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New Music Biennial Dates Set

Published in Band News on 2013-11-15 by Empty Chairs

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The dates for the first set of New Music Biennial premieres have been announced by PRS for Music Foundation. 

Beginning in January 2014, the twenty commissions will be performed at concert halls, arts centres, festivals and outdoor spaces across the length and breadth of the UK as well as at two weekend showcases presented by London’s Southbank Centre (4-6 July 2014) and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music at Glasgow Concert Halls (1-2 Aug 2014). Additionally the works will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available on BBC iPlayer for 7 days afterwards. They will also be available for digital download from NMC Recordings.

The New Music Biennial hopes to reach over 250,000 people with these new pieces of music which will be performed across the UK and in Glasgow where the New Music Biennial forms an important strand of the cultural programme which will celebrate Glasgow’s hosting of the XX Commonwealth. The New Music Biennial composers chosen by a prestigious and diverse panel of judges that included Dame Evelyn Glennie, Cerys Matthews and Jason Yarde, were selected from over 130 proposals, and cover a wide range of genres reflecting the diversity of musical life across the UK. 

This first edition of the New Music Biennial, which has a strong international dimension, has been developed by PRS for Music Foundation, in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the British Council. 

Speaking about the announcement Mark Wilkinson from Foden's Band commented 'We were delighted when it was announced that we had been successful in our application in this very prestigious project. The project will see the band perform in London and Glasgow as well as a performance at the RNCM. The 'New Music Biennial' is extremely important to Foden's and Brass Bands in general as it will see the band perform to new audiences as well as receiving air time on Radio 3, iplayer as well as via NMC recordings. Foden's will team up with composer Andy Scott and poet/playwright Lemn Sissay on a new commission which looks at the world through the eyes of a child in the care system.'

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