Baroque Remixed: Composer Shortlist Announced
17 December 2012
In October the BBC Concert Orchestra set a challenge to Post Graduate and Fellows in the UK to re-write Baroque masterpiece ‘Rondeau’ from Purcell’s Abdelazer Suite. An intrepid bunch answered the call.
After a day of delving into the submitted scores the panel (Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley; BBC Concert Orchestra General Manager Andrew Connolly and Leader Cynthia Fleming; composer and arranger Andrew Cottee) selected five pieces that will go through to round two:Marisa Hartanto Rumble to the Past (Royal Holloway)
Rupert Jeffcoat Getting in the Doldrums (Salford University)
Joshan Mahmud Re-Rondeau (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Anne-Marie O'Farrell Rann Dó Trí (Queen's University Belfast)
Alice Trueman Abdelazer's Dream (University of Wolverhampton)
Andrew Connolly, BBC Concert Orchestra General Manager and Baroque Remixed Panellist, says:
“I was immediately struck by the ingenuity of the composers and the different ways they approached the challenge. The exciting part now is hearing the detail of the pieces when they’re played by the orchestra in January and we share our thoughts and suggestions for development.”
The five shortlisted composers will spend a day with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the iconic Maida Vale studios on 12 January 2013, under the guidance of genre-straddling conductor Charles Hazlewood. Then, up to two final works will be chosen to be performed by the orchestra live on BBC Radio 3 at London’s Roundhouse in March 2013.
Read about the Baroque Remixed challenge we set below.
Remix Baroque masterpiece ‘Rondeau’ from Purcell’s Abdelazer Suite and you may have your work performed by one of the UK’s most versatile ensembles. Up to two scores will be chosen to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from London’s coolest venue, the Roundhouse.
A project open to Postgraduates and Fellows studying composition at a UK institution
26 November 2012 (midnight GMT): closing date for scores
12 January 2013: workshop at BBC Maida Vale Studios
11 March 2013: live broadcast and concert at the Roundhouse, London
The BBC Concert Orchestra is on the hunt for fresh and exciting composers, so we’re setting you the challenge to re-write Purcell’s Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite for the modern age. With the orchestra as your palette you could include electronic elements; influences from non-classical genres such as Jazz or Folk; non-western instrumentation and sound worlds. See Terms & Conditions for the full orchestra line-up.
Listen to a selection of pieces written for the BBC Concert Orchestra that reflect the style and range of music the orchestra performs.
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- Anne Dudley Northern Lights
- Dave Heath Rhapsody
- Paul Patterson Jubilee Dances
Five experts from the world of music come together to shortlist the scores:
Anne Dudley is an Oscar, Grammy and Brit Award winning composer, and was the BBC Concert Orchestra’s first Composer-in-Association. http://www.annedudley.co.uk/
Andrew Connolly is the BBC Concert Orchestra’s General Manager and has many years’ experience working with orchestras.
Charles Hazlewood is no stranger to mixing genres, having formed a period instrument ensemble and contemporary group as well as the Paraorchestra and his own festival Orchestra in a Field. http://charleshazlewood.com/home.html
Cynthia Fleming joined the orchestra in 1982, becoming its current leader in 2004. In that time she has played all varieties of music across the world.
Andrew Cottee is an arranger, composer and orchestrator who has reworked music from Westlife to Ivor Novello and Hollywood to classical. http://andrewcottee.com/index.html
Workshop at Maida Vale with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Up to six entries will be shortlisted for a workshop with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the iconic BBC Maida Vale studios, the home to the John Peel sessions and countless classical and pop recordings. You’ll spend time with the orchestra who will rehearse and record your piece, and you'll receive feedback from the panel.
Concert at London’s Roundhouse and Broadcast on BBC Radio 3
From the workshop session the orchestra and panel will choose up to two scores that will be performed at London’s Roundhouse and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Roundhouse is home to bold and exciting live music, dance, theatre and circus, keeping young people at the heart of everything they do. BBC Radio 3 is the world’s largest commissioner of new music, broadcasting a wide range of world music, jazz, drama and arts programmes.
Terms & Conditions
Please read the Terms & Conditions carefully before submitting your work.
Download the Terms & Conditions here (word document)
How to Apply
Baroque Remixed is now closed for submissions