Opportunity: Be part of Next Wave 2017
Are you thinking about what your next step should be? Join the Next Wave!
Next Wave is a national project promoting and supporting talented students in higher education, delivered in partnership between Sound and Music and NMC Recordings as a pilot project in 2014. The only programme of its kind in the country, it addresses the identified gap in support for talented young composers about to embark on a professional career.
This time around we are partnering with NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead to offer an opportunity for up to 6 composers studying in higher education to join the programme for a year of bespoke support. This will involve developing works for chamber-sized groups of musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia – the only full time chamber orchestra in the UK, as well as one of three highly acclaimed solo artists –Quinta, Loré Lixenberg and Luke Carver Goss.
Selected composers will have the opportunity to work collaboratively, exploring and pushing the boundaries of both their work and the possibilities of sound offered by the musicians and artists. They will also receive mentoring support to help with the development of their works which will be recorded at dedicated recording sessions for international release on NMC as a digital download album, to be launched at a live showcase event at the Sage in January 2018.
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Deadline: 10am Thursday 16th February
Next wave composers will have the opportunity to work with....
Luke Carver Goss
Luke Carver Goss is a composer & performer who writes for and performs with unusual and regular instrumental combinations.
He writes and performs regularly with poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan. Their group The Ian McMillan Orchestra toured the length and breadth of the UK, and featured on The South Bank Show. Together, they co-curated Sage Gateshead's first Words & Music Festival. The centre-piece of this was Homing In, a work for gigantic instrumental and vocal forces. Their most recent piece together is a new carol, ‘A Single Snowflake’: a commission for Chester Cathedral. They are also currently working on a children’s opera for Mahogany opera group.
He has also worked with several touring bands, including The Angel Brothers, The Devil’s Violin Company, Tea Hodzic Trio and Szapora.
His music includes commissions for Black Dyke Brass Band, Tredegar Town Band, The Sage Gateshead, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. He was a composer for the Cultural Olympiad and his piece Pure Gold: a 4X4 Relay was broadcast on Radio 2 and 3.
Mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg has performed as soloist with many distinguished orchestras and ensembles including BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Her rich experience in music theatre includes performing the lead role in Bent Sørensen’s opera Under Himlen at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen as well as participating in many projects with Théâtre de Complicité. She has featured in numerous television programmes, including the Channel 4 documentary What made Mozart tick and Kombat Opera Presents…, a set of six comedy operas on BBC2.
Loré Lixenberg sang the roles of Peaches and Baby Jane in Richard Thomas’ award-winning Jerry Springer - The Opera at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Theatre and in London’s West End, as well as on the subsequently released CD. In 2011 and again in 2014, she sang the role of Shelley in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She made the première recording of John Cage’s Songbooks for Subrosa and has worked with many composers and artists including Aperghis, Birtwistle, Stockhausen, McLean, Stelarc, Toop, Sørensen and Oehring.
Quinta is a London-based multi-instrumentalist performer, improviser and experimental composer.
As well as her solo project, she has collaborated with a range of critically-acclaimed and innovative artists, including Bat for Lashes, Patrick Wolf, Scanner, Lou Rhodes, Penguin Café, Marques Toliver, pioneering ‘paperteers’, The Paper Cinema, award-winning acrobatic troupes Ockham’s Razor and Mimbre, and flagship contemporary dance company, Rambert, where she was 2015/16 composer-in-residence. She is one of the three 2016/17 British Council/PRS China musicians-in-residence, alongside Emmy the Great and David Lyttle. Since 2010, Quinta has worked with Radiohead’s Philip Selway, collaborating on the musical score for Rambert’s highly-acclaimed Merce Cunningham Event in 2014 and co-producing and performing on Selway’s 2015 release, Weatherhouse. She is one quarter of all-female experimental arts collective, Collectress, who released their first album, Mondegreen, in 2014. Classically trained rather than classically moulded, Quinta meets free play and experimentation with musical
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival and further afield, last year touring to Brazil and in Europe.
In recent seasons RNS has worked with conductors and soloists Christian Tetzlaff, Christian Lindberg, Olli Mustonen, Paul McCreesh, Robert Levin; a host of world-class singers including Sally Matthews, Karen Cargill and Elizabeth Watts, and also collaborated with leading popular voices such as Sting, Ben Folds and John Grant. It has commissioned new music, recently by Benedict Mason, David Lang, John Casken and Kathryn Tickell, and in the 2015/16 season launched a new Young Composers Competition.
RNS has always been actively involved in local communities and in education. This season the orchestra will perform across the region in Kendal, Middlesbrough, Carlisle, Berwick, Barnard Castle and Sunderland, as well as in Gateshead. Musicians support young people learning musical instruments through Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training and through In Harmony, a long-term programme in Hawthorn Primary School in which every child in the school learns a musical instrument and plays in an orchestra.
About Next Wave
Next Wave is a partnership project between Sound and Music, NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead, designed to support and promote composers in higher education as they transition into the professional music industry. This programme is funded by the Leverhulme Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation