Windrush Reggae Choir Project Orchestra and Choir Composition call for scores

Windrush Reggae Choir Project  Orchestra and Choir Composition call for scores
Type of post: Orchestra news item
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Posted By: Suzi Mackenzie
Status: Current
Date Posted: Fri, 29 Jul 2022

Bristol Reggae Orchestra has been awarded funding through the Windrush Day Grant Fund to create a Reggae Choir. The project aims to contribute to community cohesion by drawing together people from British Caribbean communities and other diverse backgrounds to explore, learn and create through the medium of reggae. 

This exciting new project includes funding to commission a new piece of music for orchestra and choir. The piece will be performed at a gala performance at the end of October.
The project funding has enabled us to establish an adult choir that will meet regularly up until the gala performance. We seek to commission an exciting piece of music for orchestra and choir that may also include a chorus or verse written so that local children can be involved in the performance.
The starting point for the piece is reggae music, which has historically helped to preserve a sense of home for many of the Windrush generation and their descendants, as well as supporting people through complex experiences including discrimination and providing points of positive connection with the host community. The piece must both celebrate the Windrush Generation and look to the future.
It will sound original and feel authentic for voices of all ages in the choir to sing. It will take advantage of our unique orchestral sound, with interesting layers, strong melody, simplicity and directness. It will acknowledge our Bristol roots, enabling the choir and orchestra to celebrate history and take forward its lessons in a positive way.
Fee: £3500

Interested? Or know someone who might be? Read the brief to find out more. Deadline for initial submissions 5pm 14 August.

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