Andy Scott’s New Music Biennial commission for Foden’s Band, soprano / narrator Anna-Clare Monk and harpist Lauren Scott will receive its Scottish premiere next month.
The new work, A Child Like You, will be performed in the main auditorium of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 2 August at 5.00pm. The concert forms part of a special two day festival featuring all 20 of the New Music Biennial commissions awarded in the first round of the funding scheme, and linked to the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games. All tickets are free of charge, available from Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and should be booked in advance.
Child Like You tells the story of a teenage Ugandan Asian refugee, who after fleeing Uganda in 1972 to escape the brutal regime of Idi Amin, was taken in by Andy Scott’s family. Inspired by these real life events, this new 15-minute mini-opera explores questions about children who are adopted, fostered or orphaned, weaving together original text and music. A Child Like You was very well received at its world premiere in Manchester in May and last month’s London premiere at Southbank Centre, and received a positive review on the 4 Bars Rest website.
The work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and will be available for download along with the other New Music Biennial commissions, with a special discount running throughout July and August.
New Music Biennial is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative, in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the British Council. It is presented in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, NMC Recordings, Southbank Centre and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. Every two years, the New Music Biennial will support and provide a platform for talented organisations and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of new music in the UK.
Click to view details of the performance on the Glasgow Concert Halls website
Click to visit the NMC Recordings website for information about downloads
Click to read a review of A Child Like You on the 4 Bars Rest website
Click to visit the Projects section of this website for more information about the New Music Biennial commission
Click to visit the New Music Biennial website
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