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The Feeney Trust has been commissioning new music for Birmingham for more than fifty years.

The first work, by Sir Arthur Bliss, was premiered in 1955. From then on many orchestral works for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have been commissioned from notable composers such as:

Sir Michael Tippett
Richard Rodney Bennett
John Joubert
Thomas Adès.

A permanent record of the new work – for example in the case of a music composition, a copy of the score signed by the composer, or a signed good quality photograph of an artefact – will be deposited in the Special Collections at the University of Birmingham.

Since the start of the new millennium the Feeney Trust has widened its commissioning policy to support choirs, opera, the CBSO's Youth Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Widening its scope further, the Trust now supports new works created for public performance, exhibition or publication in Birmingham in any art form.

For a more detailed history see History of the Feeney Commissions.

See also:

CBSO recording 'Meditations on a theme by John Blow'
CBSO recording 'Meditations on a theme by John Blow' by Sir Arthur Bliss with Hugo Rignold conducting
Photo credit Hans Wild

CBSO Orchestra
CBSO Orchestra
Photo credit CBSO/ Adrian Burrows


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