ISCM Welsh Section: shortlisted composers
for World New Music Days, Faroe Islands 2024
Tŷ Cerdd is proud to announce the composers and works that have been selected by the Welsh Section of the ISCM (International Society of Contemporary Music) to represent Wales at the ISCM New World Music Days Festival 2024, which will be held in the Faroe Islands between 22-30 June 2024.
Andrew Lewis, Andrew Wilson-Dickson, David Roche,
Eloise Gynn, John Metcalf and Leona Jones
The Welsh panel selected six composers and musical works to go before the international jury:
Fantazia Upon One Note (2021) for solo violin with fixed-medium electronics
"I’m delighted to be included in Wales’s contribution to the 2024 World New Music Days. Wales is a powerhouse of musical talent and creativity, and WNMD is the perfect opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of Wales’s new music to a global audience."
String Quartet no. 2 (2020)
"I am delighted to have my second string quartet shortlisted for the ISCM WNMD. To be included in the shortlist for Wales makes me feel finally Welsh, in spite of my Scots ancestry. It is extraordinary to have the possibility of recognition by an organisation which has promoted the music of my composer heroes and influences, during and before my lifetime, too many to name."
A Prayer at the Edge of Silence (2021) for string quartet
“I'm really proud to have the chance to represent Wales in this way. ISCM offer amazing international platforms for new music, and we need them more than ever. A Prayer at the Edge of Silence is a particularly important piece to me, so to see it recognised in this way is especially wonderful - it's a piece I love very much.”
Quietening (2020) for solo cello
"I'm thrilled to have 'Quietening' shortlisted for ISCM 2024. This piece means a lot to me, a reminder of the precious (but fragile) time when the sounds of the natural world, usually hidden by human noise, came into the foreground. The work that Tŷ Cerdd does is immensely valuable to Welsh musical life and I'm so grateful to them and the panel for this opportunity."
Towards Silence (2020) for string quartet
"I am especially grateful for and very much appreciate this nomination of my string quartet ‘Towards Silence’ for consideration for performance at the ISCM World New Music Days in June 2024. It gives me the opportunity to reiterate my thanks to the private commissioner of the work, Carol Nixon, whose unwavering support and commitment were central to shaping the piece. At her request, there was a single stipulation - namely that the work in some way reflect the urgent topic of the extinction of species. Certainly a sombre agenda. However, the realisation of it was made much more attainable by the wonderful Solem String Quartet whose superb musicianship played an integral role in bringing this new work to life."
in(ex)teriors (2020) sound installation (4 channels)
"I’ve long been an admirer of the Gwent-born horror/supernatural writer Arthur Machen and his outstanding musicality of style. in(ex)teriors was originally created for a symposium of experimental compositions inspired by the magic and folklore of Wales, but the pandemic prevented the work being presented in its intended form as an audio installation. To find out it has now been chosen for submission to ISCM was thrilling. I always envisaged it as an immersive multichannel sonic experience and the chance may now come to create the 4-channel version I could always ‘hear’. Machen’s novel The Hill of Dreams is one I’ve returned to many times, and making audio recordings of locations he would have walked – and thought – in was inspirational. His themes of profound dislocation and questioning resonate through our twisted and jagged present day. More than ever we need to listen to and feel the strength of human imagination and natural landscape. I am so proud that this work, provoked by my reaction to Machen’s powerful writing, will be listened to by ISCM members from across the world."
At least one of the six pieces submitted will be performed during the festival (the international jury can, however, choose more than one).
Over 30 applications were received from Welsh and Wales-based composers, across 12 categories. The 2024 New World Music Days Festival will provide an important platform for the selected composer, and will be a key opportunity for the profile of Wales, its composers and the new music field.
ISCM Welsh Section
ISCM Welsh exists to promote the aims of the ISCM, both within Wales, and in co-operation with the British, Irish, Scottish and other, international Sections. The Society aims to promote contemporary music and raise its public profile, through effective global networking, communication and facilitation of multilateral activities between the members.
Its mission is to:
Raise the profile of contemporary music through the collective strength of the Society’s global network and membership makeup.
Pursue exposure, research and performance of contemporary music through initiatives by its membership, as well as collaboration with affiliated bodies.
Showcase the diversity of contemporary music worldwide through the World New Music Days Festival.