Encore: Discover lost works by living composers

30 Jun 2012

Encore is a collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 designed to give repeat performances and broadcasts of works by living British Composers which otherwise might be lost from view.

Artists, publishers and programmers from around the country nominated nearly 70 chamber pieces, from which a distinguished jury has chosen 12 works to be played and broadcast over a two year period from June 2011.

Jury members included BBC Radio 3’s Andrew Kurowski (chair), Guardian music critic Tom Service, clarinettist Joy Farrall, Alasdair Nicholson, Director of St. Magnus Festival and pianist/broadcaster Stephen Plaistow.  All Encore live performances will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and accompanied by events designed to encourage wider audiences and greater understanding of the music.

Coming up in Encore shortly works by Giles Swayne, Hugh Wood, Brian Ferneyhough and David Matthews.

Read more and hear extracts of all the selected works

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Encore is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation, The Mercers’ Company, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Idlewild Trust.



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