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.
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.
Masãfãt: A Kind of Madness?
We look at the Egypt music scene before delving into the Masãfãt festival in London and Cairo with VENT and Thirty Three Thirty Three.
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!
DIY Music Culture: Punk and Grime Podcast with Jon Savage and Hyperfrank
Jon Savage and Laura Brosnan (AKA Hyperfrank) are in conversation with Georgina Godwin, discussing DIY music culture and comparing the punk and grime scenes, in this essential podcast.
Blog: Talent is Democratic, Opportunity is Not
Cathy Graham discusses the issue of diversity and inclusion in classical music with reference to Chineke!, Aaron Dworkin and Rob Adediran.
SELECTOR PRO 2016 in Moscow
Now in its second year, the SELECTOR PRO music forum in Moscow brought together music journalists, producers, promoters and directors from Russia and the UK to discuss industry trends and gain insight into the issues affecting record labels, venues, festivals and online platforms.
Cathy Costain, Head of Arts for the British Council in Egypt, tells us about the last few years in Egypt and the wealth of musical work that has been taking place there in recent times.
Sam Jones brings us this blog with tales of an ambitious recording schedule, trying to "turn the streets of Lagos into a recording studio" ...
A loyal and supportive colleague, funny, thoughtful and highly knowledgeable. We all miss you Paul Parkinson.