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Wales becomes a full member of ISCM

Wales becomes a full member of ISCM

Tŷ Cerdd is delighted to announce that Wales is now a national member of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). The ISCM has 67 national and affiliate members worldwide of which ISCM-Wales is the latest. 30 Sep 2015

Wales becomes a full member of ISCM

Peter Swinnen, President of ISCM said:

"On behalf of the ISCM Executive Committee, and on behalf of all the ISCM members, we congratulate you, and warmly welcome you to the ISCM family. We encourage you to take advantage of the various benefits that your ISCM membership provides, and to continue actively to participate in the affairs of the ISCM."

The formation of ISCM-Wales affords worldwide opportunities for Welsh composers to be performed at each year’s ISCM World Music Days. The society was formed in 1923 and, as it approaches its first centenary, counts the great composers of the twentieth and twenty first century in the ranks of those it has performed. Stravinsky is included along with Bartok and Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sibelius and Ravel together with Copland and Cage. Each year ISCM-Wales through Tŷ Cerdd will institute a call for works by Welsh composers, and will present 6 for consideration to the international panel who will choose at least one for performance at the ISCM World Music Days. Tŷ Cerdd will work closely with Composers of Wales, with Bangor University School of Music, Cardiff University School of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, together with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Sinfonia Cymru to give performance opportunities to the best of contemporary Welsh music. Tŷ Cerdd has worked closely with ISCM-Britain to develop this new opportunity for Welsh composers:

Natalia Franklin-Pierce of Sound and Music, the ISCM-Britain delegate said:

"The British Section (and thus Sound and Music) is delighted to welcome the Welsh Section to ISCM as its newest recruit, led by Tŷ Cerdd. We are very supportive of the opportunity this presents to composers. We look forward to working closely with Wales in the future to promote together the wealth and diversity of contemporary music from all corners of the British Isles."

Composer John Metcalf, Chairman of the newly-formed advisory committee for the Welsh section of the ISCM said:

"This is huge step forward for music in Wales, one of the most significant in a generation. It means that, within a year or so, the music of Welsh composers will for the first time take its place as of right on a world stage which has featured the greatest talents of the last century."

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