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

luke carver gossLuke Carver Goss

Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race

Luke Carver Goss was commissioned by the award-winning Black Dyke Band to write a piece which uses the structure of a relay race. Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race is divided into four three minute 'legs' - power, speed, losing ground and finally, triumph - and tells the tale of success through team work and sporting pride with poet Ian McMillan and the Manchester Chorale.

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

 

About Luke Carver Goss

Luke Carver Goss is a composer/performer who writes for unusual and regular instrumental combinations. His music includes commissions for BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Cultural Olympiad, and for festivals and concerts up and down the UK. He recently co-curated the Sage Gateshead’s first Words and Music festival with poet Ian McMillan. He is the main writer for The Ian McMillan Orchestra, as well as writing for The Devil’s Violin Group.

 

 

the manchester choraleThe Manchester Chorale

The Manchester Chorale was founded and funded by the BBC in 1979, but since the late 1980s has been totally independent. Jill Henderson-Wild was appointed its Musical Director in 2006.

The choir has always aimed to achieve high standards and that is reflected in competition successes at Sligo, Worcester and Bangor (NI); and the Chorale has become one of the best known names in the Sainsbury's Choir of the Year Competition, with regular televised appearances in the final stages of the competition.

In addition to Choir of the Year, the Chorale has made a number of other diverse television appearances: these include providing a chorus of Elvis Presley songs for a Granada TV game show, and a church choir for an episode of BBC comedy-drama 'Common as Muck'. In 1998 the Chorale broadcast live from the chapel of Lyme Hall for 'Lent in the Park', and in 2001 was chosen for a special edition of BBC1's 'Songs of Praise'.

Other highlights include tours to Portugal - as guests of the Orquestra do Algarve in 2003 - Norway, France and Germany, and performances supporting Wilhelmena Fernandez and José Carreras. For many members, however, the most memorable performance of all came in September 1995 at the (then new) Manchester Arena in front of 15,000 people, supporting Luciano Pavarotti.

 

ian mcmillanIan McMillan

Poet, writer and performer Ian McMillan is known nationally as a pundit on Newsnight Review, as English National Opera’s poet-in-residence and as the approachable and fanatical presenter of BBC Radio 3’s highly popular spoken word program The Verb. Having lived in Barnsley since his birth in 1956, McMillan writes weekly columns in The Yorkshire Post and the Barnsley Chronicle and is poet-in-residence of such local community pillars as Barnsley Football Club, Northern Spirit Trains and Humberside Police. Equal part performer and writer, McMillan is no stranger to the stage and since his debut as the teenage drummer in the folk-rock band Oscar the Frog has given live performances all over the country as a solo artist, as a member of The Circus of Poets, and more recently with the Ian McMillan Orchestra, whose album ‘Homing In’ is available on Taith Records. Described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘one of today’s greatest performers’, McMillan is renowned for his astute observations of everyday life, which are every bit as humorous as they are insightful.

 

 

The Black Dyke Bandthe black dyke band

The Black Dyke Band is a regional brass ensemble that emerged from the mill town of Queensbury just outside of Bradford in the early 1800’s. Most of its early members both lived in Queensbury and worked at the Black Dyke Mill from which the band takes its name, forming a close link between the band and the community which remains to this day. The Band has always been at the forefront of brass band activity, making one of the earliest recordings of that genre in 1904.

Since then the Band has made over 350 recordings, featuring creative contributions from the likes of former Prime Minister Edward Heath, Paul McCartney and Wings. The Band has won the National Brass Band Championships 22 times in total and the European Championships eleven times. In September 2005 the Band was awarded first prize at the British Open Championship in Birmingham.

The Black Dyke Band is proud to be the first ever Band in Residence at the Royal Northern College of Music, where it works closely with up-and-coming performers and composers to encourage new compositions and concerts.

 

pure goldThis performance of Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race by the Black Dyke Band was premiered on 27 January 2012 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. The performance was recorded for broadcast on Radio 3 on 21 April 2012.

The work is available on NMC in mp3 and FLAC download formats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 2012 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

 

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