Update – 20 November 2017
Due the exceptional response to the Buy a Bar of Music Campaign, and thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our singers, friends, family and acquaintances, our £4,500 target has now been reached. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed and has helped make 'The Unspoken' a reality!
We would like to stress that the commission can now take place successfully without additional money, however, every penny above and beyond the £4,500 will reduce the amount of existing choir funds we have to spend to actually perform the work. Therefore the Kickstarter page will remain open till Monday 27th November and any additional donations will be welcome. Anyone donating £10 or more will appear under the list of supporters at the beginning of the completed printed score, and on our website. Supporters will be listed alphabetically by surname.
Once Kickstarter fees are taken from our overall total, the choir will receive c. £4,000 for the Unspoken project. When we initially selected the funding amount, we knew that existing choir funds could pay for the remaining shortfall (£1,240) to complete the project. We also wanted to be realistic about the amount that we had thought we could raise, and the likelihood of getting enough support in the short campaign lifespan. Given the wonderful response we have had to the campaign so far (and due to the fact that people are still pledging funds towards the commission) we have decided to share this information publicly, in the hope that people will continue to spread the word and help us raise some additional funds towards the remaining £1,240.
For those unfamiliar with the Buy a Bar of Music Campaign, you can read the full project description below...
Risks and challenges
The greatest risk to the success of the project was securing permission to use the text by Edwin Morgan within the new work. Permission has now been granted by Carcanet Press Ltd. and Jay Capperauld has begun planning the work and its overall structure.
The Glasgow School of Art Choir has allocated both rehearsal time and a concert performance to the new work, in order to allow for the world première, and both the ensemble and the composer have agreed to a timeline for the commissioning process and the delivery date for completed scores.
Artistically, the only real risk is that the ensemble does not have ‘The Unspoken’ ready for performance - to a standard which does justice to the work - in time for the world première in May 2018. The Musical Director will have the final decision on this and, if necessary (and in discussion with the composer), will delay the première until the ensemble’s next concert (no later than December 2018) if they feel it would benefit the work. Any such change to the première date will be clearly advertised on the ensemble’s website, the project page and on the concert literature.
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