Virginia Firnberg conceived of the idea of WAVYLINE and is the director. Virginia gained an LLCM in piano and composition from The London College of Music, also winning several composition prizes including The Lillian Hunt prize which awarded her further study with Herbert Brün at The University of Illinois, and led to an MA in composition at Michigan State University. As a composer Virginia's interests span from Jazz, Contemporary-Classical and Popular music to the visual arts and poetry. Her compositions include chamber, vocal and piano works and have been performed many times, most notably by the Chamber Ensemble Lontano.
Virginia has led workshops in diverse settings and across several disciplines, including: Sound of Summer Workshop in conjunction with the William Morris Museum in Walthamstow; AURALEYE exhibition and performance of graphic scores, at Morley College as part of 'The Engine Room Festival'; Inter-generational Interaction and Cross Cultural Communication at The San Sebastian Cultural Centre, Spain 2011; Encuentro Internacional con Escritoras, 2009 demonstrating music techniques for Spanish novelists to use at the Mujeres Creadoras festival.
From 2004-2014, Virginia was head of The Access to Music Course at Morley College in Lambeth, London. In this capacity, Virginia lectured in: composition; musicianship; study skills for musicians; piano; learn to read music and differentiation training for Morley College staff training days. In addition, she developed courses; devised exams; auditioned and recruited for the course; marked final exams and put on many concerts, open days and training days. It is this deep educational knowledge that she will bring to WAVYLINE.
'... The course was informative and inspirational. Virginia is an experienced and gifted educator with an ability to instil confidence by generating an open and accepting environment which enables free and uninhibited creative expression.'
Composition Seminar Student
Morley College 2013
In addition, Virginia is also a published poet: her poetry has appeared in many publications including: FLOATING CAPITAL, an anthology of new poets from London (Potes and Poets Press). Virginia was also in the innovative sound poetry duo 'Stress' with the poet Adrian Clarke, for several years.
Stace Constantinou is a composer of contemporary classical instrumental, electroacoustic music, and a sonic artist. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including philosophy, mathematics and patterns he works with the defining materials of our day: complexity in music creation, acute analysis, multidimensional musical space, music objects, sound objects, post-tonal techniques, modified spectralism, microtonalism and computer-aided composition. He has written works for solo instrument, ensemble, tape (electroacoustic music), radiophonic, and soundscape; typically his music combines some or all of these elements.
Having been commissioned to compose for film, radio drama, and theatre as well as the concert hall, his works have been performed on BBC radio 3, and radio 4 as well as at concerts and festivals in the UK, Europe and Australia. His aesthetic is unorthodox and may at any time sound spontaneously beautiful, clangourous, sparse, visceral, complex, minimal or expressive.
As a qualified educator, he has fifteen years experience of teaching music at UK colleges and universities to a diverse range of students, from a variety of backgrounds and to all ages.
He works and lives in London and has recently successfully completed a PhD in music composition under the tutelage of Dr Paul Archbold.