Convergence Sessions 2017
The British Council are proud to be supporting Convergence Sessions 2017 in London, bringing together music professionals from the UK and overseas to talk about art, technology and what the future for music might hold.
Aldeburgh Young Musicians Meet The European Egyptian Contemporary Music Society
In February 2017, Aldeburgh Young Musicians collaborated with Egyptian musicians from the European Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (EECMS) at Snape Maltings in Suffolk, south east England.
UK Korea Season gets underway with the London Symphony Orchestra
The UK Korea Season will celebrate the best of UK music, arts and culture. It kicked off on 20 February 2017 with a performance from the London Symphony Orchestra.
Meet Michael Duffy, Our New Classical Music Programme Manager
We’re delighted to announce the arrival of our new Classical...
Playlist: Track One Side One
Have we lost touch with the album? Vinyl is making a comeback and we look at how best to truly kick off an album in style with our favourite "track one side one" picks.
British Council Music: What We Do
We bring you highlights from 2016 and look forward to what 2017 has in store for the British Council's Music projects around the world.
A Year of British Music kicks off in Porto in January 2017 with an opening weekend packed full of live performance, debate and educational workshops. Director of Music for the British Council will be there to take part in a symposium on Brexit and the potential ramifications for UK and EU music making.
Blog: The Lift to Experience - Is art or architecture the star of the show?
Breaking out of the concert hall and into a car park, a warehouse or an overgrown cemetery near you ... is the idea of a traditional performance space slowly being eroded? Joel Mills explores the world of alternative spaces and asks is the setting as vital as the content when we're out and about enjoying live performances?
Playlist: Our Favourite Tracks from the Best Live Shows in 2016
2016, you’ve moved in mysterious ways. In the world of...
Beyond a BPM explores London’s creative dynamic through the eyes of the musicians, producers and designers who are blurring the lines between art, music and fashion, featuring Gaika, Visionist, Liam Hodges, James Massiah and Sports Militia.
Profile: London Contemporary Orchestra
We spoke to Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt, co-Artistic Directors of the London Contemporary Orchestra to find out more about this incredible, genre-defying ensemble.
Podcast: Counting the Cultural Cost of Venue Closures
In this podcast, we talk with three people passionate about nightlife and the cultural importance of venues to our towns and cities. Why are some many venues closing and what might be the impact on our societies in years to come?
Kero Kero Bonito in Indonesia
After being spotted at The Great Escape festival in 2016, Kero Kero Bonito jet off to Indonesia to take part in the UK/Indonesia celebrations - a three year collaboration between countries.
Slow Club Interview and Live Session
Slow Club popped in to record a live session for Selector Radio. Hear the gorgeous "Poet" and "Ancient", as well as an interview with Charles and Rebecca, where they reflect on their career so far and discuss the making of the new album.
Playlist: Words and Music
In a year when Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and the British Council has been celebrating the work of William Shakespeare (400 years since his death), we thought it was high time we looked at the power of the lyric. Here's a playlist with some of our favourite combinations of words and music. Join us on Twitter @BritishMusic_ to tell us yours.
Embracing Music Technology: The DM Lab Challenge
We take a look at the recent Drake Music Lab Challenge, supported by the British Council, introducing some familiar and unfamiliar music technology to both disabled and able-bodied musicians.
Best of The Selector at NH7 Weekender in India
The British Council's Selector Radio is bringing a host of fresh British musical talent to India for the NH7 Weekender which kicks off in October 2016.
SRA Selector with Andy Backhouse: Student Radio, Horchata, Cats
We catch up with SRA Selector winner, Andy Backhouse, and hear about his trip to Mexico, honing his DJ-ing skills, drinking horchata and suffering a social media attack ... of cat pictures.
Gateways Nigeria with Tony Allen: Afrobeat to Afrobeats
A British Council and Boiler Room partnership, Gateways Nigeria explores the contemporary music scene in Lagos and the connections between UK and Nigerian music culture, featuring contributions from legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, London artists Giggs, drummer Moses Boyd, DJ Neptizzle and Afrobeats star Mr Eazi.
Blog: Glastonbury Behind The Headliners
Naomi Cara Nekesa brings us a new perspective on the festival experience with her stories of programming for Glastonbury's smaller stages, where the magic really happens!