Onyx Brass has been awarded the maximum sum available by the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial flagship scheme. The money will go towards commissioning a new work from David Sawer to form the centrepiece of a short programme of contemporary British music that Onyx will perform across the country in 2014, in the Tour de Brass!
The New Music Biennial has made 20 awards to groups to commission new works which will be performed together in showcases at the Southbank Centre’s Festival (4-6 July 2014) and as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural programme in Glasgow (2-3 August 2014). Our project is designed to be a lot more portable and we are planning upwards of 40 free, unticketed concerts at bandstands and public spaces up and down the UK.
David Sawer’s new piece will be recorded in the summer of 2014, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and made available as a download by NMC recordings.
Soon, we’ll be getting a special website up and running, where you can keep track of the Tour de Brass!, checking on concerts in your area, and then uploading pictures, videos and reviews.
UPDATE: The Tour de Brass! has also been awarded funding by the Britten-Pears Foundation. Many thanks to them for their kind support.
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We’re delighted to report that the RVW Trust have very generously decided to support a new initiative by the New London Chamber Ensemble. The NLCE will commission Philip Cashian to write a new work for double wind quintet, which the NLCE will use as a side-by-side piece for student and young wind quintets to play alongside the NLCE. This is a fabulous project to encourage youngsters with Phil’s dynamic style of ‘adrenlin-junkie’ new music, as well as offer experience playing with top-flight professionals.
The NLCE will be working with student quintets from the Royal Academy of Music, the Purcell School and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. And we hope to confirm collaborations with other institutions too.
Watch this space for more information and some video trailers of some ‘taster’ pieces that Phil is currently writing to promote the project.
The Music for People project is now just under two weeks away, and promises great things. Endymion are teaming up with EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, and this project will combine three works by Pärt with three newly commissioned compositions.
Arvo Pärt has been a real focal point of our repertoire over the last year, and the group will be performing Fratres and Summa along with the vocal masterpiece Stabat Mater. Look out for Arvo Pärt’s exceptional ability to combing textures. The Stabat Mater really brings strings and voices together with delicious originality. The interaction between voice and instrument is so carefully judged that the boundaries become blurred: voices creep into string textures, and vice versa, the strings embody personal, vocal qualities through the minimality of the scoring, and strings double vocal lines at the peaks and depths of their range to create new aural colours. These blurring techniques, in turn, make moments of unaccompanied playing or singing, exceptionally striking.
In addition to Pärt, the concert includes three fantastic new works. James Weeks’ Inscription is an expansive and thought-provoking work in Portugese, whilst the other two works are as riotous as Weeks’ is meditative. Andrew Hamilton’s right and wrong contains a vast sound pallet of buzzing, ringing, waltzing and even shouting, and Philip Venables’ numbers : 76-80 ‘Tristan und Isolde’ contains a remarkable auralisation of swarming wasps.
These three new pieces were commissioned by Endymion, EXAUDI and SOUND Festival, Aberdeen, whose musical and financial support has been most valuable. We are also extremely grateful to the Leche Trust, the Marina Kleinwort Trust, and the Golden Bottle Trust, all of whom have generously funded this event.
The project takes place on November 12th, 7.30pm, at the SOUND Festival in Aberdeen. Tickets can be booked here, and are just £10 – £8 for concessions or a remarkable £2 for students. We look forward to seeing you there!
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The Phoenix Piano Trio and we at fourfortytwo are REALLY GRATEFUL to the Fidelio Charitable Trust, and DELIGHTED with the news that they are supporting the Beyond Beethoven Project. This support will go towards the commissions for composers, along with the generous support from the RVW Trust. Thank you!
More good news within the same 24 hours as the last good funding news, posted here. The wonderful Golden Bottle Trust, who supported Endymion’s Sound Census project in 2009, have kindly agreed to support our Music for People project this year. It’s a great helping hand, and we are ever closer to our fundraising target. A million thanks to the Golden Bottle Trustees and fingers crossed for the remaining outstanding applications….