Turner Sims commission selected for New Music Biennial 2017

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The PRS for Music Foundation today announced that new music commissioned by Turner Sims Southampton is one of twenty works selected for the New Music Biennial 2017.

The New Music Biennial 2017 is a PRS for music Foundation initiative which is presented in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017, London’s Southbank Centre and BBC Radio 3. The winning commissions present a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK including ten brand new works (of which the Turner Sims commission is one) and ten pre-existing works that have been composed within the last 15 years. The New Music Biennial includes new music from across all genres: from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk, electronic and music for brass band and organ.

Turner Sims has commissioned pianist, composer and bandleader Peter Edwards to create A Journey with the Giants of Jazz for their submission, in which he explores the year 1917. A period that saw the births of some of the most influential jazz artists including composer ‘Tadd’ Dameron, singer Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich and percussionist Mongo Santamaria, Peter will take inspiration from the motifs found in six of these artists’ classic works. The piece, to be performed by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra (a Tomorrow’s Warriors ensemble), deconstructs their themes to offer the audience a re-imagined and alternative musical experience.

Kevin Appleby, Concert Hall Manager at Turner Sims Southampton says:

I’m delighted that Turner Sims Southampton will be part of the New Music Biennial 2017. The initiative is an opportunity not only for us to present a new work from a composer with whom we have built up strong links over many years but also to collaborate with our Associate Artists Tomorrow’s Warriors. The performances by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra as part of our established and diverse jazz programme promise to be very special indeed.

The new work will receive its world premiere at Turner Sims before performances elsewhere, including at two celebration weekends in Hull on 1 & 2 July as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and 7- 9 July at London’s Southbank Centre.

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