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

Michael WoltersMichael Wolters

The Voyage

The Voyage is a collaboration between the composer Michael Wolters and theatre company Stan’s Cafe. The piece focuses on a mythological character who leaves home, travels overseas to face trials and so may return a hero.

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 Michael Wolters

Michael Wolters was born in 1971 in Mönchengladbach and grew up in Niederkrüchten, a small German village on the Dutch border. After working as a care worker in a children's home and a runner at several theatres in Germany and England he studied Applied Theatre Studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany and Composition with Patric Standford and Christopher Fox in Huddersfield (BA, MA) and with Vic Hoyland in Birmingham (PhD).

His works have been performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester (with Isobel Bowler), Spitalfields Festival (with Isobel Bowler), the Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool and various other concert halls and festivals. He frequently collaborates with German theatre artist Marcus Droß and is a founding member of the artists’ collective New Guide to Opera.

 

Stan's CafeStan's Cafe

 

Stan's Cafe is a group of artists from a variety of disciplines, though primarily theatre practitioners, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker. The company consists of a core of long term collaborators and a range of associated artists. The line up changes according to the project being worked upon.

Graeme and James agreed to form the company whilst eating at Stan's Cafe, just off Brick Lane in London.

We wanted an unusual name, but one that wasn't too aggressive, too posturing, a cheap joke, a bad pun or overly earnest. Station House Opera had always seemed a good name, mainly because they didn't do opera. So there you go...

Oh yes and it's pronounced Caff.

Stan's Cafe was formed when both Graeme and James were pretty rootless. Birmingham was chosen as the company's base for a number of reasons. Graeme had been brought up here and so knew the city. The place was cheap to live in and easy to tour from. Neither of us knew of any companies resembling the one we wanted to form already in the city. We fancied being big fish in what seemed like a big pond. At that time (1991) Birmingham was in the middle of the enormous civic investment programme that built Symphony Hall, the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena. The city centre resembled a massive building site; plans were afoot for the conversion of the old Birds Custard factory into a centre for artists to work in, Hockley was gaining an identity as a media centre. It seemed like an energetic place to come.

 

 

 

The Voyage

The performance of The Voyage by Stan's Cafe was recorded by the BBC at @AE Harris on 6 May 2012, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 16 June 2012.

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

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

Michael Wolters and Stan's Cafe

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

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