New Music 20x12
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

'The 20x12 project continues to be a great source of discovery and, to my mind, the most interesting offshoot of the Olympic Games' Composition Today

Introduction to New Music 20x12

 

“…New Music 20x12, a smart commissioning scheme that promises to punch above its weight in terms of reach and endurance.” Classical Music Magazine

 

New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty 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.

Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as MP3/ FLAC download from NMC.

The commissions encompass an exciting range of composers and music genres and offer a snapshot of the UK’s rich musical life, from jazz, folk and music for brass band to contemporary classical, chamber opera and music written for dance. Each piece takes its inspiration from the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – endeavour, celebration, achievement and collaboration – and invites you to take part in a once in a lifetime celebration of new music.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 2012, NMC Recordings and a wide range of generous funders who have supported these outstanding commissions which will contribute to the cultural legacy of London 2012. For a full list of funding partners click here.

 

The Olympics continue to be a source of inspiration this month for composers taking part in the 20x12 project. There are three new tracks  available on NMC: Aidan O'Rourke's jauntily minimalist TAT-1, inspired by the first transatlantic telephone cable; the astringent and powerful mini-opera Our Day by Conor Mitchell, set against the backdrop of events in Northern Ireland in 1972; and Oliver Searle's mercurial Technophobia, which brings together conventional and unconventional instruments played by young disabled musicians and their peers. Composition Today

 

The 20x12 project continues to be a great source of discovery and, to my mind, the most interesting offshoot of the Olympic Games. NMC have recently released three new pieces in the series: The Voyage by Michael Wolters, Zatopek! by Emily Howard and Fire by CT founder David Bruce. These new works greatly enrich what was already a delicious smorgasbord of new music. As before, they are available as a subscription download, and as individual tracks on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Composition Today

 

Pay just £12 and we will send you the digital (mp3/FLAC) version of each PRS for Music Foundation New Music 20×12 release.

This subscription will entitle you to every digital release in the New Music 20×12 project.

Visit our online store here to purchase your subscription.

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view the 20x12 programme.

FUNDERS

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 2012, NMC Recordings and a wide range of generous funders who have supported these outstanding commissions which will contribute to the cultural legacy of London 2012.

 

For a full list of funding partners click here.

 

COMMENTS

The new pieces are amazing,

The new pieces are amazing, and I am so glad they are available on Itunes because that's the most convenient method for me. Thanks so much.

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