New Music 20x12
New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme initiated by Jillian Barker and David Cohen, and delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG, Sound and Music and NMC Recordings.
WELCOME to New Music 20x12, a Cultural Olympiad programme which celebrates the talent and imagination of UK composers and organisations who are working together to create new music. Over the next 12 months, New Music 20x12 brings you 20 brand new pieces of music, each lasting 12 minutes, which you'll be able to enjoy in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK � from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. We're delighted that BBC Radio 3 will also broadcast each New Music 20x12 piece and you'll be able to buy downloads of the music from NMC Recordings at www.nmcrec.co.uk. The commissions encompass an exciting range of composers and music genres and offer a snapshot of the UK's rich musical life -from jazz, folk and music for brass band to contemporary classical, chamber opera and music written for dance. Each piece takes its inspiration from the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games � endeavour, celebration, achievement and collaboration � and invites you to take part in a once in a lifetime celebration of new music. This programme gives you details of some of the live performances you can attend across the UK in 2012, the weekend celebration of New Music 20x12 at Southbank Centre London from 13-15 July and the broadcasts of New Music 20x12 on BBC Radio 3. To follow updates and to buy tickets please see www.prsformusicfoundation.com New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, LOCOG, NMC Recordings and a wide range of generous funders who have joined us to support these outstanding commissions which will contribute to the cultural legacy of London 2012. We hope you will join us at one of the performances near you! Vanessa Reed Executive Director PRS for Music Foundation Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and Third Ear present `Five Rings Triples' by Howard Skempton 31 Dec KINGSTON UPON THAMES, LONDON � All Saints Church 6 May BIRMINGHAM � @AE Harris 8 & 23 Jun LONDON � Spitalfields Summer Music Festival This piece for church bells, commissioned by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and Third Ear, marks the Olympic year's beginning. Skempton believes that bells proclaim moments of public gathering, celebration and important news, providing an ideal medium for the launch of New Music 20x12. Special thanks to RVW Trust for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. www.cccbr.org.uk, www.thirdear.co.uk, www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk National Youth Orchestra presents `HandsFree' by Anna Meredith 5 Jan LIVERPOOL � Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 6 Jan LONDON � Barbican and more performances tbc at Sage Gateshead and Birmingham `HandsFree' enables NYO's young musicians, from all over Britain, to share their musicianship and creative inventiveness without their instruments, through clapping, body percussion and beatboxing. Special thanks to the Musicians Benevolent Fund for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. www.annameredith.com, www.nyo.org.uk, www.liverpoolphil.com, www.barbican.org.uk 01 Irene Taylor Trust presents `Beyond This' by Mark-Anthony Turnage 19 Jan NOTTINGHAM � HM Prison Lowdham Grange 5 Jul LONDON � St. Marylebone Church Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage partners with the Irene Taylor Trust `Music in Prisons' and some new composers, comprising a group of prisoners from HMP Lowdham Grange. `Beyond This' presents music as a powerful vehicle for change, and enables prisoners to contribute positively to New Music 20x12. www.musicinprisons.org.uk � Philip Gatward Black Dyke Band presents `Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race' by Luke Carver Goss 27 Jan MANCHESTER � Royal Northern College of Music Composer Luke Carver Goss was commissioned by the award-winning Black Dyke Band to write a piece which uses the structure of a relay race. `Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race' is divided into four three minute 'legs' - power, speed, losing ground and finally, triumph, and tells the tale of success through team work and sporting pride with poet Ian McMillan and the Manchester