Applications are now closed for the 2015 round of Moving Classics: inviting mid-career composers across Europe to take part in new international residency projects with partners in the UK, Iceland and Norway.
Moving Classics – Network for New Music
With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union from September 2014 throughout 2016, Curated Place in partnership with the South Iceland Chamber Choir (IS), The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival (IS) and Pinquins (Nor), will invite 6 composers from across Europe to work with some of the best musicians from the UK, Iceland, and Norway to develop new contemporary classical works and performances that take traditional music out of elite environments and into the 21st century.
Inspired by regional musical, literary, poetic and artistic traditions, interpreted through the eyes of an outsider working in each host region the project will use deliver a series of festivals for showcasing the new works, alongside workshops, master-classes and debates that connect participants and audiences. The project will also establish a professional development programme and an online resource for musicians and artists seeking new ways to collaborate and experiment. Created with the intention of engaging modern audiences that may not have experienced contemporary classical music the project will seek to reshape the perception of taught musicianship by showing its role in a shared European identity, embracing the emergent experience economy and moving the performance space from the concert hall to found spaces and the public realm.
The project will build on Curated Place hugely successful Collaborative Compositions project, supported by Arts Council England and Sound and Music,which saw young British composer Jack White work in Iceland during 2012 and will welcome Icelandic composer Halldor Smarasson to the UK in the autumn. A real coup for the partners involved is that it will create new chances for significant international partnerships to take place.
The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival
The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival was initiated by young Icelandic music students, Helgi Jónsson and Guðný Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, who regretted the lack of music courses during the summer time and decided to take matters into their own hands. The festival offers music courses for people of a wide range of age as well as an exciting concert series. The aim of the festival is for young musicians to get to know each other, participate in chamber music and to get a chance to perform, irrespective of where they live or study. The first festival took place in August 2008 and has since then been an annual part of Icelandic culture. Yearly over 200 participants from Europe the USA and Asia take part in courses, masterclasses, workshops, lectures and discussions from with attendances of over 25000 to concerts. The festival concert series aims to introduce young soloist playing chamber music to a wider audience as well as introducing works of young composers.
South Iceland Chamber Choir
The South Iceland Chamber Choir (Kammerkór Suðurlands) has a repertoire of both sacred and secular music from all periods, which it has performed widely. The choir has collaborated with and premiered works by many outstanding composers, whose musical backgrounds and works range from pop and rock to classical. These include Sir John Tavener, Benni Hemm Hemm, Ragnhildur Gísladóttir, Gunnar Reynir Sveinsson, Bára Grímsdóttir and Kjartan Sveinsson.
Pinquins percussion trio was established in 2008. Pinquins has produced and presented a number of concerts in addition to appearances at The Ultima Oslo Contemporary Festival, The Bergen International Festival, The Øya Festival, The THEMUS Festival (Gothenburg), The BrassWind Festival and collaborations with Ny Musikk (Norwegian section of the ISCM).