Transforming Futures

The Centre for Music performed a music composition called ‘Transforming Futures’ to celebrate the launch of UWE Bristol’s 2030 strategy.

'Transforming Futures' is a story of inspiration, revolutionary design and ultimately a recognition that connection to each other is at the heart of how we transform the future together.

'Transforming Futures' - the composition

Watch this interview about our 'Transforming Futures' composition piece for UWE Bristol with Vice Chancellor Steve West, Composer Phil Harper, UWE Bristol alumni and librettist Ellie Potts and CfM Senior Lecturer Steve Legge.

The music is written by Philip Harper, a graduate of Bristol University. The libretto is written by Ellie Potts, alumni of Creative and Professional Writing at the University of the West of England. Read the article in industry magazine 4 Bars Rest.

The work is dedicated to the story of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, his iconic suspension bridge, the impact he had on Bristol and how we can be inspired to work together to build a better future for everyone.

We are delighted that performers from across Bristol will be joining us for our very first live performance of the full 10-minute piece on Wednesday 16 March at St George's Bristol.

You can listen to our online recording of the three minute finale below.

Online performance video

Enjoy this stunning extract from our newly commissioned Transforming Futures composition with music by Phil Harper and libretto by Ellie Potts performed by UWE Orchestra and Singers.

More about the composition

Hear Ellie Potts talking about the creation of the Libretto and Philip Harper talking more about the composition of the Transforming Futures piece below.

Ellie Potts

Ellie talks about the creation of the Libretto.

Philip Harper

Philip talks about composing the 'Transforming Futures' piece.

Join our orchestra or choir and perform Transforming Futures

Want to join in? In 2022 our orchestra and classical choir performed the complete Transforming Futures composition at St George's in Bristol. Please email Centre for Music at to get involved in future performances.

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