Alumni and researcher form diverse and creative voices for ‘Sounds New’ showcase


Five of the 20 composers, who have been commissioned by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) as part of its ‘Sounds New’ initiative, are studying or have studied at RBC. PhD Researcher Yfat Soul Zisso and alumni Ryan Latimer, Millicent James, Chloe Knibbs and Benjamin Graves will see their short works premiered by the Orchestra at Symphony Hall on 29 January 2023.

The purpose of ‘Sounds New’ is to shine a light on 20 diverse, creative voices from across the country, who will each write four-minute works for the full orchestra. These short works will be a celebration of new music, conducted by Clark Rundell.

See the full list of composers.

RBC Head of Composition Joe Cutler said: "It wonderful to see current and former members of our Composition Department receive prestigious commissions from CBSO as part of this exciting event. It's a strong demonstration of how our students and graduates are very much leading the conversation as to what new music can mean at this juncture in time."

CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock said: “I’m hugely excited by this daring initiative and can’t wait to hear what this brilliantly creative group of people have composed for us. Anyone who thinks that the orchestra is a museum needs to get themselves to Symphony Hall in January.”

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