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.

We are currently in the process of recruiting the next cohort for the 2024/25 programme.

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The 2023-24 BOOM artists were:


Debris Stevenson is a hybrid-playwright, dyslexic educator, Grime-poet, queer ex-Mormon and pro-raver. She has worked in over 30 countries, designed foundation performance poetry modules at Nottingham University, and had her debut show, POET IN DA CORNER, premiered at The Royal Court in 2018 which saw Debris nominated for an Emerging Talent of The Year Award (Evening Standard Theatre Awards).



Ellie Wilson is a violinist and composer whose work melds contemporary classical, folk, and electronica and her output ranges from live performances to immersive sound installations and music for theatre. Her music has been described as ‘beautifully poised’ (Errollyn Wallen, BBC Radio 3), ‘haunting…impressive’ (Fringe Review) and ‘rich, ancient and rootsy’ (Elizabeth Alker, BBC Radio 3). 

Recent highlights include writing the score for Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Henry VI and Richard III, and a sound installation ‘Unearthing Stories of the Forest’, created for Epping Forest. Ellie is a former member of folk band Stick In The Wheel and her solo album Memory Islands was released in Sept 2023.


UAH aka Usman Haque

Composer and multi-instrumentalist 'uah' (aka Usman Haque) bridges architecture and music to create emotionally charged, cinematic soundscapes. Drawing on his accomplishments as the interactive artist behind dozens of large-scale participatory audio-visual spectacles, he is currently working on ways to engage members of the public using their own voices to drive collective experiences. His debut album, ‘Let Death Live’, dropped in 2022, exploring the cycles of life & death, grief & joy, loss & acceptance.



Adam & Jason Dupree, a set of identical twins from Poole Dorset founded The Working boys Club in 2021. Adam, a car mechanic turned musician and maker and Jason, an electrician turned Contemporary Circus Director, have merged their skills of the past with skills learnt in the rehearsal room to create their flagship project, Serving Sounds. 

Serving Sounds is a British pub that serves bass rather than beer. An interactive art piece and musical instrument allowing for audiences to create music together in an innovative an unique way. Adam and Jason’s desire is to create work that engages the kind of communities they grew up in. The kind of communities that would rather go for a pint than the theatre.


OCM is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner supported by PPL


Past BOOM artists/producers were:

Ardal Bicnic

Bilge Nur Yilmaz

Kevin Leomo


Simon James

Hannah Fredsgaard

Joshua Le Gallienne

Marcus Joseph

Simone Seales & Rylan Gleave

Charlotte Marlow

Fionnuala Dorrity

Liminal Creative (Louise Cole & Carl Cole)

Calum Perrin

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)