Meet the Composers: New Music 20x12

Meet the Composers – New Music 20x12

In association with PRS for Music Foundation & the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).

Bishopsgate Institute, Shoreditch
23 June, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Join composers David Bruce and Howard Skempton on the last day of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival for a special Meet the Composers panel debate to celebrate their New Music 20x12 commissions. This event, in association with PRS for Music Foundation and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM – a sponsor of New Music 20x12), gives you the opportunity to hear from the composers themselves as they explore some of the themes of their work and discuss the joys and challenges of composing new music for unusual settings and a wide range of new performers and partners. Later that evening both their New Music 20x12 works will be performed as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival.

The talk and the performances are free to attend. Tickets for the talk will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis and can be secured by clicking the register button below:

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The Meet the Composers discussion will take place on 23 June, 6.00 – 6.45pm in the Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH. The composers will be in conversation with Vanessa Reed, Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation.

Vanessa Reed, Executive Director, PRS for Music Foundation, said; “New Music 20x12 involves 20 outstanding composers and I’m delighted that David Bruce and Howard Skempton will share their personal thoughts about their adventurous and unusual commissions. This talk will be of interest to anyone interested in composition, music-making and collaborating with a composer beyond the concert hall.”

Deborah Annetts, CEO, the ISM, said; “The ISM, as the professional body for musicians, is a proud sponsor of New Music 20x12. This talk will be a wonderful moment to hear two composers give insight into their craft and illuminate the art of composing.”

At 7pm The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths will then ring Howard Skempton’s New Music 20x12 commission Five Rings Triples on the bells of Christ Church, Spitalfields. Christ Church on Commercial Street, E1 6LY is a 5 minute walk from the Bishopsgate Institute.

Later that evening at 9pm, David Bruce’s New Music 20x12 commission Fire receives its London premiere in Bishops Square, Spitalfields. Commissioned by The Opera Group, with words by Vikram Seth, music performed by the Gabrieli Consort with the Spitalfields Singers Community Chorus and involving World Famous fire artists, Fire is a spectacular combination of 200 voices, brass and pyrotechnics, a spirited meditation on humankind’s enduring fascination with fire.

Join composers David Bruce and Howard Skempton along with PRS for Music Foundation and the ISM to mark the end of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival and to celebrate New Music 20x12 with a wonderful evening of talk, music and visual spectacle.

All 20 New Music 20x12 commissions will be performed across one weekend at the Southbank Centre (13 – 15 July).

For further information please contact [email protected]


Further information

New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme, initiated by Jillian Barker and David Cohen, consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 2012 and NMC Recordings.

The commissions are full of the energy, hope and excitement that will emanate from across the Cultural Olympiad and the Games themselves. They are inspired by the dynamism of Olympic and Paralympic sports, the passion of human endeavour so central to the Games, and the once in a lifetime opportunity of creating a musical work contributing to a global celebration.

PRS for Music Foundation
PRS for Music Foundation is the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £14 million to over 4,000 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians providing a distinctive range of services to its membership of performers and music professionals. The Incorporated Society of Musicians promotes the art of music and champions the interests of musicians, raising professional standards, and providing legal advice and other benefits to its members. Members include performers, composers, music teachers and industry professionals. Corporate members including all the music Conservatoires, university music departments, Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM, Association of British Orchestras, Federation of Music Services, Jazz Services, Music for Youth, Oxford University Press, specialist music schools including Chetham’s School of Music and the Yehudi Menuhin School, as well as music industry and trade organisations such as PPL, the Music Industries Association, Yamaha Music, and the International Artist Managers’ Association.

New Music 20x12 patrons & funders
New Music 20x12 is generously supported by the following committed patrons and funders: Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation, John S. Cohen Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, Incorporated Society of Musicians, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, RVW Trust, Charlotte and Dennis Stevenson, Tolkien Trust, The Leche Trust, The Bliss Trust, Finzi Trust, Lilian Slowe, John and Ann Tusa, John Wates Charitable Trust, Richard Walduck, Honeymead Arts Trust, and Sir Anthony Cleaver.