Chorale. www.lukecarvergoss.co.uk, www.blackdykeband.co.uk, www.rncm.ac.uk 02 Chinatown Arts Space presents `XX/XY' by Liz Liew and Andy Leung 29 Jan LONDON � Trafalgar Square The Chinese New Year celebrations will herald in the Year of the Dragon and with it the dramatic unveiling of `XX/XY' � an East meets West fusion of new music. The work is inspired by the competition of life � from the battle of the sexes (female XX/male XY chromosomes) to the competitive spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics. www.chinatownartsspace.com The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment presents `Spinal Chords' by Sally Beamish 5 Feb SOUTHAMPTON � Turner Sims 10 Feb LONDON � Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre `Spinal Chords' is a piece of music set to a text written by Melanie Reid, a columnist for The Times who broke her neck and back following a horse-riding accident earlier in 2010. The piece reflects the positive spirit of Melanie and the many other people, including Paralympians, who display such a life-affirming attitude in the face of adversity. www.sallybeamish.com, www.oae.co.uk, www.turnersims.co.uk, www.southbankcentre.co.uk 03 Wonderbrass presents `Skip, Dash, Flow' by Jason Yarde 21 Feb CARDIFF � Globe Cardiff 23 Jun LICHFIELD � Real Ale Jazz and Blues Festival 6 Jul PEMBROKESHIRE � Druidstone Jamboree 21 Jul CARDIFF � The Welsh Proms, St Davids Hall Composer, producer and saxophonist Jason Yarde and community band Wonderbrass, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012, will perform the composition `Skip, Dash, Flow' that explores new world rhythms. Special thanks to Arts Council of Wales for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. www.joyandears.com, www.wonderbrass.org.uk The Rambert Dance Company presents `What Wild Ecstasy' by Gavin Higgins 15 � 17 Feb ABERDEEN � His Majesty's Theatre 15 � 19 May LONDON � Sadler's Wells Rambert Dance Company is reviving Rambert's version of Nijinsky's ballet L'Apr�s-midi d'un Faune in its centenary year, alongside the world premiere of `What Wild Ecstasy'. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin, this new work, by Rambert's inaugural Music Fellow Gavin Higgins, is a contemporary response to Debussy's ground-breaking music, taking the original harmonic palette as its starting point. Special thanks to The Bliss Trust and the Finzi Trust for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. www.gavinhiggins.com, www.rambert.org.uk, www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, www.sadlerswells.com � Blackcherry Photography 04 The Coull String Quartet presents `Ping!' by Joe Cutler 3 Mar WARWICK � Warwick Arts Centre 6 May BIRMINGHAM � @AE Harris 16 Jun BROMLEY � Fusion Table Tennis Club `Ping!' is a collaboration between composer Joe Cutler, the Coull String Quartet and Fusion table tennis club and explores the distinct sounds and rhythms that table tennis players create. The piece builds from intricate cross-rhythms between table tennis players, a string quartet and a soundtrack. www.joecutler.com, www.coullquartet.com, www.warwickartscentre.co.uk The London Chamber Orchestra presents `Track to Track' by Graham Fitkin 22 Mar LONDON � Cadogan Hall Jun/Jul LONDON � St Pancras Station Inspired by Benjamin Britten and WH Auden's `Nightmail,' `Track to Track' celebrates the journey of the Olympic Javelin Train taking passengers from St. Pancras Station to Stratford and back during the Olympics. Original motifs for the work have been prepared by children working in LCO's and Barnardo's Music Junction partnership. `Track to Track', composed for ensemble and string orchestra, is set to a text by poet Glyn Maxwell and can be heard by train commuters as much as audiences in the concert hall. www.fitkin.com, www.lco.co.uk, www. cadoganhall.com 05 Stan's Cafe presents `The Voyage' by Michael Wolters 6 May BIRMINGHAM � @AE Harris `The Voyage' is a collaboration between the composer Michael Wolters and theatre company Stan's Cafe. The piece focuses on a mythological hero who leaves home, travels overseas to face trials and so may return a hero. www.wolters.co.uk, www.stanscafe.co.uk The Imagined Village presents `Bending The Dark' by Sheema Mukherjee 17 May BRIDPORT � Electric Palace Followed by UK tour taking in Liverpool Philharmonic, Bury St Edmunds Festival, Birmingham Town Hall, Norfolk and Norwich festival, ABC