24 January 2017
Classical:NEXT Fellows: Kaylie Melville and Leah Blankendaal
Australian participants in the 2017 Classical:NEXT Fellows Programs have been selected from a highly competitive field of applicants. Two Australians, composer and broadcaster Leah Blankendaal (SA) and percussionist Kaylie Melville (VIC), will participate in the program in Rotterdam in May, supported with funds from APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.
In addition to attending Classical:NEXT and taking advantage of mentoring and networking opportunities available to all Fellows, Leah Blankendaal will also be presenting one of the event's Network Meetings together with composer Lisa Cheney. Blankendaal's itinerary in Europe also includes meetings and interviews in London and composition lessons in the Netherlands and the UK (with composer and sound artist Alison Isadora and composer Simon Emmerson, respectively), among others. Kaylie Melville's attendance at Classical:NEXT will focus on building European networks for the Rubiks Collective, an ensemble Melville co-directs in Melbourne, ahead of a planned European tour in mid-2018.
The panel convened to rank the expressions of interest for the Fellowships involved Genevieve Lacey, Sally Howland, Martel Ollerenshaw, Marshall McGuire, and Paul Mason.
> For more information about the Fellowships, see this earlier news article on Resonate (29 November)
Leah Blankendaal - homepage (https://leahblankendaal.com)
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