RPS and Radio 3 commission works for NGA

07 May 2015

In partnership with BBC Radio 3, the Royal Philharmonic Society has commissioned six composers to write a 10-minute chamber piece for a BBC New Generation Artist. The pieces will be broadcast on Radio 3.

Alan Davey, controller of BBC Radio 3, said: "BBC Radio 3 is proud to partner with the RPS to offer the chance for new young artists to premiere a specially commissioned work from acclaimed contemporary composers. As the most significant commissioner of new classical works, the station is delighted to support both young artists in their career development and established composers. It’s an important part of BBC Radio 3’s role as a major cultural institution and is an important part of our distinctive offering, giving our over 2 million listeners the chance to be at the cutting edge of classical music making and closer to the big names of the future."

The collaborations are as follows:

Jonathan Dove will compose for Kitty Whately (mezzo) – to be performed at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival
John Casken for Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) – to be performed at Wigmore Hall, 1 February 2016
Matthias Pintscher for Benjamin Appl (baritone)
Sally Beamish for Lise Berthaud (viola)
Rolf Wallin for the Danish String Quartet
Kurt Schwertsik for Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello)

7 May 2015


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