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Home > PRS Foundation announces the latest organisations and music groups to receive funding through Beyond Borders

PRS Foundation announces the latest organisations and music groups to receive funding through Beyond Borders

PRS Foundation announces that the UK and Ireland-based organisations and music groups receiving funding through the co-commissioning and touring programme Beyond Borders are:

  • Crypticthe UK tour of Oliver Coates’ first full length music theatre, Shorelines is set in the aftermath of the North Sea flood of 1953 is a work for string quartet (Ragazze Quartet) and electronics commissioned by Cryptic, in partnership with Belfast International Arts Festival, Sound Aberdeen and Southbank Centre, London
  • Decibel Ensemblea landmark 35-minute work ‘Togetherness’ for amplified large ensemble and electronic media by the acclaimed Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett. The work explores the contradictory notions of independence, pluralism and unity in music, culture and society, and will tour in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland
  • Engines Orchestra – ‘Phronesis’ mind expanding collaboration with composer Dave Maric and the Engines Orchestra ‘Decade Zero’, tours the UK in 2017 in partnership with Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz and the EFG London Jazz Festival
  • Falkirk Community Trusta live dynamic alternative reinterpretation of Mazzetti’s ground-breaking work, the film ‘Together’ (1956), with acclaimed musician/composers Raymond MacDonald and Christian Ferlaino composed for saxophone and percussion, with engagement opportunities for D/deaf/HoH audiences.
  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music FestivalA new commission for UK harpist and composer Rhodri Davies, for voice and ensemble working with different systems of time to govern musical interactions. Touring to Huddersfield, Cardiff and Glasgow.
  • Snowpoet – an ambitious tour for album number 2 across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
  • Sound Festivala new cross art-form project from composer Colin Riley exploring ‘a sense of place’ comprising a 70-minute multi-media song cycle for singer and 4-piece instrumental/electronic ensemble which will be toured across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • The Wallace Collection Ensemble – Composer Jay Capperauld will shake up the British brass band movement with an exciting and atmospheric new work for brass quintet and brass band called ‘New Moves for The Movement’ to be toured in Scotland, England and Wales

Beyond Borders was established in 2010 to support high quality co-commissions and tours, stimulating collaboration between composers, performance groups and music organisations across the four different UK countries and, since 2014, the Republic of Ireland too.

Previous Beyond Borders successes have included Songs of Separation, a collective of 10 female English and Scottish folk musicians whose album won ‘Best Album’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards this year, and David Fennessy’s ‘Panopticon’, commissioned by Hebrides and Psappha, which won the Scottish Award for New Music for Small Scale work. Martin Green’s ‘Flit’, combining live music and animation which reflects on first hand stories of migration, also won over audiences and critics nationwide last year, and was funded through Beyond Borders.

Beyond Borders is a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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PRS Foundation’s CEO, Vanessa Reed says, “This fund encourages creative collaboration across borders, and in doing so enables some incredibly rich commissions to come to fruition. The range and quality of music creators and organisations in this round presents exciting opportunities for audiences in the UK and Ireland to discover new music.”

Clare Hewitt, Music Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “The creative sparks ignited by the artists and producers who will bring these projects to life illuminate what is possible when collaboration is at the heart of an idea.  We are excited about the prospect of so many people throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland being able to share in the creative energy that will be spread through the live performances, tours and recordings of this year’s Beyond Borders projects.”

Arts Council of Ireland’s Niall Doyle Head of Music and Opera said, “The Arts Council of Ireland is delighted to be part of this initiative. The strength, diversity and richness of the projects supported through the Beyond Borders is testament to the quality of music of these islands.”

Arts Council of Wales David Alston Arts Director said, “Beyond Borders has been doing exactly what it says on the tin – taking music imaginatively across our countries and going beyond borders in a series of explorations of forms, talents and rich collaborations. We are delighted to play our part in making these artistic journeys possible and for them to meet with new and engaged audiences.”

Arts Council Northern Ireland’s Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, added; “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support this important artist development programme through National Lottery funding.  Beyond Borders enables our most talented musicians to collaborate with other artists and organisations across the UK in new high-quality projects, gaining a vital platform for their music to tour and be heard by new audiences, bringing great art within the reach of everyone.