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20 new music commissions announced for first ever New Music Biennial

  • Date: 26 April 2013
  • Area: National
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Matthew Herbert has been commissioned by Third Ear as part of the New Music Biennial. Credit: Courtesy of PRS for Music Foundation

PRS for Music Foundation has announced an eclectic line-up of artists and organisations set to participate in the first ever New Music Biennial. The Arts Council England-funded commissioning programme will support the creation and performance of 20 new pieces of music.

The New Music Biennial commissions

The New Music Biennial will support 20 commissions of new music across the UK, partnering some of today's most forward-thinking composers and songwriters with a range of music and arts organisations.

The chosen commissions cover the breadth of the UK and will produce new music in genres ranging from folk to jazz, and electronica to contemporary classical.

They include Arts Depot's commission of an experimental multi-media sound piece by composer Niraj Chag; a new piece by electronic artist Matthew Herbert exploring the sounds of twenty pianos from around the world, commissioned by Third Ear; and a collaboration between expert concertina player Alistair Anderson and youth steel pan bands, commissioned by The Sage Gateshead.

To find out more about the twenty commissions, visit PRS for Music Foundation's website.

New Music Biennial performances

The 20 resulting pieces of music will be performed widely across the UK in 2014 and broadcasted on BBC Radio 3.

All pieces will be performed at two high profile weekend showcases in July and August 2014 at London's Southbank Centre and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music.

You can find out more about performance and broadcast dates by checking PRS for Music Foundation's website.

Find out more about New Music Biennial

New Music Biennial is supported with National Lottery funding via our Grants for the arts scheme. You can find out more about New Music Biennial by visiting PRS for Music Foundation's website.