About Us

Third Ear is run by Julia Haferkorn and Ed McKeon, two music professionals with extensive experience, expertise and networks across the new music scene. We produce and commission music and mixed media events, festivals and tours of the highest quality and provide guidance and support to other music professionals on a consultancy basis. We bring together new music professionals in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world by setting up collaborations and by providing a platform for discussion through regularly hosted conferences. We aim to explore new directions in performance and collaborative projects and to explore and develop new ways of presenting, programming and producing multi-disciplinary events.

We are thrilled to have been appointed Artistic Directors of the British Composer Awards, scheduled for 2 December in Goldsmiths Hall, London.

Julia Haferkorn

Julia Haferkorn has been working in the contemporary music sector for the past 20 years. Initially at Peters Edition, she promoted the music of Cage, Kagel and Ferneyhough. In 1998, Julia founded the artist agency Haferkorn Associates. Since then she has worked with a range of new music artists, including the Arditti Quartet, Apartment House, and Loré Lixenberg, and has set up concerts and tours all over Britain and world-wide. She was Project Manager for the Sound Circuit consortium of promoters and carried out the Arts Council England funded research project Mapping Contemporary Music Activity in Great Britain.Last year Julia wrote The Composer’s Toolkit, commissioned by Sound and Music, and she is currently working on a similar guide for producers. She studied at King’s College London, obtaining a BMus and an MMus in Music Theory and Analysis, while moonlighting as Producer for the BBC World Service.

j.haferkorn [at] thirdear.co.uk

Ed McKeon

Ed McKeon is an experienced music programmer, producer and commissioner, presenting over 200 events and commissioning over 100 works and new collaborations in the last 14 years across the range of new music. He is fascinated by the way music affects people and how society affects music. Ed has commissioned research on audiences and on music promotion in the UK, led the independent Sound Circuit consortium of promoters, was Development Manager for the London Sinfonietta, and ran both Oxford Contemporary Music and the Society for the Promotion of New Music. In addition to producing new work, he is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire, core tutor for the Music Management MA at Goldsmiths, and broadcaster. He is developing a theory of music curation for his PhD research at Birmingham City University. It perhaps says a lot that although he comes from Manchester, Ed supports Liverpool FC.

ed.mckeon [at] thirdear.co.uk


Previous Partners
  • Adam Mickiewicz Institute
  • Aldeburgh – Snape Proms
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio
  • Annie Gosfield Trio
  • Artprojx
  • Arts Council England
  • Artwise Curators
  • Apartment House
  • Athelas Sinfonietta
  • BBC Radio 3
  • Birmingham City University
  • Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Birmingham Institute of Art & Design
  • Birmingham Midlands Institute
  • Birmingham Opera Company
  • Birmingham Town Hall
  • Brighton Festival
  • Camp Bestival
  • Canadian High Commission
  • Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
  • Cobbe Collection
  • Cornerstone Festival, Liverpool
  • Coull Quartet
  • Danish Arts Agency
  • Dartington Arts
  • De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Electric Cinema, Birmingham
  • Ensemble Klang, Netherlands
  • Ex Cathedra
  • FACT, Liverpool
  • Flatpack Film Festival
  • Glasgow Concert Halls
  • Glasgow University
  • Goethe Institut
  • Holland Festival
  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
  • Icebreaker Ensemble
  • Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  • Institute for Musical Research
  • Institute of Composing, Brunel University
  • Jazzlines, Birmingham
  • Kings Place, London
  • Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
  • Library of Birmingham
  • EFG London Jazz Festival
  • London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
  • Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
  • New Music Biennial
  • Noszferatu
  • notes inegales
  • Oxford Contemporary Music
  • Polish Cultural Institute
  • Polish Radio Choir
  • PRS for Music Foundation
  • Royal Danish Embassy
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society
  • Royal Musicological Association
  • Royal Netherlands Embassy
  • Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • Ruhrtriennale, Germany
  • RVW Trust
  • Science Museum, London
  • SNYK, Denmark
  • Sound and Music
  • Southbank Centre, London
  • South Hill Park, Bracknell
  • Spitalfields Music
  • St George’s, Bristol
  • Stan’s Cafe, Birmingham
  • Stockhausen Stiftung
  • Tate Liverpool
  • Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham
  • Turner Contemporary, Margate
  • Turner Simms, Southampton
  • University of Birmingham
  • University College Falmouth
  • Vooruit, Ghent
  • Walled City Festival, Derry
  • Warwick Arts Centre
  • Whitechapel Gallery
  • Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon