New event marks 50 years of British Music Collection

#BMC50 Things

The upcoming 50 Years of the British Music Collection event will celebrate the national archive’s birthday and explore its impact on composers working today.

Hosted by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the University of Huddersfield and Sound and Music, it will examine how the collection’s digital platform offers ways to discover new artists and peers, including many neglected in mainstream programming.

It will also cover how composers can use the platform to boost their profile and record their creative processes and stories.

From rare seventies graphic scores, to recordings, books and unpublished letters, the collection is a prism into the cultures of new music in Britain, and offers a way of bringing times, places, scenes and sounds to life in the present.

The event, which takes place on 21 November at Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, includes talks by Susanna Eastburn MBE and Angharad Cooper, both of Sound and Music, who will discuss the ways they are developing the collection for the future.

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection, Sound and Music has been running #BMC50 Things, a series of short blogs offering new perspectives on the recent history of new music in the UK.

Featuring contributions from composers, performers, writers and broadcasters, #BMC50 Things is intended to offer a resource to composers and build a picture of the backgrounds, practices and diverse perspectives that have shaped the landscape of new music in the UK.

Find out more about the British Music Collection and register to attend the event.