London Ear is a festival of recent music from around the world, founded in 2013 by its current Artistic Directors, the composers Gwyn Pritchard and Andrea Cavallari.
It presents world class musicians from many countries, performing works that reflect recent developments, some of which are not yet widely represented in the UK. It also programmes both established and neglected works from the past forty years. Some events connect to the world of visual art, and there is always a Festival Exhibition.
In addition to hosting an International Composers’ Competition, London Ear strives to encourage musical creativity in the younger generations, with a Featured Young Performer project for instrumentalists embarking on a professional career, workshops and masterclasses for students, performance opportunities for emerging composers and performers, and workshops for children.
The Festival Club creates opportunities for the public to meet performers and composers in a relaxed, friendly environment, to attend talks and rehearsals, and study or buy scores and recordings. The Club is also host to the Festival Exhibition, and offers food and refreshments.
Since 2014 London Ear is to be a biennial festival. In the intervening years the promoters sometimes present a smaller event entitled ‘Between the (Y)Ears’ reflecting the same artistic commitments.
To read a detailed description of London Ear’s musical objectives download the file LEF Objectives