Recent Sound World and NMSW commissions alongside some of the best entrants to our annual search for the best young composers, the Sound World Young Composers’ Prize. There’s also a short film about our annual series of composition workshops. Scroll down to view the videos.


Reflections : the Coronavirus Fund for Freelance Musicians

Steve Reich, “I wish you great success in this humane and much needed project”.

As freelance performers face an uncertain future, we have invited leading composers from around the world to write new work in support of their performing colleagues.

This unique, international effort is providing valuable paid work to musicians whose livelihoods have been hit hard by the pandemic and is creating great new music. Including new work by Sally Beamish, Gavin Bryars, Michael Ellison, Graham Fitkin, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sadie Harrison, Nico Muhly, John Pickard, Geoff Poole, Steve Reich, Howard Skempton and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

To support our Coronavirus Fund for Freelance Musicians please click here:

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As the pieces are completed, we are posting audio/video below…


This short video about our annual spring workshop series was filmed by Lee Pretious of Push The Button Video at King Edward’s school in Bath. The workshop was led by composer (and Sound World Chair of Trustees) Sadie Harrison with performers from the Bristol Ensemble.

Jasper Eaglesfield’s Birthday Letters was announced as the the winner of the Sound World Young Composers’ Prize 2019 at our Beyond The Menagerie concert at St. George’s, Bristol on 22 September


For Boola was the final piece commissioned by Sound World to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King. Performed in a series of concerts in 2019 alongside Sadie Harrison’s “Coretta” and Hannah Kendall’s “Processional”.

Tomáš Klement performing one of our commissions celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King. Hannah Kendall’s poignant and atmospheric Processional was inspired by, and named after, Norman Lewis’ abstract artwork representing the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.

Following performances in Bristol, Bath and Shaftesbury, Sadie’s beautiful tribute to Coretta King returned to Bristol when it was played at St. George’s on Sunday 23rd Sept. 2018

  • Steven Peters

    Uplifting. Tremendous. Thank you everyone who has worked to put this together – such a rewarding and limpid (although the sound of that word does no justice to the sounds found here) trove.

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