Gill Graham invites us all
to join the future with spnm.
In December 1997, as a relative outsider charged with the
duties of Executive Director, I joined an organisation which holds the
key to success for a great deal of composers. spnm is unique. There
is no other national organisation through which composers have the opportunity
to hand over quality work and then watch it come to life. The number of
composers,many of them now household names, who have been through the
portals of spnm over the past 55 years is staggering. The Short
Cuts CD, highlighting extracts of music from 29 composers from Elisabeth
Lutyens to the 19-year-old Claire Hamer, is only the tip of the iceberg
in terms of spnm's activity over the past 55 years.
This however is not a time for complacency. What is contemporary classical
music anyway? Surely it is the one genre which has helped develop and
inform the composers and performers of today but the 'contemporary
classical' term switches prospective audiences right off. Where do we
go from here, how can we dispel the fear of the new? Audiences and performers
need variety and spnm needs an image which will demonstrate accessibility
to those who have not endeavoured to investigate it. New music comes in
many guises and is written by many different people spnm
will continue to embrace it all. spnm's ground-breaking and award-winning
work with composers and their teachers in the 16-19 year old bracket will
continue long into the future and from it we will have first hand information
about the composers, audiences and performers of tomorrow. We have realised
the role played by technology in the lives of this future generation.
We have just launched a web-site, a new profile for spnm and a
changing strategy (if you missed the party you missed the fun!). Change
comes in different shapes and sizes and the form it is taking for spnm
is developmental and not a deviation from existing activity. We are transposing
the score, varying the menu and modernising the image. We want to get
to know composers of all ages and we will create opportunities which will
bring them out of the background and into the forefront of musical activity.
Composers are people, not pieces of paper. In the same way that artists
are distanced from the viewer by the canvas composers can hide behind
their music and hope that the message gets across.
spnm is an acronym whose elongated version contains the word 'society'.
It is important to remember that spnm is not the society
audiences, composers, performers and the public at large are spnm's
society. In reality, society must accept that the composer is the most
important ingredient in an event where programmed music is presented.
Without the composer there would be no music and with this prospect society
would be bereft of an important ingredient in its cultural recipe. The
time is fast approaching when even the school system is under threat of
being starved of creative, in fact any, music making. We must continue
to do what we do best and prove the need for new music and new stimuli.
Without our efforts our concert halls would be even darker, there would
be even smaller audiences. We want to facilitate partnerships between
short-listed composers and youth orchestras, dance groups, musical theatre
groups, ensembles large and small and those who are interested in the
creative process and the performance of new music.
spnm is seizing the opportunity that is afforded by its unique
position to continue to galvanise audiences, teachers, school students,
performers, artists everyone through relationships with
composers and new music in all styles. With a background in training performers
for an ever changing industry I am proud to be associated with spnm
and to have the opportunity to help do the same for composers.
The message that everyone should be receiving is that spnm has
no fear, no boundaries, and certainly no limits. Whether you are a listener,
a performer or a composer, open the door and let yourself into spnm.
Join us email
us for details or telephone 0171 828 9696.
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