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A one-day-discussion for audiences, artists, arts organisations and curators
Saturday 22 October 2016 from 10am-5pm, Weston Pavilion at Southbank Centre

Followed by an optional concert premiering new works for audience participation
Saturday 22 October 2016 at 7.30pm, St John's Smith Square



- How can we connect brilliant music written today with a wider public?
- What do audiences and artists want?
- Which models of presenting new music are most successful?
- What can we learn from other art forms about engaging audiences in new work?
- Can you make great art with everyone?
- What is the role of the funder?

This is a day for discussion – not being talked at.

- Each session will begin with provocations from people with relevant experience
- Everyone present will have a chance to discuss, debate and be heard
- The outcome of the thinking in the room will be captured by Creative Connections
- The conclusions of the day will be shared with a wider community digitally

Follow the conference on twitter #audienceasartist @Ldn_Sinfonietta


Registration for all speakers and delegates

Housekeeping and introductions

10.15am - 11am     
Session 1 : New music – is it really that difficult?
Five minute provocations from programmers and academics                              

11 - 11.45am
Session 2 : What drives new music being made, performed and heard?
Five minute provocations from curators and composers      

11.45am -12pm

12 - 12.45pm
Session 3 : What do audiences and funders want?
Five minute provocations from funders and audience members

12.45 -13.15pm
Emerging themes – morning review with Jean Nicholson

1.15pm - 2.15pm
Lunch break (please note that lunch is not provided)

2.15 - 3pm
Session 4 : What can we learn from other art forms?
Five minute provocations from Rambert / Random International / Complicité

3 - 3.45pm
Session 5 : Public participation as a form of audience engagement
Can we make great art with everyone? Who decides what is great art anyway?
Five minute provocations from policy makers and critics          

3.45 - 4.15pm
Tea break

4.15 - 5pm
What have we learned from the day? Facilitated by Andrew Burke


Paul Hoskins (Music Director, Rambert)
Jemima James (Complicité, The Encounter)
Gerard McBurney (Beyond the Score)
Gillian Moore (Head of Music, Southbank Centre)
Flo Ortkrass (Random International)
Lucy Railton (Founder, co-curator Kammer Klang, Founder Co-director London Contemporary Music Festival)
Vanessa Reed (Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation)
Sine Tofte Hannibal (NewAud, a European network for building new audiences for music)
Staff from London Sinfoneitta, Ensemble Modern, AskoïSchoenberg, Remix Ensemble
Composers Christian Mason and Huang Ruo (composers of the works in the evening)


Please join us for the evening performance at 7.30pm in St John’s Smith Square (Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA), at which two pieces for public participation will be premiered. 


CONNECT is a pan-European initiative redefining the ways audiences and artists connect. The project has brought together four leading ensembles to premiere two radical commissions, composed by Christian Mason and Huang Ruo. These pieces will tour Europe this autumn.

An initiative generously supported by ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE in collaboration with London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Asko|Schönberg and Remix Ensemble Casa da Música.



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  • Ticket for the conference £15 | Ticket for the concert £10 | Joint ticket £20

    Venue: (view map)

    Weston Pavilion
    Southbank Centre
    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

    Box Office No:
    0207 960 4200