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The Contemporary Music Centre presents The Listening Crowd -
An international conference exploring new music and audiences


The Contemporary Music Centre, in association with the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) is proud to present The Listening Crowd , an international conference exploring new music and audiences, which takes place at NUI Galway on 13 June 2016.
The Listening Crowd  is a conference examining why we listen, who is listening and how audiences are engaging across genres and around the world. The conference is for anyone who is immersed in music: as an audience member, composer/creator, performer, programmer, lecture/musicologist, promoter, broadcaster, and those who connect through music.
The full conference programme of presentations and panel discussions includes an acclaimed list of national and international speakers from a wide range of artistic backgrounds, and aims to stimulate discussion and debate around the relationship between new music and audiences.



Kevin Volans: Composer (Ireland)

Kevin Volans studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne, and has worked with many international ensembles and performers including the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony and The Royal Flemish Philharmonic. Currently based in Cork, his keynote for the conference is titled, "If you need an audience, we DON'T need YOU!" 

David Pay: Artistic Director, Music on Main (Canada)
(Photo credit Sven Boecker)
David Pay is Artistic Director of Vancouver's Music on Main, a concert series dedicated to building community through a refreshing concept of concert going: shorter concerts, a bar before and after performances, and casual, stimulating environments.

Heather Maitland: Arts Consultant (UK) 

Heather Maitland is an arts consultant providing audience development and strategic marketing support, training, audience research and box office data analysis for cultural organizations. Heather has worked with over 100 arts organisations in the UK as well as the Arts Council England, UK Arts Marketing associations, the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion, Arts Audiences and Audiences Northern Ireland.
Jennifer Walshe: Composer (Ireland)   
Jennifer Walshe is an Irish composer whose work has been performed and broadcast all over the world. In addition to her activities as a composer, Jennifer frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques.

Lucy Railton: Cellist and Artistic Director, London Contemporary Music Festival (UK)
London and Berlin based musician and curator Lucy Railton is co-artistic director and curator of the London Contemporary Music Festival and founder and curator of the regular new music series Kammer Klang at Cafe Oto.