Matt Wright
Matt WrightGuest Artistic Director 2014
Matt works as a composer, improviser and sound artist at the edges of concert and club culture, his output stretching from scores for early music ensembles and contemporary chamber groups to digital improvisation, turntablism, website installations and large events combining DJs, new music performers and digital media. Whilst he is active as a composer and performer across the UK, his work is better-known in mainland Europe, and increasingly in Australia and the USA. Breakdown was performed by Ensemble Offspring at the Sydney Opera House last March, Totem for Gobi-New York was commissioned by the MATA Festival in New York, he collaborated on a recent sound installation in Vietnam, and a 2-hour feature on his work was broadcast on national Australian radio last December. Matt is a Reader in Composition and Sonic Art at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Peter Bolton
Peter BoltonChair of Sounds New
After a degree in Music at Cardiff University and postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music, Peter Bolton started a career in arts management in 1985. His early career was spent in short term contracts with various festivals in this country and abroad before a stint as Tour Manager for The Academy of Ancient Music. He has been the Music Officer for Southern Arts Board, Concert Hall Manager for the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton and Chief Executive & Artistic Director of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. From 2004 – 2008 he ran his own business, Ovation, which included programming the International Orchestral Series at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham and Artistic Director of Petworth Festival as well as providing consultancy services to arts organisations throughout England. In September 2008 he took up the post of Chief Executive of Kent Music.

He has recently become the Chair of Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival in Canterbury and is a member of the Consultative Council of Music Mark, the new UK Association for Music Education.

Peter Cook
Peter CookEducation Project Leader
Peter is a music practitioner who has been based in Kent for 20 years. In 2002 he set up ‘Big Bash Music Company Ltd’, which runs community projects in the South East. In 2003, Peter began working with Creative Partnerships as one of their project leaders.
Daniel Harding
Daniel HardingArtistic Advisor & Outreach
Deputy Director of University of Kent music, Daniel read music at York university (specialising in French piano repertoire) and was also awarded a Major Research Fellowship in Conducting. His spectrum of interest is wide, ranging from conducting new music ensembles to founding the Early Classical Orchestra, focusing on historically-informed performances from the period as well as the Cecilian Choir. He has been a lecturer in Music for ten years in Further Education. Daniel is an experienced accompanist and repetiteur. He is also a keen jazz pianist, instigating the popular ‘Jazz @ 5’ series in the Gulbenkian Theatre. He also writes and edits the department blog, Music Matters and blogs about choral music at the University on Cantus Firmus.
Jack Hues
Jack HuesArtistic Advisor
Jack Hues (real name: Jeremy Ryder) studied composition at Goldsmith’s College, London and at the Royal College of Music, London. He went on to have worldwide success with the rock band Wang Chung during the 1980’s. His movie credits include the soundtrack “To Live And Die in LA” – dir: William Friedkin (1985) and “Act of Memory” – dir: Jack Ryder (2011). His songs have appeared in numerous movies including “The Breakfast Club” (1986), “The Fighter” (2010) and in TV series including “The Walking Dead” (2010). World-wide chart successes include “Dance Hall Days” (1984) and “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (1986) and collaborations include Tony Banks (Genesis), Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears) and Eg White (Adele). Jack founded The-Quartet with Sam Bailey in 2005. They recorded 2 albums, both produced by Chris Hughes for his Helium record label, to wide critical acclaim. A new album by Wang Chung called “Tazer Up!” was released in December 2012, has also received wide critical acclaim with a US tour planned for this summer. Jack teaches Songwriting at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Professor Paul Patterson
Professor Paul PattersonArtistic Advisor
Paul Patterson is one of the most versatile and successful British composers of his generation. He has been featured composer at many festivals both in the UK and abroad, and he has also been BBC Composer of the Week. Paul has produced a number of significant works that are frequently performed by leading performers in major concert halls around the world. As an example of challenging but idiomatic writing many of his solo pieces have been chosen as set pieces for international competitions in Europe, Australia, Israel, Thailand and USA. Recent CD releases include the “Phoenix Concerto” with the ECO, 3 string concertos (Violin, Viola and Cello) Orchestra Nova, his complete Organ music with Michael Bonaventure and on Channel Classics his “Bugs” and “Spiders” for solo harp with Lavinia Meijer.

He is Manson Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Visiting Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music and Canterbury Christ Church University. His awards include the PRS/RPS Leslie Boosey Award (1996) in recognition of his exceptional service to British music and in 2010 he was awarded the Gold Medal from the Polish Ministry of Culture.

Professor Roderick Watkins
Professor Roderick WatkinsArtistic Advisor
Roderick studied composition in the USA (Oberlin), in France (IRCAM) and at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Hans Werner Henze and Paul Patterson. His work includes an opera, Ther Juniper Tree, commissioned by the Munich Biennale. Roderick is head of Arts and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University.


Hazel Stone
Hazel StoneCurator, Sidney Cooper Gallery

Hazel Stone is an artist, lecturer and curator based in the South East and has been curating the contemporary arts exhibition programme at the Sidney Cooper Gallery for the last four years.

Hazel studied fine art at Kent Institute of Art and Design and gained a commendation at Masters level at Canterbury Christ Church University for her research in Memory and the Sculptural Void.

