Julian Leeks - composer


Some sites worth looking at for those interested in contemporary music and south-west music in general.

Sound and Music
The primary UK resources for all things connected with contemporary music. Including composer opportunities, careers advice, concert listings etc. SaM also host the British Music Collection.

Hear & Now
The BBC’s contemporary music programme. Interviews, downloads, live music and broadcast premières.

New Music in the South West
NMSW promotes classical music as a vibrant, living art form. It aims to take contemporary music beyond the normal concert-going public to new audiences. It also plays a crucial role in supporting the region’s most promising musical talent and has a developing portfolio of new music commissions from composers at all career stages. Julian started NMSW in 2012 and is now its director.

The contemporary music chamber group of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and, surely, the region’s best new music specialists.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Developing out of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BCMG has a long standing commitment to new music, education and audience building. They have commissioned over 160 new works.

London Sinfonietta
Completing the triangle of new music specialists in the southern half of England. In the words of Steve Reich, “If I were the British Government I would declare the London Sinfonietta a National Treasure… Long may they continue to make new music!”

The Bristol Ensemble
Bristol’s only professional chamber orchestra and a major contributor to the region’s cultural life. Julian is very pleased to have worked with Bristol Ensemble on many occasions.

The place to go for amateur musicians who would like to get involved in performing contemporary music.

St George’s
Bristol’s best and most beautiful concert venue. Supporters of new music, their concert listings are always worth checking out. They are currently developing a Young Composers Academy with NMSW.

Hauser & Wirth
A major force in the contemporary art world with galleries in Zurich, Los Angeles, New York (2), London and…. Bruton, Somerset. Committed to arts education they have collaborated with NMSW on a number of projects developing the talent of young composers.

Bristol Pre-Conservatoire
An excellent place for school age performers of classical and jazz music in the Bristol area. With workshops, ensembles, visiting artists etc.

Guardian Guide to Contemporary Music
Tom Service’s excellent guide to some of the most important composers of our time.

The Wire
The magazine with an interest in all kinds of contemporary music.

Simon Cummings contemporary music site. Reviews, articles and downloads.