An Illuminated sign, which translates the Arabic phrase to ‘People of Determination’ — on the left of the sign is ‘15’ and underneath the accessibility sign

No-one can say 2020 has been a boring year. Many can say 2020 has been a crazy year, and very few can say 2020 has been a positive year. Britain’s Disability History Month (18th November-20th December) is in a truly curious position. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Both of these acts, mark what is arguably the greatest advance in civil rights disabled people have witnessed in history. They came with promise, that any citizen no matter their circumstance was granted the…


An image of the Cosy Nook, Aldeburgh — A small cottage surrounded by greenery

Since the 31st August, I have been hiding away in the Cosy Nook, thanks to being awarded residency time to compose a new work for Quadra Quartet. This time was preceded by a lot of anticipation and excitement, firstly because I have never been given residency time like this before, to just compose something I want to do. Secondly, I was eager to explore a part of England I have had no interaction with before arriving here. …


Now that the video is publicly available, I wanted to reflect a little bit on my recent work ‘will we…’ written for Georgina Aasgaard, for cello and electronics.

Dutch Resistance Fighters

The circumstance of the commission was this — something to conclude the two minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday. The performance was to take place as part of the ‘Breaking the Silence’ event curated by the Imperial War Museum North and Drake Music.

Such a circumstance, was difficult, mostly because I have very particular vision and understanding of this part of history; but I did not want to come off sanctimonious, disrespectful, or…


2020 has started with a bang, an entire continent on fire, Trump running us into World War III, and Britain has doomed itself to a few more years of Tory rule. The wider socio-political dynamic is remarkable, in a kind of sinister way. However, due to my kind of work, expertise, and direct sphere of influence; I will focus on a recent announcement from the Royal Opera House.

Image from Royal Opera House, GREAT Britain announcement.

On the 3rd January, the Royal Opera House announced it’s recent partnership with GREAT Britain campaign. For those who are unaware, the GREAT Britain campaign is a campaign to ‘celebrate’ Britain’s productivity…


I had been reflecting on thoughts around the social realism and music. Namely, the history of this movement is distorted heavily by discussions of censorship within the U.S.S.R. or meant with a cynicism implying the movement is just ‘conservative music painted red’. The flaw in both of these approaches is firstly the particular issues faced by music, namely how do you portray reality or ‘music of the people’ with sound? Secondly, these reductive criticisms ultimately negate the validity of the initial core of the movement; namely, art should be reflective of reality, highlighting the strength, sadness, beauty, and horror of…


The composer Gundega Šmite looking up towards the camera, wearing a green coat
The composer Gundega Šmite looking up towards the camera, wearing a green coat

While living in Vilnius, I produced a small blog called Baltic Musical Gems where I discussed the music I discovered and heard while living in the Baltic states.

Since moving to Glasgow, adding to that particular blog fell by the wayside as I was having to juggle my own attempts at finding work and various other issues.

However, after my recent trip to Riga, the Latvian composer Gundega Šmite reminded me that she had not managed to answer interview questions I asked her back in 2017. …


Today, I took the opportunity to visit a memorial of vital importance. The memorial to the Nazi’s euthanasia programme is important one because it stands on the site where hundreds of thousands of disabled — particularly those who fell under the ‘useless eater category’ — were murdered. Secondly, the memorial’s importance is simply because it is the only one in the world. I could spend a long time discussing this issue, however the reality is this is the first time I have stood somewhere where people purposely tried to eradicate people like myself. …


Firstly, apologies for the title but this simple set-up does begin to highlight the problem. With polemics and discussions online becoming more heated, divisive, and purely slanderous, we have all been witness to posts when someone’s statement/comment was shouted down for being a ‘retarded’ opinion. Or politicians have been described as idiots, insane, mentally unstable, or simple loony.

Now this is not going to be a feel good talk about how words hurt, as ultimately I personally do not care what you call me. Secondly, I would rather change the state of society first before we focus on linguistics. …


Wholesome image, showing a medication box with cat-like pills in it. The label reads ‘If you can’t make your own neurotransmitters, store-bought is fine.’

I have been on fluoxetine since March. Growing up I was always aware of various medications, mostly due to my Mam’s immuno-suppressants, as well as my Grandma needing the various medication she needed. Until March, beyond medicine to deal with a cold/flu, I had never had any need for medication. It has been an interesting journey so far, mostly because it has shown sides to me I was not aware of, and it also highlighted things that are never really discussed when on antidepressants.

So my first few days on the medication, were blurry to say the least. I was…


After spending an extremely positive time in Sheffield recording with the Ligeti Quartet, I had the joys of an eight hour bus journey back to Glasgow, and during it I had the chance to just listen to music. It has been a while since I was in a position where I could just listen for a day and just listen. It was rejuvenating to say the least.

While listening away, I thought to myself I really should write about pieces that particularly stick with me. Since I effectively stopped adding things to my blog about Baltic music just writing about…

Ben Lunn

Described as a Composer of Life music. Conducts and Lectures sometimes. Up to shenanigans with @HEB_Ensemble and #ActuallyAutistic

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