Glasgow O2 Academy, Oxford O2 Academy, Cheltenham Town Hall, Hay Festival, Sage Gateshead, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, York Barbican and Arlington Arts Centre Composer Sheema Mukherjee's piece 'Bending The Dark' has been written from the point of view of a second-generation immigrant tracing the path of the Indian diaspora across continents. It is performed by The Imagined Village, a band that unites some of England's finest traditional musicians alongside leading figures on the UK Asian and alternative, electronica music scene. www.mukherjee.co.uk, www.imaginedvillage.com, www.electricpalace.org.uk 06 The Opera Group and Salisbury Arts Festival present `Fire' by David Bruce 26 May SALISBURY � Salisbury International Arts Festival 27 May BRIGHTON � Brighton Festival 23 Jun LONDON � Spitalfields Music Summer Festival The Opera Group and Salisbury International Arts Festival have commissioned David Bruce to create `Fire', an outdoor spectacle of visual and musical fireworks. The celebratory piece is performed by fire artists, an ensemble of horns and a community chorus recruited through each of the three festivals to which it tours. www.davidbruce.net, www.theoperagroup.co.uk, www.salisburyfestival.co.uk, www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk An Tobar presents `TAT-1' by Aidan O'Rourke 8 Jun TOBERMORY � An Tobar, The Tobermory Arts Centre Fiddler and composer Aidan O'Rourke and An Tobar, The Tobermory Arts Centre, have created `TAT-1', inspired by the first transatlantic telephone cable which ran from Aidan's hometown Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, to Newfoundland. As the Olympics brings the world closer together, the cable had the same purpose and for many years carried the "hotline" between Washington and Moscow. Special thanks to Creative Scotland for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. www.aidanorourke.net, www.antobar.co.uk � Craig MacKay CMG 07 Second Movement presents `Zatopek!' by Emily Howard 15 Jun LIVERPOOL � Contemporary Urban Centre more dates tbc `Zatopek!' is a chamber opera inspired by legendary Czech Olympian Emil Zatopek (1922-2000). In 1954 Zatopek set a new world record for the 5000m running the distance in 13.57 minutes. This piece has just a little less time to celebrate his life and times from the starting pistol of his international breakthrough at the London 1948 Olympics to the final finish line. Special thanks to Jerwood Charitable Foundation for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. www.emilyhoward.com, www.secondmovement.org.uk, www.liverpoolphil.com � Kieran Morris, De Novo Arts Drake Music Scotland presents `Technophonia' by Oliver Searle 15 Jun EDINBURGH � The Queen's Hall 22 Jun GLASGOW � Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Opera Studio `Technophonia' will bring together cutting edge music interfaces used by Drake Music Scotland, the nation's leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Oliver Searle's music inspires young musicians to combine their individual talents to achieve a unique team performance, challenging how the audience defines musical instruments and performing musicians. Special thanks to Creative Scotland for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. 08 www.drakemusicscotland.org, www.thequeenshall.net, www.rcs.ac.uk HMDT presents `The Brown Bomber' by Julian Joseph 20 / 21 Jun LONDON � Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells Based on the famous ringside battle between African American boxer Joe Louis and German boxer Max Schmeling in 1938, `The Brown Bomber' brings to life the relationship between two athletes, once adversaries in sport who became friends despite the ideological opposition surrounding them. Choreographed by Sheron Wray, the Dance Suite is performed by young dancers and the Julian Joseph Quintet. www.julianjoseph.com, www.sadlerswells.com, www.hmdt.org.uk NI Opera presents `Our Day' by Conor Mitchell 28-30 Jun BELFAST � The MAC `Our Day' is a new opera set against a backdrop of events in Northern Ireland in 1972, which was one of the bloodiest years of the troubles. It was also the year that local girl Mary Peters won a gold medal at the Munich Olympics, an event that briefly unified a country at war. In 2012 it is 40 years since that win, and composer Conor Mitchell and NI Opera have produced a piece to remember that