Some Informal thoughts and outcomes from Sistema Europe meeting

With her permission, I share this email from Malin Aghed of Sistema Sweden following a meeting of Sistema Europe colleagues who attended the ISM’s conference at Birmingham Conservatoire. It captures the optimism and passion that so many of us share and why we must fight together for the power of music to transform lives.


Kirsty Devaney has written a piece of music for Sistema ensembles. We crowdfunded to commission and produce the world premiere performance at ISM Conference this year in Birmingham.

ISM - the music champion

Feedback from our member Clifford Evans after the General Meeting on 25 November 2013 at the Royal Overseas League.

The truth about GCSE

The specification for a new GCSE is getting ever closer. But who is it for? Certainly, it should be one measure of celebrating the achievement of those young people who choose to study music through to the age of 16, whether or not they continue to take music further afterwards. But should it be the only one?

Rivers to the Sea

In 2010 I was approached by Esa-Pekka Salonen to write a work for the Philharmonia's 2012 season. This came as a great surprise, and I leapt at the opportunity of writing for this renowned orchestra and conductor.