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ISCM 2020
Mark Bowden selected to represent
ISCM Welsh section at New Zealand 2020

Tŷ Cerdd is delighted to announce that composer Mark Bowden has been selected to represent the Welsh Section at the 2020 World New Music Days, to be held in New Zealand, 21-30 April: his Five Memos for violin and piano will be performed alongside the best in new music put forward by ISCM sections from around the world.

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Mark Bowden        
(Photo: Kate Benjamin & Rob Orchard)

World New Music Days is the annual flagship event of the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary  Music). This year’s festival is being presented by the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ)​.


The selected Welsh work by Mark Bowden was submitted to the international jury as part of a shortlist of six (alongside works by Sarah Lianne Lewis, Ashley John Long, Bethan Morgan-Williams, Mike Parkin and Steph Power).

Mark Bowden greeted the announcement: “I am so thrilled that Five Memos has been selected to represent the ISCM Welsh Section in World New Music Days 2020. I’ve been closely involved with the ISCM for a number of years – I used to Chair the British Section, and I supported Wales to develop its own Section a few years ago – and it is a great privilege to have my work performed at this important international event.”

Tŷ Cerdd send Mark our hearty congratulations: the event features a significant opportunity for him and for the representation of Welsh music on a world stage, and we look forward to working achieve the greatest impact and legacy from the event.

Official submissions to ISCM 
World New Music Days 2020, New Zealand

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 2020, taking place in Auckland and Christchurch 21-30 April 2020.


The Wales panel selected a shortlist of six composers’ works/proposals as the official submission to the international jury:

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Mark Bowden

Five Memos (violin & piano)

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Sarah Lianne Lewis

first snow, falling (string quartet)


Ashley John Long

Improvising ensemble

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Bethan Morgan-Williams

Double Double (string quartet)

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Michael Parkin
Monsieur Croche's Fugue  (solo piano)

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Steph Power
and / ante (piano trio)


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).

23 submissions were received from Welsh and Wales-based composers, across 11 categories. The announcement of the works selected for performance across the ten-day event is expected in the autumn. World New Music Days 2020 will provide an important platform for the selected composer, and a key opportunity for the profile of Wales, its composers and new music scene.

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.