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Peter Edwards – musical director of Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Fantastic news! PRS for Music Foundation has announced a new project for the  Nu Civilisation Orchestra, A Journey With The Giants Of Jazz as one of twenty commissions selected for the New Music Biennial 2017The project will be co-produced by Turner Sims and Tomorrow’s Warriors as part of the ongoing artistic association between the two organisations, and will see the creation of a new work for the orchestra composed by our musical director, Peter Edwards.

A Journey With The Giants Of Jazz reflects on the year 1917, a defining year for jazz that saw the births of some of the most influential jazz artists including composer ‘Tadd’ Dameron, singer Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich and percussionist Mongo Santamaria. Taking inspiration from the motifs found in six of the artists’ classic works, Peter’s piece will deconstruct their themes to offer the audience a re-imagined and alternative musical experience.

Peter is naturally over the moon, saying:  “I am tremendously excited to be involved in the PRS Biennial project and am looking forward to making the most of the development opportunities it offers, including in particular the creation of new music for Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Nu Civilisation Orchestra.”

According to the PRS for Music Foundation, the winning commissions present a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK including ten brand new works and ten pre-existing works that have been composed within the last 15 years. The New Music Biennial includes new music from across all genres: from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk, electronic and music for brass band and organ. Works will be no longer than 15 minutes in duration in response to the New Music Biennial’s aim to create a pop-up, interactive way for audiences to discover new music and be able to hear the pieces more than once.

Peter’s new work for the NCO will receive its world premiere at Turner Sims ahead of performances elsewhere including two celebration weekends in Hull on 1 & 2 July as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and 7-9 July at London’s Southbank Centre.

Roll on 2017! | @NMBiennial | @PRSFoundation | #NMB17

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