Taking contemporary classical music out of the concert hall

Gillian Moore shares her longtime experience at ‘Kom je ook?’ 2

The program for the second edition of Kom je ook? on September 8th 2009 is complete!

Gillian Moore, Head of Contemporary Culture at Southbank Centre London will be our second keynote speaker next to Frankie Roberto. Moore already dedicated 25 years of her career to bringing contemporary classical music into the community. Approaching target groups ranging from primary school students to prisoners.

Her aim is to present contemporary classical music in ways that attracts all kinds of people, through innovative programming and creating unexpected connections between genres and art-forms. And presenting music in different forms; the sound of 100 metronomes, or music as laughter, using teeth to replicate physical sounds.


Gillian Moore - photo by Morley von Stemberg Morley von Stemberg

Gillian Moore is a key figure in contemporary music and music education in the UK. She joined the South Bank Centre as Head of Contemporary Culture in 2006, before which time she had a long association with both Southbank Centre and the London Sinfonietta. She was the Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta from 1998 to 2006, combining that post with running the audience development programme Inside Music at the Royal Festival Hall and being a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music. In 1998 she was also Artistic Director of the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester. She was Head of Education at the South Bank Centre from 1993 to 1998, developing an approach that integrated educational and artistic activity. From 1983 to 1993, she was the Education Officer at London Sinfonietta, the first such post of its kind in the UK, and she initiated work with contemporary music in schools, prisons and in the wider community. During her career, Gillian has collaborated with many of the great musical and artistic figures of our age, from Luciano Berio to Radiohead, from Harrison Birtwistle to Squarepusher, from Steve Reich to Akram Khan. She has commissioned many significant new works as well as creating opportunities for artists to reach the widest possible audiences with their work.

In 1991 Gillian was awarded the Sir Charles Groves Award for services to British music, in 1992 she was created an Honorary Member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in 1994 she was awarded an MBE for services to music and education. She received the Association of British Orchestras Award in 1998 for contribution to British orchestral life, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2000. She was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2003 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University in 2006. Gillian regularly writes and broadcasts about music. In particular, she is a regular contributor to BBC Television’s coverage of The Proms. Gillian is a council member of the Royal College of Music and of the Royal Philharmonic Society.