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

Graham FitkinGraham Fitkin

Track to Track: The Athlon

 

“It feels like a really good, inclusive way of working that has brought something really magic to Track to Track and will help us truly celebrate the Olympic spirit.”

Evening Standard

 

Inspired by Benjamin Britten and WH Auden’s Night Mail, Track to Track: The Athlon celebrates the journey of the Olympic Javelin Train taking passengers from St. Pancras Station to Stratford and back during the Olympics. Original motifs for the work have been prepared by children working in LCO’s and Barnardo’s Music Junction partnership. Track to Track: The Athlon, composed for ensemble and string orchestra, is set to a text by poet Glyn Maxwell and can be heard by train commuters as much as audiences in the concert hall.

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 Graham Fitkin

Graham Fitkin is a UK composer who works with acoustic and electronic instruments, collaborates with dance, film and digital media alongside concert orchestral and chamber music, and is committed to involvement throughout the chain of music making – performing, conducting, publishing, producing and educating.

A ‘Composer for Dance Award’ in 1990 led to a new work for David Massingham Dance.  Ever since then Graham has worked frequently with choreographers around the world with performances being given by Shobana Jeyasingh, Wayne McGregor's Random Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Bi-Ma, Sidonie Rochon, Munich Ballet and National Ballet of Portugal.  He won the International Grand Prix Music for Dance Video Award in 1994.

Between 1994 and 1996 Graham was resident composer with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra producing five new works.  Since then many works have been commissioned and composed for orchestra, performances include those by the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, RSNO, BBC NOW, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Symphony , Nederlands Radio Orchestra etc.  He has conducted orchestras in venues from Lincoln Center to South Bank to Aula Magna. 

STILL WARM for electronically manipulated harps toured UK in 2007 with visuals by Marc Silver and Nick Corrigan.  Concerned with the juxtaposition of opposites, this placed early gaelic plucked instruments into new contexts with digitalia and live visuals. Graham performed the work with his partner Ruth Wall.

Other recent works include CIRCUIT - a Double Concerto for two pianos and orchestra, commissioned by the BBC and featuring soloists Kathryn Stott and Noriko Ogawa - PAWN for the Duke Quartet, LENS for the Concertgebouw in Holland (for Janine Jansen, Christian Poltera and Kathryn Stott) and SINEW for the Fibonacci Sequence. There have also been collaborations with LCO, Powerplant, artist John Keys and Royal Ballet choreographer Jonathan Watkins.

2011 saw a new production for the Royal Ballet, a concerto for midi-harp and orchestra, and a new cello concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Proms.

 
London Chamber Orchestra

London Chamber OrchestraEntering its tenth decade, the London Chamber Orchestra looks back on 90 years of outstanding concerts. Remarkable for its history as the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra, LCO also champions new music and effects real change through education and charity work.

The London Chamber Orchestra has remained an innovative and adventurous ensemble, premièring works by some of the twentieth century’s most important composers, including Stravinsky, Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Respighi, Delius, de Falla, Fauré, Finzi, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Poulenc and Villa Lobos. Since his appointment as LCO’s Principal Conductor and Music Director in 1988, Christopher Warren-Green has continued this tradition with premieres including works by Maxwell Davies, MacMillan, Fitkin and a host of new compositions from young composers. On 22 March 2012, LCO premieres Track to Track: The Athlon, commissioned bv The LCO Trust as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympics and PRSF New Music 20x12.

In retaining its independence from public subsidy, LCO continues to enjoy significant support from private donors, enthusiastic audiences, corporate sponsors and Trusts and Foundations. LCO insists on impeccable performance credentials in attracting its advocates. Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green, LCO’s musicians and management aim to uphold LCO’s world-class stature and its mission to educate, enlighten and entertain.

 

Graham Fitkin BandGraham Fitkin Band

 

“The new band is a nine piece ensemble focusing on new and rhythmically intricate music.   Performances are amplified and tread the line between formal concert genres and more informal musics.

It consists of three wind (2 saxes, trumpet), three percussive (2 percussion, piano) and three plucked instruments (guitar, harps, bass).   The first concert was given at Chester Festival on 15 July 2009.   The ensemble toured the UK in 2010/11 and in 2012 will be performing at the ROH in a new opera, and as part of the Cultural Olympiad with the LCO.

Dealing with pulse and rhythm and using relentless stamina, the music often involves long periods of dynamic unisons breaking into rhythmic polyphonic complexity.   The process of research and performance development is key to the way we will work over the next few years.”- The Graham Fitkin Band

 

Glyn MaxwellGlyn Maxwell

 

Maxwell read English at Oxford University and won a scholarship to Boston University where he studied poetry and drama.

His first book of poetry, Tale of the Mayor's Son, was published in 1990. Out of the Rain (1992) won a Somerset Maugham Award, and Rest for the Wicked (1995) was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize.

As well as radio dramas Maxwell has written a number of theatre plays, several of which have been performed professionally, including Broken Journey  (which was a Time Out Critics' Choice),The Lifeblood, Anyroad and The Only Girl in the World.

Maxwell also writes opera libretti, including The Girl of Sand for the Almeida Theatre, in collaboration with the composer Elena Langer, and a libretto based on Euripides' The Birds , composed by Ed Hughes for The Opera Group, performed at the City of London Festival 2005.

He is currently adapting Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose for Moving Pictures Theatre Company. His latest poetry collection, Hide Now, was published in 2008, and shortlisted for the 2008 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year).

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Fitkin

This performance of Track to Track: The Athlon by the London Chamber Orchestra was recorded by Floating Earth at Cadogan Hall, London on 22 March 2012, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 May 2012.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

Graham Fitkin and London Chamber Orchestra Trust

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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.

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