New Music 20x12

New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of 20 new pieces of music, each 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 the PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, NMC Recordings. Sound and Music also plays a role at the main event at the Southbank Centre, 13-15 July, with performances from composers and musicians from our annual Summer School, and a teachers' session focusing on how comsposition is taught in schools.

New Music 20x12 is showcasing a really diverse selection of compositional approaches, which draw on a range of themes raised by this summer's Olympics. From Joe Cutler's Ping!, which builds on the cross-rhythms of table tennis players, to Michael Wolters' The Voyage focusing on a mythological hero travelling overseas.

The 20 pieces are each being performed in a wide range of venues across the UK over the next 12 months, which you can explore on the sidebar of this page, and each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as MP3/ FLAC download from NMC Recordings. They will all be presented together at a Weekend Celebration at Southbank Centre on 13 - 15 July, where they can be considered in more depth - you can download a brochure with details of the New Music 20x12 Weekend here. The weekend will also be an opportunity to meet the composers and the organisations they are collaborating with, and will feature workshops and seminars on the art of creating new music. We're very pleased to be taking part in this fantastic platform for new music, and will be hosting two events as part of the weekend: 

Friday Lunch (performance of pieces by Summer School alumni)

Over the last four years, the Sound and Music Summer School has given over 150 young composers and creative musicians a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop their skills. They are a diverse group of people who represent the most creative young compositional talent in the country. For this performance, 10 new works by a Summer School participants will be premiered by an ensemble of professional musicians who have also attended or lectured on the course. The performance will be a fantastic representation of their work; from jazz to the downright experimental, from modern composition and world music to film scoring. Come and spot the stars from next generation of composers!

Teachers’ Session

Sound and Music has recently drawn together 6 action research teams, who have been addressing some of the issues surrounding secondary school music provision highlighted in past Ofsted reports, with the aim of bringing some change to the way composition is taught. They examined the interaction between pupils, teachers and professional composers and performers, and involved leading members of the formal education sector. This session at the New Music 20x12 Weekend will present some of the project’s key findings and offers the opportunity to engage with some of the main ideas in a practical way.

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