Commissions and composition opportunities

Larry Goves
Larry Goves

Larry Goves is Artistic Director the Open Score project and writes: “I am thrilled to be acting as Artistic Director for the year ahead. It’s a little daunting to be writing alongside such fantastic composers; There is great variety in these composers’ outputs but they’re all united by the sense of adventure and their relationship to documentary in their work (however elusive or explicit). I can’t wait to hear what they come up with!” He has written a piece himself and commissioned four others:

Larry Goveshigh-functioning middle-class alcoholism
Joanna BailieHildegardstrasse/ Bundesallee
Sarah HenniesGrowing Block
Tim Parkinsonsecond song for many
Matthew SergeantEarthworks

Kate Whitley has written Three Movements, a large scale piece for orchestra and choir to be used as the centre piece of the Festival in many locations.

Four nonclasical associate composers have written for the Festival:

Lola de la MataMagnetic Encounters
Blasio KavumaPathways
Dan SamsaNeurostella
Yfat Soul ZissoFrenzy

Six works for non-specific vocal ensembles are being commissioned by James Weeks and Janet Oates.

The 2020 Festival will also feature composition projects involving younger generations, all resulting in Festival premieres, including Junior RCM composers, young players of the East London Community Band, a multi-schools project writing for Nonesuch Orchestra and an environment themed brief with RNCM and Manchester University students.