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

Anna MeredithAnna Meredith

HandsFree

“…fantastically planned and choreographed.”

The Guardian

 

HandsFree enables NYO’s young musicians, from all over Britain, to share their musicianship and creative inventiveness without their instruments, through clapping, body percussion and beatboxing. Set for flashmob style performances in cities nationwide and as a surprise opener/encore to NYO concerts, Anna shaped HandsFree in workshops with members of the NYO, in her words, 'building a piece they're excited to perform and want to own, that showcases their virtuosity to audiences old and new'.

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 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

 

About Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith is a composer and performer of electronic and acoustic music.

Her acoustic material has been performed around the world by leading orchestras and ensembles. She has been composer in residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and is currently the PRS/RPS Composer in the House with Sinfonia ViVA.

She came to public attention through her 2008 work froms for the BBC Last Night of the Proms and has since written another BBC Prom commission, her first opera (Tarantula in Petrol Blue - with libretto by Philip Ridley) and collaborated with the beatboxer Shlomo - writing the acclaimed Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra. Anna is also a judge for the BBC Young Musician of the Year, a mentor for Goldie for the TV show Classic Goldie and a frequent guest and commentator for the BBC Proms and other Radio 3 and 4 shows. She was also the classical music representative for the 2009 South Bank Show Breakthrough Award and won the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.


Anna's recent piece, Four Tributes to 4am for orchestra, electronics and visuals by Eleanor Meredith was premiered by Sinfonia ViVA and André de Ridder as part of the ABO Conference in Feb 2011.

She is building a reputation for her eclectic electronic work which she has performed throughout Europe alongside a diverse range of artists including supporting These New Puritans in Berlin, James Blake, Seb Rochford and Max de Wardener at Ether 2011 and a solo set at La Carrière de Normandoux.  She has recently been touring, performing alongside Mira Calix performing their compositions for string quartet and sampled MRI scanner as part of Brainwaves.

 

picNational Youth Orchestra

Every year, 170 talented teenagers from all corners of the country join forces to achieve something extraordinary. They reawaken classical music, reinvigorating great repertoire with fresh energy and resonance.

They generate tremendous team spirit and remind us all of the exhilarating rewards that come from hard work, dedication and following their dreams. Everyone who sees them in action agrees the NYO presents a luminous portrait of the youth of today.

The orchestra meets for residential courses each year. Every day of each course is another extraordinary occasion, fusing intensive instrumental rehearsals with workshops addressing all aspects of musicality including voice, movement, composing and improvisation. It’s an opportunity to learn from inspiring professionals and make sensational music with wonderful international artists who works with the orchestra every year. A range of distinctive projects also enables our young musicians to be the drivers of the creative process, exploring new approaches, relationship and settings.

 

 

HandsFreepic

The performance of HandsFree by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain was recorded for BBC Radio 3 in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool on 5 January 2012. It was broadcast on Radio 3 on 21 April 2012.

The work is available on NMC in mp3 and FLAC download formats. (See below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

Special thanks to the Musicians Benevolent Fund for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible.

 

 

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