Curated Place has secured funding as a lead partner from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union along with international partners South Iceland Chamber Choir (Iceland), Pinquins percussion trio (Norway) and The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival (Iceland).
Devised and directed by Curated Place, ‘Moving Classics – Network for new music’ is a two year project that will allow 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.
“We’re delighted to have been successful securing such significant funding for Curated Place and our international partners to develop the Moving Classics project. The support of the EU Culture Programme is a huge boost, recognising our work in developing new models for creative production and guaranteeing job security for the entire team into 2016. Over the next two years we are in a position to realize our vision for a series of international collaborative residencies that develop creative networks at home and abroad - cementing Manchester’s position as a creative hub in the North of England.”
Andy Brydon – Director, Curated Place
Inspired by regional musical, literary, poetic and artistic traditions, interpreted through the eyes of an outsider working in each host region the project will 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 Compositionsproject, 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 from the company’s Manchester base.