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ISCM 2019

Double success for Welsh composers!

Tŷ Cerdd is delighted to announce that two composers’ works have been selected to represent the Welsh Section at the 2019 World New Music Days, to be held in Estonia from 2 to 10 May.

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Andrew Lewis
Straatmuziek for chamber ensemble and electronics will be performed by the Defunensemble (Finland) on 8 May.

Daniel Soley

Socialite for electronics and video has been programmed as an installation piece.

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World New Music Days is the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary  Music)’s annual flagship event, and features classical contemporary music from around the world. This year’s event is being presented at the Estonian Music Days, an internationally renowned Festival which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary.


The two selected Welsh works were submitted to the international jury as part of a shortlist of six (alongside works by Eloise Gynn, Bethan Morgan-Williams, Lynne Plowman and Andrew Powell). We send both composers our hearty congratulations: the event features a significant opportunity for the selected composers and for the representation of Welsh music on a world stage., and we look forward to working with them to achieve the greatest impact and legacy from the event.

ISCM Wales Section Announcement

Official submissions to ISCM
World New Music Days 2019, Estonia

Tŷ Cerdd is pleased to announce the composers and works selected by the Welsh Section of the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary  Music) to represent Wales at ISCM World New Music Days 2019, taking place in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia, from 2 to 10 May 2019.


The Wales panel selected six works as the official submission to the international jury:



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Eloise Gynn

Song of Awakening Dawn (chamber ensemble)

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Andrew Lewis

Straatmuziek (chamber ensemble with electronics)

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Bethan Morgan-Williams

Ghost Tongues (string quartet)

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Andrew Powell

Points upon a Canvas (orchestra)

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Lynne Plowman

The Mariner’s Compass (choir)

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Daniel Soley

Socialite (electronic)

At least one of the six works included in our national submission will be performed during the festival (the international jury can, however, select more than one of these works).


37 submissions were received from Welsh and Wales-based composers, across nine categories. The jury was struck by the number and quality of the submissions and by the stylistic range, which provided a striking insight into the range of work being written in Wales, as well as further afield by Welsh composers.


The announcement of the works selected for performance across the 9-day event is expected in late-October. World New Music Days 2019 will provide an important platform for the selected composer, and a key opportunity for the profile of Wales, its composers and new music scene.

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