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A work for baritone and orchestra (based on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, a CBSO co-commission with the Helsinki Philharmonic) from Einojuhani Rautavaara, of which the UK premiere is expected take place in the 2018/19 season; the baritone soloist will be Gerald Finley.

An ensemble work by David Sawer, Caravanserai, for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. The work is expected to be premiered in spring 2018.

A new body of work, The Fence and the Shadow, commissioned by mac birmingham from artist Sally Payen, exploring the Greenham Common protest and the wider sphere of peaceful protest.  The exhibition takes place at mac September to November 2017.

A new 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 it is hoped that the complete work will receive its Birmingham premiere later in 2017.

A new 70-minute opera LAZARUS (working title) commissioned by Birmingham Opera Company from writer Sarah Woods, Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli and director Graham Vick to be premiered with Birmingham volunteers and BOC diverse artists in March 2018.

A new work for symphonic wind orchestra, Paris Portraits – Images for Band commissioned by Birmingham Symphonic Winds from Martin Ellerby to celebrate BSW's 25th anniversary.  This will be premiered in Riga in October 2017 and receive its British premiere in November.

A new work utilising the instrumentation of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, commissioned from Richard Ayres by the CrossCurrents Festival at the University of Birmingham for performance in 2018.

A new body of work, commissioned by mac birmingham from photographer Vanley Burke to coincide with Beyond Windrush - mac's major season celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush in 2018.

The Trust proposes to offer longer-term and strategic support to Birmingham Royal Ballet's Ballet Now five-year programme of new ballets by emerging choreographers, composers and designers.  Funds are also being set aside to support the commissioning of a major work for the CBSO to mark its centenary in 2020.


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