Welcome to The Modern Music Society
The society is aimed at anyone who has an interest in post-1900 music or those who are looking to experience a new way of playing and hearing music. The society is comprised of a sinfonietta and chamber groups that vary according to the repertoire and perform regularly in concerts throughout the year. The group encourages composers to join as we make a point of engaging with works written from the college’s own students, along with encouraging writing on modern music through our frequent newsletters. The society hopes to take the fear out of the word modern when applied to the arts.
To join our mailing list please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title ‘Mailing List’
As a member of the society and a part of the mailing list, you will receive bi-weekly news letters that will detail everything happening with the MMS over the coming weeks and also provide an opportunity for publication of new writings on all facets of modern music. Similarly, through our mailing list, you will also receive emails detailing performances of modern music in London and surrounding areas, as well as other modern music-related events.
Projects and Widening Participation
A Modern Song Project: Is a new programme run by the MMS in order to pair King’s composers with writers at King’s and through a variety of workshops with professional composers and writers we aim to help each pair of creators write a song which will form part of a wider song cycle. The project starts with the opening event on the 4th of October, applications for this project should be completed via the google form by Monday the 30th of September at midday with successful applicants being alerted on Wednesday the 2nd of October. We strongly encourage everyone to apply for the project even with little to no composition or writing experience the project is aimed to help nurture all abilities.
To apply for the Scheme use this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvGI4uUsrA4MiSNu70_4nLVnS7H5GL3vObgTLy_NCc0YUoJw/viewform
Widening Participation: Through the year there will be a variety of opportunities to promote music through educational concerts and widening participation events with people outside of KCL. With the Modern Music Society entering into a partnership with surrounding schools and music schemes to aid students in their music studies through helpful sessions. If you are interested in getting involved with any of these schemes keep an eye on our newsletter and facebook page or alternatively email email@example.com with the subject title ‘Widening Participation’
Ensembles and Auditions
We have a variety of ensembles to get involved in with the MMS, from a plethora of small chamber ensembles to our larger groups such as our Sinfonietta and starting later in the year our Choir.
Sinfonietta: Functions as a modern symphony orchestra, with a focus on repertoire composed post-1900 with rehearsals taking place on Friday evenings (Venue TBC). Auditions for the Sinfonietta will take place from the 30th of September until the 3rd of October. For the audition two pieces of self-selected repertoire (preferably post 1900 although not mandatory) and both of the orchestral excerpts found at (https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1AmOlcwN2rakf40hR8fsK6acBwN7TDpCe) if you are auditioning with an auxiliary instrument (such as piccolo) then both excerpts should be prepared and the additional auxiliary except should also be prepared (no solo repertoire needed for an auxiliary instrument)
Sign up for a sinfonietta audition at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNt_RcVqESN-6V2eCozn7zKdl7DNrEJ0VjNYNR5RIUy1u9cQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
The MMS will also be open to pitches for new ensembles that will receive some financial support throughout the year and a wider variety of performance opportunities. We are also happy to accept applications from people who wish to start an ensemble but do not yet have all the players, as we are able and happy to help with locating extra players. Applications being submitted via the google form by midday on Monday the 30th of September 2019, and interviews taking place Friday the 4th of October.
Ensemble Pitch Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiNwKFGZz7wStKPRZz642r5wTYBYpAJt9aE7m-jgI9BgJYLQ/viewform
We have regular concerts throughout the year both at King’s and elsewhere in London. Each semester is made of two main concerts one concert focused on new music which will happen midway through the semester, and a larger concert made up of larger-scale works which come at the end of each semester. There is also the opportunity to get involved in lunchtime concerts and smaller concerts throughout the year. There is also the opportunity to get involved in the annual piano concert which will be taking place after Christmas, players and repertoire for which will be planned through the weekly pianist's workshops.
Pianist and Composer Workshops
Practical Piano Workshop will run every Thursday evening on the Strand Campus and will provide an opportunity for pianists of all abilities to meet and workshop many skills that are required in a modern pianist, with workshops with professionals happening throughout the year to develop an awareness of extended techniques and other piano related abilities. For more information about these workshops email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Piano Workshop’ and look out for further information on social media and in our newsletter.
Composer workshops happen more sporadically throughout the year with our two composer workshop concerts happening throughout the year, where composers can submit new works and have them workshopped but two professional composers. There will also be smaller workshops whereby composers will be able to learn specific compositional techniques to help them with writing further compositions. If you are interested in this look out for further information on social media and the newsletter.
Socials and Wellbeing
We have many socials throughout the year, both directly related to modern music and others being more relaxed gatherings of society members. To hear about the socials subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on social media.
Also, throughout the year the MMS will be holding a series of wellbeing initiatives, from Alexander technique workshops to workshops on dealing with performance anxiety. Through exam seasons MMS will also be holding regular wellbeing socials where many more topics will be explored.
From all of us here at the modern music society we would like to thank you for reading our page and hope to see you at many of our events throughout the year!!
So from all of us at MMS thank you
KCL Modern Music Society
President - Jonathan Davies
Treasurer - Anna Nicholl
Secretary - Eimear McCann
Musical Director - Rita Fernandes
Assistant Musical Director - Oran Johnson
Piano Director - Jia Yi Lee
Outreach Officer - Zack Dickerson