Manchester Camerata

Deadline: Closed

Manchester Camerata have offered an opportunity for a composer to spend a season 'in residence' with the ensemble. We're pleased to announce that Brahim Kerkour has been chosen to take part. During the 2011/12 season the composers will have the opportunity to interact closely with the players and staff, initially observing the group in action before creating work for specific contexts as part of Manchester Camerata's Portraits season with the support of a specially selected mentor.

Manchester Camerata represents an exciting partner for SAM. Their work in broadening audiences, developing a range of access points and gaining their trust chimes well with and supports SAM’s mission to promote challenging contemporary music and sound art, widening audiences and inviting them to listen in new ways.  Manchester Camerata’s themed projects offer the possibility of audience connection and range from workshop and performance opportunities for new and established composers, collaborations with people from the classical world and beyond, digital events, and events outside the concert hall. They are working on professional development for their players and take players into residence in local areas, again which offers potential contact points for the composer in residence.

Learning and participation is at the heart of Camerata’s work and they strive each season to use the music performed in the hall to produce inspirational projects for people of all ages. Often the outcomes of these projects are presented on the same platform as the ‘main’ event as a key part of the performance and this integral approach highlights the weight given to this area in the programming.

The professional development opportunities available to Brahim include:

- Open access to all Manchester Camerata rehearsals and performances as opportunity to observe, get to know ensemble’s work, players and team

- One-to-one sessions with players in a closed environment to explore and try out material and techniques (within rehearsal time)

- Opportunity to develop a range of works of varying scales for specific platforms with the ensemble connecting with the 2011/12 season’s broad themes, which have the potential to encompass cross-artform elements. Works could include a chamber scale piece, a piece for strings and a piece for the full chamber orchestra.

- Opportunity to collaborate with Manchester Camerata’s other platforms and projects: digital events programme, local residency programmes etc.

- Discussion, feedback and support available throughout from Manchester Camerata’s team, new Chief Conductor Gabor Takacs-Nagy and players

- Opportunity to observe outreach work

- Bursary towards time and writing

Nick Ponsillo of Manchester Camerata comments:

We are delighted to be partnering once again with SAM on the Embedded scheme for our 2011/12 season, and are excited to have selected Brahim Kerkour as our first composer-in-residence, from a very impressive shortlist. This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for the orchestra to spend some quality time working closely with Brahim throughout the year in a variety of contexts, building a much deeper relationship than a straight forward commission process. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the audience to gain a closer understanding and appreciation of contemporary composition‘.
It will be very exciting to see Brahim share his infectious and creative enthusiasm for music in all its forms with Learning and Participation participants during the 2011/12. We look forward to some fascinating collaborations with people of all ages throughout Camerata’s residencies.  

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In this project

Supported by

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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