Hear excerpts from works by David Bruce, Emily Howard and Michael Wolters
Six months in and New Music 20x12 is past the halfway point. Composers representing a range of different styles and backgrounds have been commissioned through the PRS for Music Foundation in association with the Cultural Olympiad to write 20 new works, each 12 minutes in length, celebrating the Olympic Games. These works are being performed in various locations around the country and encompass a number of different genres, from brass band and chamber opera to folk and jazz. BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting each new work, and you can buy downloads of each of the pieces from NMC Recordings as they are released or pay a £12 subscription for all 20 works.
Gramophone has teamed up with NMC Recordings to bring you free audio excerpts of each 20x12 work on the Gramophone Player as it becomes available to download. In January we brought you Howard Skempton's Five Rings Triples. In April NMC released three more recordings - Anna Meredith's Hands Free with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Luke Carver Goss's Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race with the Black Dyke Band and Manchester Chorale, and Sally Beamish's Spinal Chords with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Last month we brought you three further recordings - Graham Fitkin's Track to Track: The Athlon with the London Chamber Orchestra, Jason Yarde's Skip, Dash, Flow with Wonderbrass, and Joe Cutler's Ping! with the Coull Quartet.
This month we bring you three more releases - David Bruce's Fire performed by The Opera Group, Emily Howard's Zatopek! performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Michael Wolters's The Voyage performed by Stan's Cafe.
Hear excerpts of these on the Gramophone Player below: