Cut & Splice

Cut & Splice is as an acclaimed international festival of sound art and experimental music presented by Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3. Composers are invited to lead on the curation and production of the festival, as part of Sound and Music’s wider Composer-Curator touring programme. Performances and artist interviews are broadcast on Radio 3’s flagship contemporary music show, Hear and Now.


Composer-Curator is Sound and Music’s national new-music touring programme. First launched in 2013, it supports entrepreneurial artists from a range of disciplines looking to create their own opportunities by curating their own events – tours, festivals and concert series – and thus celebrates a step of change in the world of live music touring. Composer-Curator not only creates a space for artists to produce new work; it enables them to hone their curational skills, generating a more sustainable form of practice that can positively impact the new music sector as a whole.


Distractfold Ensemble, photograph by Dimitri Djuric

The Manchester-born ensemble Distractfold specialises in performing instrumental, electro-acoustic and mixed chamber music of the 21st century. In 2014 Distractfold became the first ever UK ensemble to be awarded the Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation at the 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt. In 2016 it returned to Darmstadt, presenting two programmes of music at the Centralstation and curating a CD featuring remixes and reworkings of the festival’s 70-year archives.


The ensemble’s past seasons include concerts at KLANG Festival in Copenhagen, NeoArte New Music Festival in Gdańsk, Outer Ear Series at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and the Kammer Klang concert series at Cafe Oto, London. The group has been in residence at the University of Huddersfield and Brunel University in London, and is ensemble in residence of the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio. In 2016 Distractfold was invited to be a resident ensemble for the Harvard Group for New Music, and will return to the US in 2017 for a residence at Stanford University.

Sound and Music

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music. Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators. Our work includes composer and artist support and development, partnerships with a range of organisations, live events and audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. We champion new music and the work of British composers and artists, and seek to ensure that they are at the heart of cultural life and enjoyed by many.


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BBC Radio 3

Since it launched in 1946, the Third Programme/BBC Radio 3 has been a bold pioneer in the cultural world. It is one of the world’s foremost presenters, creators, commissioners and curators across classical, folk, world, jazz and contemporary music as well as drama, philosophy and ideas. The station is also the most significant commissioner of new and contemporary music in the UK, with 35 new works commissioned annually, and broadcasts over 600 concerts a year, including live broadcasts from the greatest classical music festival in the world (BBC Proms). Radio 3’s In Concert programme alone reaches the equivalent of 250 packed concert halls a week, and the BBC Orchestras and Choirs give around 400 concerts a year in over 60 UK locations. The station has always nurtured extraordinary artistic talents, provided a platform for important scientific and political debates and announcements, and broadcast ground-breaking experimental drama – always while delivering its core aim of connecting audiences with pioneering music and culture.

Hear & Now
BBC Radio 3

Hear and Now is Radio 3’s primary contemporary music programme, featuring live performances and studio sessions from the best new groups, and premiering works commissioned by the BBC.

Festival Team


Linda Jankowska, executive director & artistic director for
Mauricio Pauly, artistic director for instrumental and mixed music
Sam Salem, artistic director for electroacoustic and mixed music
Danny Saul, technical director
Sam Weaver, sound engineer
Guillaume Dujat Des Alimes, technical assistant
Louis d’Heudieres, stage direction assistance on Takasugi


Emily Moore, production director
Marie Faucher, production assistant
Lucy Armstrong, production assistant
Diego Vargas, artwork
Ismini Adami, typography
Jérémie Wenger, website design
Dave Smyth, website build
Natalia Jara-Vargas, video teaser
Dimitri Djuric, photography
Alice Purton, social media & promotion
Emma Richards, rehearsal logistics
Rocio Bolaños, logistical support

Thank you to the University of Manchester, NOVARS Research Centre, the University of Huddersfield, HISS, the University of Central Lancashire and Canterbury Christ Church University for their support in the production of this festival.