We celebrate Make Music Day 2017 with our own Make Music Day playlist filled with songs that we think show off our favourite instruments and inspire us to get playing!
Gruff Rhys: The History of Nails
Super Furry Animals' frontman Gruff Rhys takes us on a journey on the Trans-Siberian railway in his new short film, commissioned by the British Council.
We caught up with composer Emily Howard to talk about her music, her interests, her time in Portugal and how the changing relationship between the UK and the EU might affect future music making between the UK and the continent.
We were delighted to have Hejira in Algeria performing at the 18th European Cultural Festival. We spoke to them about their time in Algiers, how they got started and how their background and experiences influence their sound.
We’re delighted to be teaming up with Liverpool Sound City...
Film, Archive and Music Fund 2017
We are delighted to announce the recipients of a new British Council Film, Archive and Music Fund.
We preview Different Trains 1947, a new collaboration between music artists Actress, Jack Barnett (These New Puritans), Indian music producer Sandunes, and filmmakers/artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who will perform a new audiovisual composition in response to the events of 1947 and Indian independence, taking inspiration from Steve Reich's 1988 composition, Different Trains.
With One Voice: Homelessness and the arts in Japan
Matt Peacock travelled to Japan and told us about the work of Streetwise Opera's With One Voice project working with Olympic host countries on a mission to improve the lives of homeless people through arts and music.
We spoke to composer Daniel Kidane about the Year of British Music in Porto, his beginnings as a composer and what musical life might look like after Britian leaves the EU.
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.