Works supported by the RPS Drummond Fund since 2008
2019 - Gabriel Prokofiev // Didy Veldman // Birmingham Royal Ballet
[UN]LEASHED is the latest Drummond Fund commission, for performance at Birmingham Hippodrome and Sadlers Wells in London in June 2019. The Fund not only supported the commission but also helped the creative team embark on a residency to share ideas and shape the work.
Composer - Gabriel Prokofiev
Choreographer - Didy Veldman
First staged performance: 12 June 2019, Birmingham Hippodrome
2016 - David Sawer // Aletta Collins // Royal Ballet // London Sinfonietta
APRIL \ MARCH co-commissioned by the RPS Drummond Fund and BBC Radio 3, with support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. First musically performed before a thrilling digital installation at the Roundhouse as part of the BBC Proms in 2019, the long-intended first ballet performance was finally fulfilled by the Royal Ballet on the re-opening of its sumptuously-renovated Linbury Theatre in 2019.
Composer - David Sawer
Choreographer - Aletta Collins
World premiere: 20 August 2016, BBC Proms, Roundhouse, London (concert performance)
First staged performance: 6 February 2019, Royal Ballet, Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, London
2015 - Elena Kats-Chernin // Shobana Jeyasingh // Smith Quartet
MATERIAL MEN is a virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers, Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran of the Indian diaspora, who contrast in style between classical and hip hop in a dynamic exploration of rhythm, location and shared history.
Composer - Elena Kats-Chernin
Choreographer - Shobana Jeyasingh
World premiere: 16 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
2011 - Kenneth Hesketh // Sharon Watson // Phoenix Dance // Psappha
FORMS ENTANGLED, SHAPES COLLIDED is the title of the score written for Repetition of Change. The collaboration takes its inspiration from Greek philosophy and the theory of atomism – the idea that the world consists of two fundamental principles; atoms and void.
Composer - Kenneth Hesketh
Choreographer - Sharon Watson
2011 - Dario Palermo // Ben Duke // Dance Umbrella
THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE was inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée, this piece explores time travel, the power of the imagination and the relationship between the physical body and virtual reality.
Composer - Dario Palermo
Choreographer - Ben Duke
2011 - Julian Philips // Mickael Marso Riviere // Company Declage // Aurora Orchestra
MAXAMORPHOSIS juxtaposes ‘breaking’ (breakdance) and orchestral music. The piece was created especially for Aurora's Principal Viola Max Baillie - a trained dancer as well as an instrumentalist.
Composer - Julian Philips
Choreographer - Mickael Marso Riviere
2008 - Terry Mann // Rosemary Lee Projects // Greenwich Dance
COMMON DANCE is a 30-minute large-scale folk dance and music performance for a mixed–age cast of fifty professional and non-professional dancers, co-produced by Greenwich Dance.
Composer - Terry Mann
Choreographer - Rosemary Lee
2008 - Julian Anderson // Mark Baldwin // Rambert Dance
COMEDY OF CHANGE is a 30-minute concert work to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, commissioned by the RPS Drummond Fund and Asko Ensemble.
Composer - Julian Anderson
Choreographer - Mark Baldwin
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DID YOU KNOW?
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, commissioned by the Society in 1825, is still the most requested work on the BBC's Desert Island Discs.