Boom is OCM's annual professional development scheme for music / sound practitioners and producers.

Boom is OCM’s annual professional development scheme for music / sound artists / musicians and producers who are interested in creating and presenting inspiring contemporary music or sound based work outside of the concert hall and gallery (i.e. in unconventional spaces, outdoors, and in the digital realm). The scheme supports the development of artists (at any stage of their career) who are passionate about engaging with large and diverse audiences with contemporary performance, digital practice and installation work.

This year's Boom Fellows are:


Charlotte Marlow

Charlotte Marlow is a composer originally from the North East, now residing in Todmorden, Yorkshire. Charlotte’s work spans folk music, contemporary classical music, and opera. Current projects include a new grime opera in development with electronic artist Dirty Freud and a new work for NUCLO as part of Sound and Music’s Adopt a Music Creator scheme. She is co-artistic director of Medusa Collective, a radical contemporary arts collective with whom she premiered her socially distanced new opera Folk Tales this September to a sold-out audience. Her foremost creative interests lie in collaborative performance practice, art as activism, and ways of challenging and engaging with gender narrative on-stage.

“Marlow’s music uses just voice and soprano to striking effect” Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill


Fionnuala Dorrity

Fionnuala Dorrity is a vocalist, movement artist, actor, musician, theatre-maker and pyrotechnician. She has performed all over the UK and internationally in theatre, outdoor arts, music, dance, puppetry, radio and recording projects. Fionnuala will be spending her Boom residency experimenting with the creation of voice-based soundscapes, choral works and experiential theatre for outdoors.

"And in Fionnuala Dorrity singing in both French and English, they have their very own Piaf delivering passion and intensity in bundles over loose arrangements that seem to hit exactly the right levels of throwaway charm, joy, sorrow, frenzy, waywardness and fraught desperation." Colin Irwin, MOJO ****


Liminal Creative

Louise Cole is a Creative Producer with a background in performance and theatre making. In 2019 with Carl Cole, she formed Liminal Creative; an arts collective whose focus is on playful connectivity. Carl Cole is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound designer living in Norwich, and regularly performs with a wide range of artists. Since 2007, Carl has been delivering score, foley and sound design for films and other media, as well as leading and facilitating community music and artist development projects.   More recently, Carl has been collaborating with Louise Cole and experimenting with creating interactive sound installations that explore the relationship between science and music.  

Together they make multi-sensory and audio-visual installations which put the audience at the centre of the experience through understanding that everyone sees the world differently.


Calum Perrin

Calum is an interdisciplinary sound artist and performance maker who creates socially engaged and sensory work.They trained as a musician at Goldsmiths, before achieving a masters in experimental theatre and performance at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

They have made work for Prague Quadrennial, HearSay International Audio Arts festival, Short Cuts (BBC Radio 4) and Film Pro.

Recently, they were commissioned by Arts Council Wales, Festival Stoke and Sydenham Arts to produce sound compositions about the experiences of disabled people across the country during lockdown.


The Boom residencies run from October 2020 to March 2021.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. OCM is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music. OCM is supported by Oxford City Council and is an Oxford Brookes University Affiliate Organisation.

Past BOOM artists/producers were:

Emily Jones

Rie Nakajima

Nicholas O’Brien

Steve Urquhart

Breathing Space

Iain Chambers 

Sarah Nicolls

Tim Hill

Mike Blow

Errollyn Wallen

Kate Halsall

Kate Romano

Sam Underwood

Kathy Hinde

Emma Smith

Eleanor Hooper

DIM Productions (Esther Tew & Harriet Wallis)


Photo credits: Fionnuala Dorrity - Wesley Storey