Musicians in Residence – China
PRS for Music Foundation and the British Council have joined forces on a very exciting and innovative project selecting 4 UK musicians to spend 6 weeks in China writing new music and building new, international relationships.
IMOGEN HEAP, JAMIE WOON, GARETH BONELLO and MATTHEW BOURNE have been chosen from around 40 applicants to take part in a residency programme organised by the British Council and PRS for Music Foundation. The residencies are designed to enable innovative British musicians to explore new musical territory, reach new audiences and write new material in the context of an emerging, international market.
Between October 2011 and March 2012, each musician will immerse themselves in and respond to their environment; meeting local people and sharing their experiences via local and international media. The new music will then be performed publicly in China and the UK in 2012.
The musicians will travel to four cities across China:
- Hangzhou (East China)
- Xi’an (North China)
- Chengdu (South West China)
- Xiamen (South East China)
These cities have been chosen with a view to reaching audiences across China, developing relationships with new partners in key cities, and engaging with local young people across the country through music.