Ms. Meredith said that, while some critics seemed surprised by her change in direction, she was really only irked by suggestions that somehow she was selling out in attempting more commercial projects. “It’s ridiculous, that assumption,” she said. “For a start, there’s so much more infrastructure and support in contemporary classical music, at least in the U.K.”
Ms. Meredith isn’t alone in trying to change assumptions about where contemporary music should be heard, or how. Just as composers like Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Mica Levi, Nico Muhly and Max Richter have become fixtures at festivals in the United States and mainland Europe, Britain seems to be in the midst of a boom in so-called neoclassical music.
The niche label Erased Tapes, based in East London, has found unexpected success with recordings of mellow, stripped-back instrumental music — so much so that Decca has followed with its own “postclassical” label, Mercury KX.
The London composer Gabriel Prokofiev’s long-established “Nonclassical” live events — somewhere between club nights and contemporary music sessions — have been an important showcase for projects that sit between techno, electronica, D.J.-led dance music and video art.
“There’s a lot of experimentation right now,” said the radio host Elizabeth Alker, whose show “Unclassified” is devoted to new music that straddles contemporary, alternative, minimal and numerous other adjectives. It has been a surprise hit on BBC Radio 3, an unabashedly highbrow classical music station. “Performers are thinking much more about the live experience, and audiences seem genuinely curious,” Ms. Alker said. “I honestly think they don’t care which category something fits in — or doesn’t.”
Ms. Meredith also said she felt that the musical landscape around her was in flux; having once experienced a degree of anxiety about where to place herself, she no longer entirely cared. “At the moment, I think my biography says ‘composer, producer, performer,’ which I think is maybe a bit much,” she said, then raised her eyebrows. “How about just ‘musician’?”