We are delighted to announce the 15 composers and creative artists who will be its New Voices 2018, and the first group to go through this brand new artist development programme.

All 15 composers are creating work across a very broad range of musical genres but they share a deep commitment to critical engagement with their practice. They all want to make changes to, and effect development within, their work. They are learners who cultivate their craft and we hope to be worthy of the trust they have placed in us to work alongside them.

New Voices is our major artist development programme, lasting 18 months with an annual intake. It draws on the models from our previous Embedded, Portfolio and Pathways programmes, and on the partnerships and expertise nurtured through these schemes.

The New Voices 2018 composers are: Vicki Bennett, Stuart Brown, Bex Burch, David Austin Grey, Alex Ho, Edmund Hunt, Johnny Hunter, Andy Ingamells, Liz Johnson, Marcus Joseph, Eunseog Lee, Daniel McBride, Eska Mtungwazi, Supriya Nagarajan and Gugak Sounds.



Vicki Bennett has been working across the field of audio-visual collage. Working under the name People Like Us, Vicki specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio.

Read Vicki's profile

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Stuart Brown is a drummer, percussionist, composer, music producer. He specialises in hybrid electroacoustic drumming and creates live reactive audiovisual drum performances under the moniker MNDMTH, a practice which he devised and developed during New Voices 2018.

Read Stuart's profile

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Bex Burch is the band leader of Vula Viel, a trio consisting of Ruth Goller on bass and Jim Hart on drums. She plays the Gyil Xylophone, an instrument she built herself under the tutelage of Ghanaian instrument makers, and released her second EP ‘What’s Not Enough About That’ as part of New Voices.

Read Bex's profile

David Austing Grey playing the piano

David Austin Grey is a UK based pianist, composer and educator working across multiple musical disciplines. He has worked throughout the UK and performed internationally, including residencies and collaborations in Brazil, The United States and South Asia.

Read David's profile

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Alex Ho is a Chinese-British composer based in London. He is the co-director of Tangram, a new music collective catalysing transnational imagination and celebrating the vitality of Chinese cultures.

Read Alex's profile

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Edmund Hunt is a British composer who is inspired by the early medieval literature of northern Europe, and his PhD explored this area through the creation of vocal, instrumental and electronic works. 

Read Edmund's profile

Johnny Hunter on the drums
Johnny Hunter is a northern UK-based drummer and composer who comes from a background of both the Avant-Garde and the more mainstream Jazz. His runs his own “chordless” quartet, set up to explore the freedom and limitations of having no chordal instrument

Read Johnny's profile

Andy Ingamells on the piano

Andy Ingamells is an experimental musician who develops unusual methods of composition that blur the line between composer and performer. His is a musical practice that does not privilege the sounding result, but sees it as one amongst many different and equal possibilities.

Read Andy's profile


Liz’s on-going collaborative project Scintilla explores interior and exterior worlds through poetry, music, live electronics, dance and film, working alongside choreographer Dane Hurst.

Read Liz's profile

Marcus playing saxophone (B&W image)
Marcus teaches and composes in a warm fusion of Jazz, reggae, hip-hop and contemporary music. As part of New Voices he is creating his debut album, scheduled for release in 2020.

Read Marcus' profile

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Eunseog Lee read music at King’s College London, where he studied composition under Rob Keeley and Joseph Phibbs. He graduated with First Class Honours in 2015 then completed his postgraduate studies in composition with Robert Saxton and Martyn Harry at the University of Oxford in 2017.

Read Eunseog's profile


Daniel is a contemporary composer and an electro-acoustic composer that aims to explore cross-genre collaborations between London’s classical music scene and the Underground queer scene.

Read Daniel's profile

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Eska Mtungwazi, known professionally as Eska, is a London-born British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Mtungwazi grew up in South-East London of Zimbabwean parents who moved to the city with her and her siblings when she was two.

Read Eska's profile

Supriya Nagarajan profile photo
Supriya Nagarajan is a classically-trained Carnatic singer who is inspired by her South Asian roots and a drive to work with new ideas, forms and aesthetics from across the world. She is also founder and CEO of Manasamitra, an artist-led organisation based in West Yorkshire.

Read Supriya's profile

Gugak Sounds / Damilola Eniola profile photo
Gugak Sounds (Damilola Eniola) is a composer who specialises in challenging the gap between various genres and styles of music in the world by bringing together of various cultures in her works. She continues to look for dynamic ways of mixing music of various cultures through her experiences. 

Read Damilola's profile

Shortlisting Panel

Sound and Music would like to thank our New Voices panel for the work they put into the process of shortlisting. The panel was led by Richard Whitelaw (former Director of Programmes) alongside:

Ailís Ní Ríain
Annie Mahtani
Corey Mwamba
Hannah Kendall
Joe Thwaites

Read more about the selection panel


Applications are now closed. To read more about the application process and context for New Voices 2018, you can visit our old New Voices 2018 Application Page.

Visit our New Voices page for more information on our most recent open call.

Application Data

Our former Director of Programmes, Richard Whitelaw, reflects on the data from the New Voices 2018 application process.

Read our Reflections On Applicant Data for New Voices 2018

Thank you to our funders

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See also

New Voices 2020 collage

Alice Boyd, Georgia Denham, Tamsin Elliott, Cassandra Gurling, Elijah Maja, Frazer Merrick, Shirley Tetteh and Melanie Wilson.

Meet the New Voices 2020

New Voices 2019 collage

Sharon Gal, Emily Levy, Jamie Hamilton, Lisa Busby, Max Syedtollan, Mella Faye, Otto Willberg, Marv Radio

Meet the New Voices 2019

Compose Curator collage

Explore some of the work of our Audience Engagement team, including events by our Composer-Curators.

Learn more about our audience engagement programme