with musicians. The two concerts in the
salon of the Austrian Cultural Forum will take place on Wednesday
May 18 at 12.00 noon and Thursday May 19 at 6.45pm (see programme).
An exhibition of scores will also be shown in the Austrian
Cultural Forum’s gallery.
Soundings will close with
a plenary discussion led by the author and critic Annette
Morreau on Friday May 20. Soundings is organised and curated by Andrea Rauter, Austrian
Mary Dullea, piano
Loré Lixenberg, mezzo–soprano
Clemens Kölbl, baritone
Darragh Morgan, violin
Rose Redgrave, viola
Robin Michael, cello
Roger Heaton, clarinet & bass clarinet
Rowland Sutherland, flute
Johannes Maria Staud