Soundings is a unique platform for contemporary music initiated in 2004 by the Austrian Cultural Forum London. It presents and profiles young composers and performers from Austria and the United Kingdom in workshops, symposia and concerts.

From 4 to 7 May 2009 Austrian composers Gerald Resch, Thomas Amann and Manuel De Roo together with their English counterparts, Emily Howard, Claudia Molitor and David Fennessy, will work with musicians including mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg, flautist Rowland Sutherland, Peter Furniss (Clarinet), Claire Sterling (Viola) and the Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, violin; Robin Michael, cello; Mary Dullea, piano and Soundings Curator 2008 & 2009). As in previous years, discussions and interviews will be led by distinguished music critic Annette Morreau and Soundings project manager Andrea Rauter.

In cooperation with the British Council Soundings will travel to Vienna for the first time, bringing Austrian and British musicians together for two concerts at Vienna’s Alte Schmiede on 8 and 9 May. The Fidelio Trio, Loré Lixenberg and Rowland Sutherland will perform repertoire from Soundings projects 2004–2009.