Playlist: Unlockdown Listening
A playlist of springtime releases and other good stuff we're listening to in the UK right now.
Playlist: International Women's Day 2021
We've an all-female music playlist to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Power of Music – When Film and Music Meet
Broadcaster and composer Neil Brand explores film and music, the art of the score in the modern age and how cultural attitudes and expectations have shifted our expectations for film scores too.
Selector Radio at 20 – The Story So Far
UK music from the past 20 years - the British Council's Selector Radio is celebrating two decades in the business. And here's the story of how it all happened.
Blog: Reelin’ in the Year
Joel Mills recounts the highs and many lows of 2020 from a UK music perspective. What next for the world of music?
Composing beyond Covid with Nainita Desai
Nainita Desai, composer of the hit, award-winning film, For Sama, sat down to answer questions for us about composing, the future for the film and music industry and what we can expect next from her.
Makina! is the British Council's new film in collaboration with Boiler Room, directed by Hector Aponysus, which heads to the North East of England to celebrate Makina – a dance genre unheard of outside the region with legions of fans inside. Find out why.
Chris Ryan on Brazil, Russia and life after Covid
Chris Ryan of Robocobora Quartet talks Russia, Brazil, Covid-19, life after lockdown, music from Ireland, his time in UAE and much more in this wide ranging interview from the talented drummer-composer-frontman.
Music Team Spotlights #1: Connect, Learn and Discover
We've resources and music for music industry people and fans alike in this roundup of Covid-19 resources for everyone affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Our arts response to Covid-19 In the light of Covid-19,...
Emily Dust: Rackless Kazi
DJ and broadcaster Emily Dust brings us the story from Zambia and Zimbabwe where, with our support, she's been working with an all-female group of emerging DJs as part of our Rackless Kazi project.
Playlist: The Songs That Got Us Through 2020
Here's a soothing playlist to close the year. These are truly the songs that got us through 2020.
Music Team Spotlight 2020
We've recommendations for UK music happenings in the early part of 2021 and round up the end of year music news with contributions from the team.
Our latest Spotlight blog reads like a music awards special...
Online Session: Cultural Heritage and Identity in Contemporary Arts and Music
Our latest online session will explore contemporary artistic responses to Vietnam’s film and music heritage.
We roundup news, music and entertainment from the UK music scene, including how the Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre are programming their upcoming concerts. Cathy Graham looks at classical music's reaction to Black Lives Matter as Black History Month draws to a close.
FAMLAB Online Session #2: Artists and Residencies
Our second film and music online session delves into the story of an exchange between Vietnam and the UK and looks at the wider world of residency opportunities. As our world has shrunk during Covid-19, what might the residencies of the future look like?
Cathy Graham – Director, Music at the British Council – has been awarded an OBE, by Her Majesty the Queen, for her services to music and cultural relations, reflecting a life dedicated to music and her numerous achievements in the music sector and internationally at the head of the British Council’s Music team.
Our music spotlight series continues with a look at how English National Opera have responded to Covid, the resurgence of radio, our pick of upcoming awards and festivals, what to listen to this month and much more besides.
Playlist: Black History Month 2020
For Black History Month 2020 we've picked out a music playlist of some of our favourite black artists in the UK.
FAMLAB Online Session #1: Liberation Radio
Learn more about the Liberation Radio film and music project joining the UK and Vietnam, making use of archive film material from Vietnam.