Steve Reich, “I wish you great success in this humane and much needed project”.
We have invited leading composers from around the world to write new work in support of their performing colleagues.
This unique, international effort will provide valuable paid work to musicians whose livelihoods have been hit hard by the lockdown and it will result in the creation of a new and extraordinary, collaborative piece of music.
We are running a crowd funding campaign in support of this project. To donate, please click here.
The project provides immediate, crucial financial support along with the creative outlet and collaborative experience that is so central to musicians’ lives.
These fantastic performers, many from the Bristol Ensemble, have been at the heart of our work for many years and we owe much of our success to their talent and generosity of spirit.
The 12 composers who will be writing new work for this project* are:
- Sally Beamish
- Gavin Bryars
- Michael Ellison
- Graham Fitkin
- Dame Evelyn Glennie
- Sadie Harrison
- Nico Muhly
- John Pickard
- Geoff Poole
- Howard Skempton
- Mark-Anthony Turnage
- * and Steve Reich who has granted us exclusive rights to create and use an arrangement of our choice of one his works.
We have received the completed pieces and the performers are now recording their individual parts at home, in “lockdown”, in accordance with government restrictions.
The recorded parts will then be edited and mixed for online distribution (via streaming and download sites).
All the composers have waived their commission fees and Sound World is not charging for running this project.
Any revenue from online sales and any donations received beyond our initial target will go towards helping more musicians, making a difference to more people’s lives.
This project focuses on creating something genuinely positive and valuable out of a terrible situation. It solves an immediate financial crisis, not through charity handouts, but through a wonderful, collaborative, artistic endeavour. It will make a real difference to the participants, not just in material terms, but to their wellbeing and mental health.
It will provide the wider public with a great example of what art and artists can achieve and contribute in a time of need.