Moving Classics Network For New Music
Cycle Music and Art Festival, Iceland, 2015
The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival, 2013
Pinquins – Percussion trio from Norway
South Iceland Chamber Choir. Photo: Brian Fitzgibbon
Curated Place – UK composer Jack White
Total project grant (euros)
Percentage of budget funded
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Dec 2016
Number of partners in project
South Iceland Chamber Choir, Iceland;
The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival, Iceland;
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.
Moving Classics' main objectives are:
- Enable young and mid-career European composers who have achieved national impact to devise, develop & perform new compositions internationally.
- Introduce new audiences to contemporary classical music by delivering high quality experiences internationally in unusual venues using innovative performance formats.
- Evaluate and share best practice learned through the delivery of international projects to maximize knowledge exchange of working in different cultures and production environments.
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 builds 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.