PICK OF THE WEEK – 28 AUGUST

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our latest blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories, interesting exhibitions and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard this week.

Why do we hear the work of so few female classical composers?

A-level student Jessy McCabe launched a petition last week to include female composers on the Edexcel syllabus, after noticing that all 63 set composers this year were men. In fact, across the three main exam boards, only one set composer is female. What do you think? Which composers would you choose for the syllabus?

Boy trips in museum and punches hole through painting

It was a bad day for paintings after a 12 year old boy tripped and damaged a 17th century painting on loan to a gallery in Taipei. Surely everyone’s worst nightmare?

A new commission from Southbank Centre by James Bulley and Daniel Jones

We were really excited to see Vespers, a new sound installation that composes a musical score in real-time, drawn from the online activity of the United Kingdom. Each day, the work begins afresh with a blank score, searching through text and sound material posted online across the day, progressively composing a voice-led score that reflects and portrays our everyday concerns. The installation is on the second floor at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre until Monday (31 August) so make sure you catch it before it goes!

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