The world premiere of Andy Scott’s New Music Biennial commission is now only a week away, and promises to be a highly memorable event.
The commission, A Child Like You, is the result of an unusual and exciting creative collaboration, featuring some excellent performers – Foden’s Band, soprano/narrator Anna-Clare Monk and harpist Lauren Scott. Andy had worked with the musicians individually in the past and had the inspiration of combining the different sounds in this groundbreaking project. The work will be something of a showcase for the North West, as the composer and performers are all based in Cheshire.
A Child Like You will be premiered at the RNCM Theatre in Manchester at 8.00pm on Friday 2 May. The new work will be part of a longer concert by the multi-prizewinning Foden’s Band, including a number of other works by Andy, who has been their composer in residence since 2008. Tickets priced at £15 are available online from the RNCM Box Office or by telephone on 0161 907 5555.http://www.rncm.ac.uk/performance/fodens-band/
A Child Like You poses questions about children who are fostered, adopted or orphaned. It uses poetry written by Lemn Sissay from his children's book The Emperor's Watchmaker, and draws upon the real life experiences of a child refugee who fled Uganda in 1972 and lived with Andy Scott’s own family.
Further performances of the new commission will take place in high profile weekend festivals at the Southbank Centre, London on Sunday 6 July and at Glasgow UNESCO City of Music on Saturday 2 August, linked to the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games.
Click to visit the RNCM website for details of the world premiere performance of A Child Like You
Click to view a video introduction to A Child Like You on YouTube
Click to visit the Projects section of this website for more information about the New Music Biennial commission
Click to visit the PRS for Music Foundation New Music Biennial website
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