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

Gavin Higgins Gavin Higgins

 What Wild Ecstasy

 

“…blasting, warping score drives the choreography.”

The Guardian

 

Rambert Dance Company is reviving Rambert’s version of Nijinsky’s ballet L'Après-midi d'un Faune in  its centenary year, alongside the world premiere of What Wild Ecstasy. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin, this new work by Rambert’s inaugural Music Fellow Gavin Higgins, is a contemporary response to Debussy’s ground-breaking music, taking its original harmonic palette as its starting point. Where as L'Après-midi d'un Faune centres on the idea of sexual fantasy, What Wild Ecstasy will take on a far more aggressive character, exploring the base and animalistic side of the Faun.

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 Gavin Higgins

Gavin Higgins studied at Chethams School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music (supported by the AHRC and Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Awards) - where his tutors were Gary Carpenter and Ken Hesketh - graduating from a Masters Degree in 2009.

He has written for some of the UK's finest orchestras and ensembles: his works include Rage Dances for members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dancing At The Edge Of Hell for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and While Time Quietly Kills Them for the Manchester Camerata Orchestra. Other commissions include Urban Fairy Tales, performed as part of the Rising Star Series at the Cadogan Hall, Mechanical Cabaret as part of the Exhibition Road Music Day Festival and Fanfares and Love Songs written for the National Children's Band of Great Britain. He has had music performed by Liverpool Philharmonic's Ensemble 10/10, The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata and the Black Dyke Mills Band. 

Among his successes are A Forest Symphony, commissioned by the Voices in the Forest Festival, was selected for the wind and brass section of the British Composer Awards in 2008; his ballet Jeremiah, choreographed by Dane Hurst, was performed by the Rambert Dance Company at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre; and Three Broken Love Songs, commissioned and recorded by BBC Young Musician of the Year Mark Simpson, is available on NMC.

 

Rambert Dance Company

rambert dance companyRambert, the national company for contemporary dance, is one of the most distinctive and the most creative working in Britain today.

Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dancers as artists, leading the way for over 85 years. The vision of this energetic Polish woman ensured that dance as an artform took root and blossomed in this country, and Rambert’s influence now extends across the world.

Today, the Company thrives on its unique ability to share with audiences the widest range of repertoire: works from our rich heritage as the UK’s oldest dance company; new works and re-stagings by choreographers from all over the world, including those who may be less well-known in the UK; and landmark dance from the 20th century. Bold, risk-taking, agile and beautiful, our dancers combine rigorous technique and artistry with an extraordinary ability to challenge and entertain.

 

paul hoskinsPaul Hoskins, Music Director

Paul Hoskins is a champion of new music and has led the music at Rambert since 1996, helping to enhance the Company’s reputation as an important force in new music. In 2004 Paul won the Time Out award for outstanding contribution to dance, following the UK première of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet and a tour of Thomas Ades' Living Toys. In 2009 Paul launched the Rambert Music Fellowship, and the Rambert Orchestra, receiving critical acclaim for performances of Julian Anderson's The Comedy of Change and Mahler's orchestration of Schubert's Death and the Maiden.

Paul has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Sinfonia and Northern Chamber Orchestra, and was Principal Conductor of Cambridge New Music Players in the 1990s.

Paul works as a guest with many international ballet and opera companies in Europe and the USA. In recent years he has also conducted the premiere of Robert Moran’s Alice in Wonderland for Scottish Ballet, a new production of Swan Lake for San Francisco Ballet, and a variety of programmes for New York City Ballet.

 

Photography Credits

Gavin Higgins by Blackberry Photography

Two Rambert Dancers by Jon Savage, Julia Gillespie

Paul Hoskins by Simon Weir

Gavin Higgins

The performance of What Wild Ecstasy by the Rambert Orchestra  was recorded by the BBC on the 14 July 2012 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 18 August 2012.

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

VIDEO

Gavin Higgins and Rambert Dance Company

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Special thanks to the Finzi Trust and the Bliss Trust for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible.

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.

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