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What is Bach to the Future?
Bach to the Future is a project commissioning a set of new works for unaccompanied violin to be performed alongside J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas. It's almost 300 years since Bach finished writing his pieces in 1720, and a lot has happened in music since then. While there's some great music out there for solo violin, a lot of my favourite composers both from the past and present haven't written anything at all. So it made sense to commission some new works. The wonderful composers who have agreed to write for me are:
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
With your support, this Kickstarter campaign will fundraise the final £3000 needed for the creation and London Premieres of the first three of these works. These performances will take place at London's The Forge on Wednesdays 8th April, 6th May and 10th June 2015.
Why should you give the project your hard earned cash?!?
Well, other than all the brilliant rewards we've come up with for you...... This is going to be a great thing, not just for now and for me - these pieces will be available for all violinists everywhere to perform as long as the world spins. 50 years hence, people won't be able to look back and say "what a shame that there's a gap in the repertoire" the way we do now with composers such as Britten, Tippet, Walton and so on.
Why unaccompanied violin?
Most things you do with a violin are with other people. That's wonderful, but it does mean there are always some limits as to where you can perform, and who you can bring the music to. Unaccompanied, I can play anywhere at all as long as the ceiling's high enough! So I will be taking the project to some really out of the way places and unusual venues, places where there isn't usually much access to live music.
Bach's Sonatas and Partitas are some of the very greatest and most complete music ever written, and they're full of music I've always loved performing. I want to dispel the myth that Bach's music is complicated and cerebral. Although there are plenty of complexities in the writing, that's always just the starting point. Whether it's in joyful dances or movements full of pain and sadness, this music speaks directly to the heart.
Who are Cheryl, Piers and Gordon?
These three composers have all written works I've loved performing. Although each of them writes so differently, they all create music that really says something and always has meaning. For that reason, I know their new pieces will be perfect partners and foils to the Bach works.
Cheryl studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Cambridge University and Kings College, London. She has won countless prizes for her compositions including the BBC Young Composer Competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, and BASCA British Composer Awards. Her acclaimed debut CD of chamber works, The Glory Tree was chosen as 'Chamber Music Choice' by the BBC Music Magazine in October 2011. Following her residency as DARE Cultural Fellow at Opera North, Cheryl is presently Music Fellow for Rambert Dance.
Piers' work has been performed around the world by leading artists including Evelyn Glennie, the Philharmonia, and the Hilliard Ensemble. His work Dogs and Wolves was described by The Gramophone in 2008 as "perhaps the most engaging British orchestral showpiece this decade", and his latest CD has been hailed by The Scotsman as "gorgeously impassioned work....a rich kaleidoscope of inspired creativity". Piers is Professor of Composition at Queen's University, Belfast, and his music is published by Edition Peters.
Gordon was born in 1937 in Bury, Lancashire. Much of his work reflects his interest in the dramatic and literary arts, and his compositions have been choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan and David Bintley, and for performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Notable concert works have been written to commission for international orchestras and festivals including the BBC Proms, and his music has been performed by the world's greatest artists and ensembles.
Who am I?
I'm a violinist. I spend most of my time playing chamber music, doing solo work, and leading and directing chamber orchestras, including the Deutsche Kammerakademie where I'm the regular concertmaster - I also enjoy exploring other kinds of music, like playing Tango with bandoneonist Hector Ulises Passarella. I love performing and communicating with audiences, and getting people excited about music. If you want to have a listen or find out more, you can head across to my website, or have a look at the bio link above.
£3000 is the amount I still have to raise for the creation and London Premieres of the first 3 commissions. The total cost of all 6 commissions is £25,000. I've been lucky with awards from the RVW Trust, PRSF for Music Foundation, the Cruach Trust, and the Nicholas Boas Trust, as well as some very generous donations from lovely audience members, both privately and at fundraising concerts. I'm so close now to my target for these first 3! And the great thing about this Kickstarter is that if you're all incredibly generous and I overreach my £3000 target, any extra money will be able to go straight into the remaining commissions.
Thank you so much to Ian Stark and VIT Media for producing the video, and Dylan and Charlotte at The Abbey for having us to film in their stunning Great Hall - also to the composers, Charlotte and Adam Caird at The Forge and everyone else who continues to support the project!
Risks and challenges
This project is full of challenges, but fortunately not too many risks! The composers have all started sketching their pieces, and I'm excited to perform the new works. Really the biggest risk is not finding this last little bit of money to make the project happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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