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Yorkshire Sound Women Network announces the six selected composers who will create original multi-channel audio works as part of their Sound Pioneers project, featuring three of our Both Sides Now alumni!

Meet the Sound Pioneers
24th February 2020

Yorkshire Sound Women Network announces the six selected composers who will create original multi-channel audio works as part of their Sound Pioneers project, featuring three of our Both Sides Now alumni!

Yorkshire Sound Women Network announces the six selected composers who will create original multi-channel audio works as part of their Sound Pioneers project, featuring three of our Both Sides Now alumni!

The successful six artists – featuring Both Sides Now alumni Charlotte, Hayley and Rachael – will be given access to state-of-the-art facilities that include Huddersfield University’s 48-channel/66-loudspeaker HISS system and Hull University’s Ambisonic Studio during paid residencies in the summer. The composers will also receive from specialist mentoring and enjoy a high-profile performance opportunity for each new work.

YSWN co-director Abi Bliss says: “The standard and variety of applications for Sound Pioneers was fantastic and it was a difficult job narrowing the list down to six composers. Thanks to the partners who worked with YSWN to make the project possible, these composers will have a unique creative and development opportunity, exploring some amazing-sounding audio facilities. We can’t wait to hear what they come up with.

The three composers selected for Huddersfield received their first introduction to the facilities during Electric Spring festival, with the residencies following this July, while the Hull composers will make a start this spring, with summer residencies. All the works will be completed and ready for performance in the autumn. 

Click on the photos to find out more about each artist…

Huddersfield residencies

Hull residencies


Sound Pioneers is delivered by YSWN working in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, University of Hull, hcmf// and Brighter Sound’s Both Sides Now programme, and is supported by the PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations.