BBC Radio and The Royal Philharmonic Society have announced six new musical commissions for BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists.
The composers were announced at last night’s RPS Awards 2015. They are Jonathan Dove, Matthias Pintscher, John Casken, Sally Beamish, Rolf Wallin and Kurt Schwertsik. Each composer has been tasked with writing a 10-minute piece of chamber music for a Radio 3 New Generation Artist. The pieces are co-funded by the RPS and BBC Radio 3, with the performances broadcast on Radio 3.
Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme was founded in 1999 as part of the BBC’s commitment to nurturing young talent. Now in its 16th year, the scheme provides musicians with opportunities to develop their live and recorded performances, including broadcasts with the BBC orchestras, lunchtime concerts from around the UK and regular studio recordings, as well as forming chamber music collaborations with fellow NGAs.
Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, comments: “BBC Radio 3 is proud to partner with the RPS to offer the chance for new young artists to premiere a specially commissioned work from acclaimed contemporary composers. As the most significant commissioner of new classical works, the station is delighted to support both young artists in their career development and established composers. It’s an important part of BBC Radio 3’s role as a major cultural institution and is an important part of our distinctive offering, giving our over 2 million listeners the chance to be at the cutting edge of classical music making and closer to the big names of the future.”
Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society, comments: “We are delighted to co-commission with BBC Radio 3 such a wonderful group of composers to write new works for these talented New Generation Artists, and to announce them at the RPS Music Awards, which celebrate the very best in live classical music.”