Major funding for Fodens

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 26 April 2013


Foden's Band selected for New Music Biennial Commission


Foden's are pleased to announce that they have been awarded funding to commission a new work by the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial. The highly prestigious and high profile scheme will present a series of commissioned works from British composers across the UK in 2014, as Scotland prepares to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.


Organisations from all over the country were invited to submit ideas for commissions, and Foden’s Band made the successful application for a new work by their composer in residence Andy Scott and leading poet Lemn Sissay. Andy and Lemn have undertaken successful collaborations in the past, including the iconic My Mountain Top, which has proved to be one of Andy’s most evocative and widely acclaimed works.


The new commission will be premiered in the North West in 2014 and will feature in a hour long programme of works by Andy Scott and Lemn Sissay that will feature Foden's, Lemn, harpist Lauren Scott and soprano Anna-Clare Monk on stage (Anna-Clare and Lauren recently set some of Lemn’s poetry to Andy’s music to create several new songs). It is hoped that a DVD of the project will also be produced.


The New Music Biennial was developed in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the British Council. The new commissions will be brought together across two weekend festivals hosted by London’s Southbank Centre from 4 - 6 July 2014 and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music from 2 – 4 August 2014, coinciding with the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games. This international celebration will showcase the talent of the UK's music sector, raise the profile of composers and performers, and present a snapshot of new music across all genres.


Speaking about the project Mark Wilkinson commented 'We are delighted to have been awarded funding to manage this project which will raise the profile of Fodens Band and brass banding in general to a new and wider audience. Foden's are the only brass band to have been awarded this funding. The project will see Foden's perform in a number of high profile venues as well as working with the world renowned poet Lemn Sissay, singer Anna-Clare Monk and harpist Lauren Scott. We are looking forward to working on a new commission with our composer in residence Andy Scott that will be around 15 minutes in length.'




click to read about the New Music Biennial on the PRS Foundation website
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