In 2014 Music Past & Present (Artistic Director Graham Williams) celebrates its 20th year of contemporary and classical music concerts. It was set up in 1994 as a non-profit making organisation.
Our aim is to encourage people who are hesitant about contemporary music to listen to recent compositions played by enthusiastic professionals within a programme which also contains more familiar classical pieces.
Each concert usually contains at least one first performance of a specially commissioned piece. We have commissioned over fifty new works from composers across the age range and from the very promising to the very experienced. A piece commissioned from Patrick Nunn for our 2006 series was awarded one of the first prizes in the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters Awards, organised in association with BBC Radio 3.
Our concerts try to break down some of the barriers surrounding classical and contemporary music by ensuring a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and by encouraging the composers of the commissioned works to briefly discuss them on stage beforehand.
For many years our concerts have taken place at Jacksons Lane Arts Centre in Highgate. However due to Jacksons Lane's own funding difficulties we have been obliged to move our venue. We are now organising a number of single concerts at the David Josefowitz Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in London on Sunday afternoons at 5pm.