Rostrum+: Wroclaw Hosts the 63rd International Rostrum of Composers

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Paris/Wroclaw, May 16, 2016. – The International Music Council, the National Forum of Music and Polish Radio are organizing the 63rd edition of the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) in Wroclaw, May 16 to 21. The IRC is an international forum of representatives from broadcasting organisations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary music.

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This activity is at the core of Rostrum+, an EU co-funded project that aims to promote contemporary classical music and strengthen this sector in Europe and beyond. It does so by exploring innovative strategies to develop audiences, promote new music, enhance the capacity and skills of radio professionals and inspire cooperation between musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and across the globe. Building upon the IRC experience, Rostrum+ has been implementing since 2015 new activities that connect with other operators of the genre, the end goal being the expansion and durable growth of the contemporary music sector in Europe and beyond.

The IRC was founded in 1954 as a flagship project of the International Music Council, an international NGO in official partnership with UNESCO; it is the first time that the event takes place in Poland.
Over the past decades, the IRC has become one of the most important projects in promoting contemporary creation in music via radio broadcasting, while offering a unique forum for professional exchange among radio music producers. Its central purpose, supported by the European Broadcasting Union, is to provide contemporary musical creations the largest possible number of broadcasts worldwide. For instance, the works presented at the 2015 Rostrum received nearly 700 broadcasts - one of the highest recorded broadcast rates ever - by the participating radio networks as well as by other broadcasting organizations.

Contemporary music producers, presenters and other radio professionals from 27 national radio networks from four continents will gather in Wroclaw this week to present 55 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. After the listening sessions, the assembly of delegates will select and recommend the most distinctive works in two categories: ‘general’ and ‘young composers under 30’. These and other works will be presented in concerts and broadcast after the Rostrum by the participating and other interested radio stations.
In its 63-year history, the IRC has revealed the emergence of many of the world’s most gifted composers whilst they are still young. Famous composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Luigi Nono and Murray Schafer, had their first international successes when they were presented at the Rostrum.

In the framework of Rostrum+, this year’s edition will connect the IRC for the first time in its history with the European Forum on Music, the annual conference of the European Music Council, which brings together music practitioners, networks, organisations, teachers, emerging professionals, from all over Europe to come together and exchange. The two events will feature also activities from the Musica Electronica Nova Festival.

While radio delegates will meet in closed sessions, the IRC will open its doors to the public, inhabitants of Wroclaw as well as visitors, from Monday to Friday (from 11:00 to 18:00) at IRCSound, a listening station in the lobby of NFM which allows interested persons to discover the catalogue of IRC history as well as the presented works of this year’s edition. Moreover, the public is invited to attend IRCLab: the Voice(s) of Polish Radio. Composer Jagoda Szmytka will present her and other works in an interactive live radio broadcast on Friday May 20th at 12:00.

This year’s selection of the Rostrum will be announced at a press conference to be held on May 20th at 17:00 at the National Forum of Music.

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