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  • Claudia Molitor

    Claudia Molitor

    Composer Biography

    Claudia Molitor is a composer, artist and academic whose work draws on the traditions of contemporary classical music but extends to video, performance and fine art practices. Her work often becomes a site where conventions of notation and performance, and qualifications and hierarchies of listening and seeing are interrogated. Exploring the spaces between notions of artistic disciplines is central to her work.

    Claudia’s work is regularly performed and broadcast throughout Europe. It has been heard at festivals such as Wien Modern, hcmf//, Spor, Tete a Tete, the BBC Proms, Sonica, November Music and sound, and at gallery events such as at Turner Margate, Bold Tendencies and ICA. Commissioners include the London Sinfonietta, hcmf//, the BBC and Cryptic. Recordings have been included in releases on the Jerwood Series, NMC Recordings, ORF 1 and Sub Rosa.

    She often works collaboratively with artists such as choreographers Anna Koch (WELD in Stockholm) and Richard Alston (The Richard Alston Dance Company in London), video artists including Brian McClave from Red-Ochre Productions, and theatre and opera director Dan Ayling.

    Recent work includes 2TwoLO for the Objects at an Exhibition project, The Singing Bridge in collaboration with Somerset House and Totally Thames and Sonoramo, a work for the rail journey from St Pancras to Margate with David Hendy, Electra Productions, Turner Contemporary, Southeastern Rail, The British Library, Uniform Books and Hornby.

    In the past she co-founded and run Soundwaves Festival in Brighton and is currently working, together with artist Julie Louise Bacon, towards the launch of a new interdisciplinary music and art festival in Kent called TÖNE.

    She is lecturer of music at the University of Kent.


  • Shortlisted 2016
    Category Sonic art
    Work Sonorama

    About this work

    Located on the train journey between London St Pancras and Margate, Sonorama is a major new audio work by composer Claudia Molitor that offers sounds and voices for the otherwise silent view from the train, downloadable as an App for listening with headphones.

    Imagining the journey itself as the ’score’ Molitor has composed a cycle of works and collected interviews, readings and original archival material which respond to the social history and present of the route. With each track relating to a different point or area along the train line, the work has been informed through a collaboration with historian David Hendy and the British Library. The tracks imagine topics as diverse as visio-centricity, Roman history and hop-picking with a corresponding variety of contributors such as flautist Jan Hendrickse, poet Lemn Sissay, saxophonist Evan Parker and writer Charlotte Higgins.

    The Sketch of the Score for Sonorama, exhibited at Turner Contemporary, is a graphic score of Molitor’s reading of the journey and underpins the thinking behind the compositions and the selection of the other materials that make up Sonorama, acting as a companion piece to experiencing the main work on the train.

    In developing the Sonorama I set out to intermingle my perception of the journey with some socio-cultural memories and contemporary concerns, in a way that does not merely present these notions/viewpoints but complicates rather than simplifies the way we might conceive of the journey. Listening to Sonorama whilst looking out of the train window in turn invites the audience to reflect on their own relationship to the journey and their experience of ’being in the world’. – Claudia Molitor