Friday, 13 November 2020

Eight commissions for ORA Singers' Emergency Composers in collaboration with Tate Modern

Dani Howard, Sorana Santos, Eunseog Lee, James B. Wilson, Kemal Yusuf, Ben Park, Florence Anna Maunders and Satoko Doi-Luck.
The eight composers chosen for ORA Singers and Tate Modern's commissions
Dani Howard, Sorana Santos, Eunseog Lee, James B. Wilson, Kemal Yusuf, Ben Park, Florence Anna Maunders and Satoko Doi-Luck.

ORA Singers launched its Emergency Composers’ Fund in collaboration with Tate Modern earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis to provide work for composers during lockdown (composers being one particular arm of freelance workers who have been particularly affected by the pandemic).

545 composers registers, and now eight have been selected. Each composer will write a reflection on an art-work from Tate Modern, from its international collection. The final works will capture eight musical voices during this unique period of human history. Each work will last three to six minutes and be written for unaccompanied choir. Discussions are now underway about the showcase performances for the works.

The composers and the artworks to which they are responding, are:

Now all we have to hope is that Tate Modern remembers to put the works on display when it re-opens, otherwise there will be hordes of dissatisfied music lovers wandering round the museum.

 ORA Singers Artistic Director, Suzi Digby OBE, commented:

"The huge and unprecedented response generated by this fund has highlighted just how much need there is for artist support during this pandemic. We would have loved to be able to offer many more opportunities to the hundreds of talented, imaginative and deserving composers we heard from, but are so thrilled to be able to support these eight commissions."

 


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