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Liz Chi Yen Liew - violin/viola, liuqin, vocals
Andy Leung - electronics

Fran Bartlett - cello
Dennis Kwong Thye Lee - xiao, guzheng
Bernie Gardner - drums, Chinese red drum
Urban Youth Junk Bank - junk percussion

The Chinese New Year celebrations heralded in the Year of the Dragon and with it the dramatic unveiling of XX/XY – an East meets West fusion of new music. The work is inspired by the competition of life – from the battle of the sexes (female XX/male XY chromosomes) to the competitive spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics.

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.


20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.

Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.



Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and the PRS for Music Foundation


Recorded live at South Bank Centre in July 2012 by the BBC

Catalogue number:
NMC DL2012-18
Release Date:
28 August 2012