The PRS for Music Foundation's New Music 20x12 project involved commissioning 20 works, each 12 minutes long, to be performed in the UK in 2012. The composers and partner organisations were highly diverse, including Sally Beamish writing for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Howard Skempton writing for the Central Council of Bell Ringers, Graham Fitkin writing for the London Chamber Orchestra, Luke Carver Goss for the Black Dyke Band, Gavin Higgins writing for the Rambert Dance Company. Now you can view the works on-line.
All the works were broadcast on Radio 3 and they all came together (with some on film) at an amazing weekend at the South Bank Centre, when we managed to catch Emily Howard's opera Zatopek, for Second Movement, which celebrated a previous Olympic hero, and Anna Meredith's amazing piece for the National Youth Orchestra, Hands Free, which used no instruments just the players bodies. (see post on this blog).
You can read the full list of composers and partner organisations, at the PRS for Music Foundation's website, along with interviews with the composers.
Now the Arts Council's digital download site, The Space, has films of all the works online, along with an introductory film.
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