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Stapleford Granary are delighted to be one of the six regional partners in the Big Lockdown Music Survey 


Together with NMC Recordings, we want to locate music creators, showcase their work and share their stories from the first national lockdown in 2020. The Big Lockdown Music Survey is a snapshot of a once-in-a-generation experience. It's a mass account of creativity, technical innovation and personal resilience.



If you created a piece of music during lockdown, we want to hear from you!


Applications open Monday 8 November - find out more HERE





Co-Artistic Directors for classical & new music: Kate Romano & Ian Buckle


​​Stapleford Granary is a beautiful, small semi-rural arts centre 5 miles south of Cambridge. Our ‘culturally curious’ spirit underpins our programming choices: we are interested in good music played by good musicians presented in ways which encourage conversation about the arts. Whether it’s new voices, lesser-known creators or music from the established repertoire, we aim to offer our audiences strong and imaginative combinations of works within a single programme and across our concert seasons.



Kate Romano, CEO of Stapleford Granary said:


'We're really excited to be part of this project, masterminded by NMC, the home of new music. Being asked to 'curate' a 60 minute listening experience is one of the nicest things to do and this particular framework enables and encourages us to think about music in different ways. Whilst many Open Calls focus on finding the 'best' work, compiling a whole sonic experience is likely to shift traditional hierarchies and allow more voices to be heard. A miniature written for whatever-is-to-hand or a creative field recording can tell the story of the lockdown as powerfully as a more substantial work for a professional ensemble or a sophisticated piece of technology. We really look forward to hearing your submissions'





Kate Romano is the CEO of Stapleford Granary.  She also has a 25-year career as a chamber musician and solo clarinetist. She has given over 150 world premieres and her recordings are broadcast on UK and international radio. A natural story-teller and endlessly curious about the wider arts, Kate works across many different disciplines. She writes and broadcasts regularly about music, mainly on BBC Radio 3. Driven to bring new music to more people, she founded Goldfield Productions in 2011 whose acclaimed touring productions have been seen by tens of thousands of people. Through Goldfield, Kate has commissioned many works and developed an approach of connecting new music to a wider culture via visual art, poetry, puppetry and technology. Kate was a senior member of staff at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for 13 years.  She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Cambridge University and holds a PhD in composition from Kings College London.


Ian Buckle is a pianist, teacher and the founder and artistic director of Pixels Ensemble. As a concerto soloist and orchestral pianist he has longstanding associations with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the John Wilson Orchestra. Committed to contemporary music, he has been the pianist in Ensemble 10/10 since the groups inception in 1997 and he pursues his passion for adventurous and innovative programming with 'musical explorers' Pixels Ensemble.  Ian frequently collaborates with poets and readers, most recently Andrew Motion, Roger McGough and Deryn Rees-Jones in recitals of piano music and poetry. His recordings include Pixels Ensemble’s debut release of sonatas and piano pieces by Debussy (Rubicon), an acclaimed disc of Montgeroult and Viotti sonatas with violinist Sophie Rosa, Dream Valley EP (also with Sophie Rosa), The Sunlight on the Garden (songs by Stephen Wilkinson) and a CD of new works for clarinet and piano Prism with Mark Simpson.