Having won awards from English Heritage for her site specific sculpture she has recently developed her practice to investigate the cross over’s between literary art, performance, multi media installation and new research into the potential of social media tools and live art.

Current work also includes kinetic sculptures which depict opera arias and Fugitive Pigments, a film based on two parallel stories, one myth and one remembered of Folkestone in the 80’s working with writer and composer Tania Holland Williams.

Having worked with the award winning arts company Strange Cargo, Hazel continues to develop innovative ideas for bringing new audiences to the arts and developing creative ways in which to produce artworks in unusual locations.

Hazel is also an associate lecturer at Chelsea School of Art teaching courses on exhibition design and delivery and is a director of the multi-disciplinary arts company Curious Planet.

Sam Bailey
Sam BaileyConsultant

Biography coming soon.

Patricia Debney
Patricia DebneyConsultant

Patricia Debney was born in Texas and moved to the UK in 1988, soon after graduating from Oberlin College. Her first collection of prose poems, How to Be a Dragonfly (Smith Doorstop Books, 2005), was the overall winner of the 2004 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. She has also published a novel, Losing You (bluechrome, 2007). Her second collection of prose poems, Littoral, was written while on a residency in a beach hut, becoming a response to her young son’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. Her poems and short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals as well as online. Some of her poems have been set for solo voice and she has also translated and adapted texts to create libretti for chamber opera and small ensembles. She is a founding member of the publishing collective WordAid, and in 2007/08 she was the first Canterbury Laureate. Since then she has delivered readings and led numerous interdisciplinary writing projects, mainly in collaboration with city and local councils, universities, the Canterbury Festival and the Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival. She has taught creative writing for over 20 years across all levels and stages: for Arvon, adult education, in prisons and in schools. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, where she particularly relishes teaching prose poetry and translation. She lives in Canterbury with her composer partner and their two teenage children.

Andy Birtwistle
Andy BirtwistleConsultant

Andy has a BA in Radio, Film and Television Studies, an MA in Arts Criticism from City University, London, and a PhD in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London.

While specialising in film sound, Andy’s research engages with a range of subjects, including avant-garde film, video art, sonic arts and culture, and Taiwan cinema. His book Cinesonica: Sounding film and video (Manchester University Press, 2010) explores previously neglected and under-theorised aspects of film and video sound, drawing on detailed case study analyses of Hollywood cinema, art cinema, animated cartoons and artists’ film and video.

In addition to writing, Andy’s research also embraces practice-based based forms of scholarship. He is a filmmaker and sound artist whose work has been broadcast and exhibited internationally. His production work explores art historical issues of modernism through creative production in sound and moving image. Work in this area includes sound installations, live performance and radio broadcasts. His video work has been screened in galleries and on television in the UK, and at international and domestic film festivals.

Andy is the Department of Media’s Practice-based Research Coordinator. He also leads, an international research network project investigating theory-practice interchange in creative media production.

Dr. Rosemary DunnEducation

Ro has huge experience in teaching every age-group and ability-range, including Special Needs, Kinder Music, Diploma students and the University of the Third Age. Her speciality in creative group music-making and individual composition with school students led to a period as Consultant for BBC TV and Radio music education programmes.

David Herd
David HerdConsultant
David Herd is a poet, critic and teacher. He has given readings and lectures in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, the USA and the UK,  and his poems, essays and reviews have been widely published in magazines, journals and newspapers. His collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet, 2012) and Outwith (Bookthug, 2012). He is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent, where he directs the Centre for Modern Poetry. 




Willie Cooper
Willie CooperAdministrator
Willie is a long-term member of the Sounds New team and has been responsible for fundraising, financial strategy and media coverage. Willie also works with the Deal Festival of Music and the Arts and Canterbury Choral society. She will now be working as administrator for Sounds New leading up to the 2014 Festival.
John Perfect
John PerfectChairman of SN Friends
John studied music after retiring from his career as a scientist involved with agricultural development in the Third World. This included 10 years living Africa and Asia and many short-term overseas assignments. After a lifelong involvement in amateur music making, mainly saxophone, recorder and jazz piano, he studied bassoon and gained an MMus in Composition at Canterbury Christ Church. He is active in several local ensembles and currently plays bassoon with Canterbury Orchestra and chairs Canterbury Music Makers.
Peter Cook
Peter CookEducation Project Leader
As above.

Patrons of Sound New Contemporary Music Festival

Nigel Douglas – Opera Singer & Writer

John Harle – composer and saxophonist

John Wallace OBE – Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Very Reverend Robert Willis  – Dean of Canterbury Cathedral

Professor Michael Wright CBE – Recently retired Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University and Vice Chairman of The Canterbury Festival

Sounds New Board of Directors

Peter Bolton (Chair) – Chief Executive of Kent Music.

Nicholas Cleobury – founder member of Sounds New and conductor.

Richard Finn – management consultant and Chair of Kent Music.

Ian Odgers – Ian is the founder of a large, prestigious recruitment agency in London. He is involved in many charitable activities, and is Vice-Chair of the New Marlowe Theatre project in Canterbury.

Roderick Watkins – Professor of Composition; Dean of Arts & Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University (more details above).