sense of national pride Northern Ireland had in 1972. Special thanks to Arts Council of Northern Ireland for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. www.niopera.com, www.buildingthemac.com 09 EXAUDI presents `New Work' by Aaron Cassidy 13 � 15 Jul LONDON � Southbank Centre EXAUDI, one of Britain's leading contemporary music ensembles, has worked with Aaron Cassidy to generate new sounds for the human voice by exploring experimental approaches to vocal production. The Olympic idea of pushing the body to physical (and mental, and spiritual) extremes lies at the heart of Cassidy's conception for this work. www.aaroncassidy.com, www.exaudi.org.uk, www.southbankcentre.co.uk European Union Youth Orchestra presents `Twenty-Seven Heavens' by Richard Causton 23 Aug EDINBURGH � Usher Hall `Twenty-Seven Heavens' explores Blake's Jerusalem where the poet parallels aspects of his mythological world with various districts of London, including areas such as Hackney, Bow and Stratford. The twenty-seven heavens are layers of obscurity that the individual must penetrate to see the vision of Eternity � an idea which has resonance for both the artist and the athlete. Special thanks to RVW Trust for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible. www.euyo.org.uk, www.usherhall.co.uk � Katie Vandyck 10 New Music 20x12 Weekend Celebration 13 � 15 Jul LONDON � Southbank Centre This event will offer you a chance to experience all of the New Music 20x12 pieces in more depth, to meet the composers and organisations they are collaborating with and to get involved in workshops and seminars which explore the art of creating music. Visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk for programme updates and to buy tickets for this exciting event. Special thanks to Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation, for making this New Music 20x12 weekend possible. "As a principal funder of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, it's fantastic to see our investment contribute to such a wide-ranging project that brings extraordinary music to audiences right across the UK. The range of musical talent, not to mention venues, that has come together like never before to celebrate 2012, will leave a powerful legacy for music long beyond the Games." Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk 11 Diary DATE EVENT VENUE 31 Dec Central Council of Church Bell Ringers: Howard Skempton � `Five Rings Triples' National Youth Orchestra: Anna Meredith � `Hands Free' National Youth Orchestra: Anna Meredith � `Hands Free' Irene Taylor Trust/Music in Prisons: Mark-Anthony Turnage � `Beyond This' Black Dyke Band: Luke Carver Goss � `Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race' Chinatown Arts Space: Liz Liew and Andy Leung � `XX/XY' Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Sally Beamish � `Spinal Chords' Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Sally Beamish � `Spinal Chords' All Saints Church, KINGSTON UPON THAMES Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, LIVERPOOL Barbican, LONDON 5 Jan 6 Jan 19 Jan HM Prison Lowdham Grange, NOTTINGHAM Royal Northern College of Music, MANCHESTER 27 Jan 29 Jan Trafalgar Square, LONDON 5 Feb Turner Sims, SOUTHAMPTON 10 Feb Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, LONDON His Majesty's Theatre, ABERDEEN 15/17 Feb Rambert Dance Company: Gavin Higgins � `What Wild Ecstasy' 21 Feb Wonderbrass: Jason Yarde � `Skip, Dash, Flow' Coull String Quartet: Joe Cutler � `Ping!' Globe, CARDIFF 3 Mar Warwick Arts Centre, WARWICK DATE EVENT VENUE 22 Mar London Chamber Orchestra: Graham Fitkin � `Track to Track' Coull String Quartet: Joe Cutler � `Ping!' Stan's Caf�: Michael Wolter � `The Voyage' Central Council of Church Bell Ringers: Howard Skempton � `Five Rings Triples' Cadogan Hall, LONDON 6 May 6 May 6 May @AE Harris, BIRMINGHAM @AE Harris, BIRMINGHAM @AE Harris, BIRMINGHAM 15/19 May Rambert Dance Company: Gavin Higgins � `What Wild Ecstasy' 17 May 26 May 27 May tbc Jun 8 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 15 Jun The Imagined Village: Sheema Mukherjee � `Bending the Dark' The Opera Group: David Bruce � `Fire' The Opera Group: David Bruce � `Fire' London Chamber Orchestra: Graham Fitkin' � `Track to Track' An Tobar, The Tobermory Arts Centre: Aidan O'Rourke � `TAT-1' Central Council of Church Bell Ringers: Howard Skempton � `Five Rings Triples' Second Movement: Emily Howard � `Zatopek!' Drake Music Scotland: Oliver Searle � `Technophonia' Sadler's Wells, LONDON Electric Palace, BRIDPORT Salisbury International Arts Festival, SALISBURY Brighton Festival, BRIGHTON St Pancras Station, LONDON An Tobar, The Tobermory Arts Centre, TOBERMORY Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, LONDON Contemporary Urban Centre, LIVERPOOL The Queen's Hall, EDINBURGH DATE EVENT VENUE 16 Jun Coull String Quartet: Joe Cutler � `Ping!' Fusion Table Tennis Club, BROMLEY 20/21 Jun HMDT: Julian Joseph � `The Brown Bomber' 22 Jun 22 Jun 23 Jun 23 Jun 23 Jun HMDT: Julian Joseph � `The Brown Bomber' Drake Music Scotland: Oliver Searle � `Technophonia' Central Council of Church Bell Ringers: Howard Skempton � `Five Rings Triples' The Opera Group: David Bruce � `Fire' Wonderbrass: Jason Yarde � `Skip, Dash, Flow' Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells, LONDON York Hall, LONDON (tbc) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Opera Studio, GLASGOW Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, LONDON Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, LONDON Real Ale Jazz and Blues Festival, LICHFIELD The MAC, BELFAST 28/30 Jun NI Opera: Conor Mitchell � `Our Day' 5 Jul 6 Jul Irene Taylor Trust/Music in Prisons: Mark-Anthony Turnage � `Beyond This' Wonderbrass: Jason Yarde � `Skip, Dash, Flow' St. Marylebone Church, LONDON Druidstone Jamboree, PEMBROKESHIRE Southbank Centre, LONDON 13�15 Jul NEW MUSIC 20X12 Weekend Celebration 21 Jul 23 Aug Wonderbrass: Jason Yarde � `Skip, Dash, Flow' The Welsh Proms, St Davids Hall, CARDIFF European Union Youth Orchestra: Usher Hall, EDINBURGH Richard Causton � `Twenty Seven Heavens' Listen again Each New Music 20x12 piece will be recorded for exclusive broadcast on Radio 3's Hear & Now programme, with `Five Rings Triples' by Howard Skempton ringing us in to 2012 after the chimes of Big Ben on New Year's Day. Tune in to Radio 3's Hear & Now on the following dates and to BBC iPlayer for 1 week after: 21 Apr � 'Hands Free', 'Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race' and 'Spinal Chords' 19 May � 'Skip, Dash, Flow', 'Track to Track' and 'Ping!' 16 Jun � 'The Voyage', 'Fire' and 'Zatopek!' 21 Jul � 'TAT-1', 'Technophonia' and 'Our Day' 18 Aug � 'Beyond This', 'XX/XY', 'EXAUDI & Aaron Cassidy', 'The Brown Bomber' and 'What Wild Ecstasy' 25 Aug � 'Bending The Dark', 'Twenty Seven Heavens' "The BBC is proud to be a key partner in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Projects such as New Music 20x12 showcase the exceptional talent and creativity of the UK's musical community, and we're delighted to be able to support them on BBC Radio 3." Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 NMC Recordings will be releasing recordings of each New Music 20x12 piece after it has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Go to www.nmcrec.co.uk for release dates and to buy the downloads, which will be available in both MP3 and FLAC formats. All information about New Music 20x12 events are correct at time of printing, but may be subject to change. For the latest event information go to www.prsformusicfoundation.com Thank you We would like to thank all of the funding bodies and individuals who have generously supported New Music 20x12: The Bliss TrusT John S. Cohen Foundation / Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation / Charlotte and Dennis Stevenson / The Tolkien Trust / John and Ann Tusa / Lilian Slowe / John Wates Charitable Trust / Richard Walduck / Honeymead Arts Trust and Sir Anthony Cleaver. And our partners who have made this programme possible: 2 � Artworklove.com � All rights reserved Logo Evolution 2010 "Two years on from our first discussions about New Music 20x12, it's fantastic that our dream of putting new music centre stage of the Cultural Olympiad has become a reality. We're delighted that such an impressive range of organisations, composers and funding partners have come together to make this happen and we are extremely grateful for their support ." Jillian Barker, founding patron. Credits: Programme Director: Vanessa Reed (PRS for Music Foundation). Steering Group: Jillian Barker, Susannah Simons (BBC), Sarah Goodfellow (LOCOG), Andrew Kurowski and Philip Tagney (BBC Radio 3). Communications: Sarah Thirtle (PRSF) PR: Talia Hull (Little Desk PR)