We’re thrilled to announce the latest projects awarded grants through our flagship co-commissioning and touring programme Beyond Borders, in conjunction with Creative Scotland, Arts Council Ireland, Arts Council Wales and Arts Council Northern Ireland. The UK and Ireland based organisations and music groups receiving funding are as follows:
• 9Bach and Twelfth Day – UK tour of ‘Tincian’ which won best album at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards.
• AC Projects and Counterflows – Creation and performance of ‘Mythos of Violins’ by composers Angharad Davies and Laura Cannell which investigates the notion of place.
• Atlantic Arc Orchestra and Duncairn Centre – Drawing upon the shared musical heritage of the Atlantic Arc region the project will feature musicians & singers from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany & Galicia and will be co-produced by Irish language singer Pauline Scanlon.
• A Cryptic commission for Sonica – UK tour of ‘Oscillon Response’, Mark Lyken’s sonic responses and visualisations to Ben F Laposky’s ground-breaking 1950’s art works “Oscillon”.
• Earagail – A new collaboration by artists Erland Cooper, Hannah Peel, Michael Keeney and Tommy McLaughlin to be performed at three UK/Irish festivals.
• Gould Piano Trio – New commission by British composer, Mark Simpson to be the centrepiece of the Trio’s 25th anniversary and performed across the UK.
• Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican Centre, Sage Gateshead, Lepus Productions and Opera North – Martin Green’s new production ‘Flit’ combining live music and animation which reflect on first hand stories of migration.
• Quercus Ensemble and Acoustronic – UK tour of ‘NonZeroSum’ by Frank Lyons for eight musicians exploring innovative ways to combine acoustic and electronic instruments played by disabled and non-disabled performers.
• Songs of Separation Ensemble – A collective of ten female English and Scottish folk musicians will create and tour the UK with music exploring the theme of ‘separation’, from the personal to the political, the economic to the environmental.
Hit the hyperlinks above to learn more about each project.
Previous Beyond Borders successes have included, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival commission of the critically acclaimed and Mercury-nominated Field Music to compose and tour a new cinematic score to accompany a seminal silent documentary film, ‘Drifters’, by John Grierson, and Roger Steptoe’s collaboration with Welsh Chamber Orchestra on new musical settings for Shakespeare’s well-known sonnets during the playwright’s 450th anniversary.
PRS for Music Foundation’s Executive Director, Vanessa Reed says, “The latest round of Beyond Borders shows the strength and depth of high quality collaborations that are being forged between talented music creators and organisations from different parts of the UK and Ireland. I look forward to following the development of these co-commissions and tours which will be enjoyed by a fantastically broad range of audiences.”
To find out more about the programme, please visit: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Partnerships/Flagship-Programmes/Beyond-Borders