British Composition Season is a British Council Romania project which ran from 2010 until 2013. It consisted of three annual music seasons, each of which had four concerts.
The project not only gave Romanian music lovers a chance to learn about the British school of composition, but it was also a fantastic opportunity for Romanian and British musicians to collaborate on a long-term basis, offering a new perspective on art and its role today.
The project had the support of the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Philip Cashian, the head of composition at the Academy, as curator of the season's programme. The project was also supported by key institutions in Romania: Bucharest National University of Music, Radio România Muzical, George Enescu National Museum.
The first season, 2010 - 2011, was an overview of British contemporary composers, from all generations and conceptual orientations. It included a comprehensive selection of chamber works by 31 composers performed by the Romanian ensemble Profil Sinfonietta and coordinated by Dan Dediu.
The second season, 2011 - 2012, included four concerts curated by Philip Cashian, in a refreshing selection which focused on the works of British contemporary female composers.
The chamber works format was maintained, as well as the performance of the British compositions by Romanian musicians including Profil ensemble, Archaeus ensemble and Preludiu Chamber Choir. British cellist Oliver Coates and sound designer Jonathan Green joined for the opening concert, which also featured a multimedia component.
The third season, 2012-2013, focused on connections: voice-instrument / text-music. Instrumental and choral works contributed significantly to the series and Philip Cashian selected compositions inspired by literary texts.
The series of events organised by British Council Romania to celebrate Britten’s centenary began with a performance of "String Quartet no.3".
Some of the British composers whose works were performed during the project in Bucharest honoured us with their presence at the concerts – Philip Cashian, John Woolrich, Gary Carpenter, Tansy Davies, Helen Grime, Joe Cutler, Ivor Bonnici, Samuel Bordoli, Philip Dawson.
All three British Composition Seasons have been recorded on CDs and produced in partnership with Radio România Muzical and Radio România Foundation.