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An ensemble work by David Sawer, Caravanserai, for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. The work, completed some time ago, will be premiered in autumn 2018.

An ensemble work, O Hototogisu, commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group from Oliver Knussen, with soloists Claire Booth (soprano) and Marie-Christine Župančič (flute).  A portion (O Hototogisu - fragment of a Japonisme) was given its world premiere at the Aldeburgh Festival on 23 June 2017, and will receive its Birmingham premiere in autumn 2018, in the same concert as the Sawer.

The Trust is also supporting an interactive work by Becca Rose Glowacki involving textiles and music, a work incorporating storytelling, craft and digital technology.  This is part of MAC Birmingham's Little Geeks biannual arts and technology festival for 7-12 year olds, and will take place in October 2018.

The Trust continues its long association with the CBSO, supporting the commissioning of Roxanna Panufnik to write Faithful Journey – Mass for Poland, to be premiered by the CBSO and CBSO Chorus on 21 November 2018 under the baton of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. 

Funds continue to be set aside to support the commissioning of a major work for the CBSO to mark its centenary in 2020.  This funding is likely to be shared between a co-commission of Thomas Adès by the CBSO and Carnegie Hall with its world premiere in Birmingham and touring to the USA, and also the commissioning of a work for the CBSO and the CBSO Youth Chorus from Eric Whitacre.

The Trust is offering longer-term and strategic support to Birmingham Royal Ballet's Ballet Now five-year programme of new ballets by emerging choreographers, composers and designers.  The first new ballet, Arcadia, was premiered in autumn 2017, choreographed by Ruth Brill and designed by Atena Ameri with music by John Harle.  Further new ballets, also supported with Feeney Trust funds, will be premiered in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ex Cathedra the Trust is supporting the commissioning of a new piece A time to be born and a time to die from composer Alex Roth.  This will receive its world premiere in February 2019 with Ex Cathedra Choir and Baroque Orchestra and Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, directed by choir founder Jeffrey Skidmore.

An anthem for the centenary of the Birmingham Bach Choir has been commissioned from David Bednall with support from the Feeney Trust.  It will receive its world premiere on 4 April 2020 at St Philip's Cathedral.

 

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