new music to new audiences

De Montfort University (DMU) hosted a three-day international conference investigating initiatives related to community action and participation. 

'Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ was a three-day international conference which intended to bring together community artists and other musicians, educators, animateurs, specialists within music and other cultural organisations, government policy representatives and representatives from cross-cultural projects who are involved with initiatives related to the conference title. Of course, project participants, non-academics and others are most welcome.

By ‘new music’ what is meant is original innovative works of music, including the sonic arts, which largely reside outside of the commercial sector. The goal is to share and debate different forms of good practice relating to how new music can be used as the means of engaging with new communities and ways through which new music can reach underrepresented communities.
The conference focused on a selection of community arts and pedagogical initiatives related to participation and community-action. It offered diverse workshops and performances and introduced conference participants to a wide range of programmes within this area. Subjects included:
  • Educational initiatives
  • Working with community organisations
  • The musical equivalent of public art
  • Interculturalism
  • Ways of effectively and robustly measuring/evaluating impact and research projects regarding the above.

--> Read the full programme.

Open Call for Proposals: closed
The deadline for proposals (papers, workshops, demonstrations, sharings/performances) was 15 March 2018.
Papers were to be of 20’ duration with 10’ for questions and discussion. Proposals for workshops, demonstrations and sharing of project work/performances will indicate how much time these would last and the technical infrastructure needed in terms of their presentation. Proposals should include a title and extended abstract of up to 1500 words as well as a CV/Bio (two pages maximum) including relevant publications, projects, works or equivalent.
conference coordinator, Leigh Landy:

Interfaces Community Arts Resources Hub

Associated with this conference is the Interfaces Community Arts Resources Hub which is intended to act as an information hub regarding initiatives, in particular around Europe but also well beyond, that focus on offer access to new music by a diversity of audiences not familiar with it. 

Please use the following link to provide information on your community arts projects. 


Friday, 21/09/ 2018
8:30-9:00: Coffee

9:00-9:30: Opening

9:30-11:00: Talks
Peter Sheppard Skaerved “Invisible Cities”
Evis Sammoutis “Educational, artistic and collaborative strategies in engaging New Music audiences: the genesis of the Living Museums-project and Interfaces”
Lorenda Ramou “Extra-muros of the concert hall: new music events in and with the neighborhood”

11:00-11:30: Coffee

11:30-13:00: Talks
Martin Fautley, Nancy Evans, Victoria Kinsella “Through the Music Maze: Adventures in experimental music with children”
Mario Duarte, “Timbral and spatial interactive systems in the community: The use of electroacoustic music in education and social integration”
Makoto Nomura “Joy of Creation and Innovation: Participatory Composition Projects by the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra”

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Talks
Lilian Beidler “Performative Sound Arts in Public Space”
Mike Blow “Durational Sound Art”
Steve Jones “iPads, Mobiles and New Music in Schools”

15:30-16:00: Coffee

16:00-18:00: Talks
Judith Robinson, Alexandra Richardson “ Music for Young Players”
Hans van Regenmortel “Eersteklasconcerten: a new perspective on contemporary music participation of young children in concert halls”
Jackie Walduck “Tactile: Bridging the visual impaired and sighted communities through touch and sound”
Silvia Rosani “Voice sound analysis and visual art to engage with new audiences in public spaces: a composer perspective”

18:15-19:15: Reception

19:15-20:00: Keynote
Susanna Eastburn “I thought all composers were dead and had a beard”

Saturday, 22/09/2018
8:30-9:00: Coffee

9:00-10:30 Talks
Rodolphe Burotte, Sharon Kanach“ UPISKETCH: An old idea revisited”
Motje Wolf, Sarah Younie “ Enhancing Music Access – Pedagogic content knowledge for teaching sound-based music”
Caroline Waddington,  Pam Burnand “Hull 2017: Engaging communities in collaborative composition and performance”

10:30-11:00: Coffee

11:00-13:00 Talks
Leigh Landy “EARS 2 + Compose with Sounds: Bringing sound-based creativity to anyone with no prior experience”
Duncan Chapman, David Holland “Sharing experiences of sound-based creativity in schools and community settings”
John Richards “Cardboard Boxes and Cupboards: Radical electronic music”
Ruta Vitkauskaite “Walking Opera”

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-16:30: Workshops
Dave Holland/Duncan Chapman “Compose with Sounds (Sound-based musical creativity)”
John Richards “Music for DIY Electronics”
Rodolphe Burotte,Sharon Kanach “ UPISKETCH: An old idea revisited (UPIC)”

16:30-17:00: Coffee

17:00-18:30: Talks @PACE Building
Michiko Saiki “The Vocalizing Pianist: The Voices of Women”
Emma-Kate Matthews “The Spatial Instrument: Spatiosonic practice in real-time”
Barbara Lüneburg“ “Transcoding: From ‘highbrow art’ to participatory culture”

18:45-19:30: Workshop sharing (see above three workshops)
Location: PACE Building

19:30-20:00: Concert @PACE Building
Barbara Lüneburg“Slices of Life” (2016/17) for amplified violin and voice, video and soundtrack

Additional Events
Ruta Vitkauskaite “Walking Opera” – video installation (all day)
Caroline Waddington, Pam Burnand “ Hull 2017: Engaging communities in collaborative composition and performance” – video loop (all day)

Sunday, 23/09/2018
9:00-9:30: Coffee

9:30-11:30: Talks
Fiona Robertson, Ellen Thompson “The soundfestival: a festival targeted at new audiences”
Bobbie Gardner, Annie Mahtani “Composition in a hyperlocal environment – for-Wards: Citywide”
Caroline Waddington, Pam Burnand “Minute of Listening: Engaging primary school children in new music”
Isabel Jones “Salamanda Tandem: White Cane”

11:30-12:00: Coffee

12:00-12:30: Performance
Salamanda Tandem “White Cane” (performance)
Isabel Jones , Duncan Chapman and Mickel Smithen

12:45 – 13:00: Closing Word & Conference Close


The following installations will run throughout the three days. Locations will be provided closer to the date of the conference.

21-23 September 2018
Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre,
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
organised by:
De Montfort University

Susanna Eastburn

Susanna Eastburn

Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Evis Sammoutis

Evis Sammoutis

Lorenda Ramou

Martin Fautley, Nancy Evans & Victoria Kinsella

Mario Duarte, Rodrigo Sigal

Bobbie Gardner, Annie Mahtani

Lilian Beidler

Mike Blow

Jackie Walduck Tactile

Hans Van Regenmortel

Judith Robinson, Alexandra Richardson

Steve Jones

Rodolphe Bourotte & Sharon Kanach

Silvia Rosani

Motje Wolf, Sarah Younie

Caroline Waddington, Pam Burnand

Leigh Landy

Dave Holland & Duncan Chapman

John Richards

Ruta Vitkauskaite

Isabel Jones

Michiko Saiki

Barbara Lüneburg

Ellen Thompson

Emma-Kate Matthews

Caroline Waddington, Asndrew King & Pam Burnand: Sunday Morning

Salamanda Tandem

Barbara Lüneburg

Pete Batchelor & Ian Bilson

Alison Ballard & Mike Blow