The School of Sound International Symposium, 24-27 April, London


24 – 27 April 2019
The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

To all those working with sound, this unique forum offers an exceptional series of presentations on the creative use of sound in film, theatre, dance, television, radio, games and gallery installations. Rediscover what you love about working in sound.

Bursaries available

More details here

Rebecca Saunders wins Ernst von Siemens prize

Rhinegold Publishing write:

The 2019 international Ernst von Siemens prize has been awarded to British composer Rebecca Saunders.

The award is given for lifelong service to music and is accompanied by a prize of 250,000 euros.

Previous winners include Benjamin Britten, Olivier Messiaen, György Ligeti, Claudio Abbado, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, György Kurtág, Daniel Barenboim, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mariss Jansons. Saunders is the first female composer to win the prize.

The presentation ceremony will be held on 7 June at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.

The Board of Trustees described Saunders’ work as leaving a ‘visible and meaningful mark on contemporary music history through its astonishingly nuanced attention to timbre, and her distinctive and intensely striking sonic language’.

Saunders has previously described her work as ‘an attempt to create and sculpt sounds drawn from beneath a surface of apparent silence.’

A ‘portrait’ concert celebrating her work is performed by Ensemble Modern and soprano Juliet Fraser at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 19 January 2019.

St Paul's Sinfonia, music by Errollyn Wallen and Hannah Kendall, Friday 18 January 7.30pm St Alfege Church Greenwich

St Paul's Sinfonia

Friday 18 January 7.30pm

St Alfege Church Greenwich

As regular audience members know, our January concert is traditionally given over to the virtuoso Sinfonia string section. We've got an ace first half for you, with works by Errollyn Wallen, Hannah Kendall and culminating in Malcolm Arnold's electrifying Symphony for Strings; and the second half contains just one work - the sublime classic that is Dvořák's Serenade for Strings. It's going to be a wonderful way to welcome in 2019 - it would be really lovely to see all of you there!

Composer Anna Appleby, world premiere tomorrow, Sunday, 11.30 am, RNCM, Manchester

Morning Recital: Harp Originals

Sunday 13 January 11.30am

Carole Nash Recital Room

Eira Lynn Jones, RNCM Harp students and guest artist Esther Swift (RNCM graduate, leader of the Clouds Harp Quartet and winner of the Irwin Mitchell Manchester Jazz Festival commission 2018) showcase innovative works for harp solo, duo and trio. Programme to include the world première of Knocking by Anna Appleby and works by Carlos Salzedo and Caroline Lizotte.

Tickets £7 [limited availability]

Please note that this event is not included in the Weekend or Day Ticket.

Call for drummer

Please find my call-out video (with all details) at the following link (

JOIN ME ON STAGE! We are looking for a drummer -- Email us at [email protected] expressing your interest and telling us about yourself. 2019 will be the year of blessings on blessings on blessings. Love from your Sun Sister

Posted by ‎Juliana Yazbeck جوليانا يزبك‎ on Sunday, December 9, 2018

I am currently working with former 47Soul manager Fadi Haddadeen (cc'ed) towards a 2019 tour, and further plans.

All our gigs (excluding music expos) are well paid, averaging at £150 per London gig, and £200+ for gigs outside of London, with expenses covered on top. Occasional expenses-only music expo gigs (e.g. WOMEX) will only be booked upon mutual agreement of all band members + manager.

All my material is available here:
Juliana Yazbeck

Congratulations to five women composers in the 2018 British Composer Awards

Four of the twelve categories were won by women composers, and there was a special BASCA award for Sally Beamish as well.

In the Land of Uz by Judith Weir

Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble
Afronaut by Cassie Kinoshi

Small Chamber
Unbreathed by Rebecca Saunders

Sonic Art
Halfway to Heaven by Emily Peasgood

British Composer Award for Inspiration in association with the Music Publishers Association
Sally Beamish