Fire - A piece for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010

At the risk of being labelled some kind of pyromaniac composer I now have a second project in development on the theme of fire.

The first of course is the opera The Firework Maker's Daughter (of which more soon), but now I'm thrilled to have been selected for the PRS for Music Foundation's New Music 20x12 initiative. 20 new works, each 12 minutes long, have been commissioned to showcase the best of new British musical talent. The blurb is below, but most cool of all is, I'll be working with a fire artist. I've no idea what this will entail, other than a great deal of fun!

"A co-commission between The Opera Group and Salisbury International Arts Festival, 'Fire' will culminate in an outdoor spectacle of visual and musical fireworks commissioned from David Bruce, one of the UK's most promising opera-writing new voices. Bruce will collaborate with a fire artist to create a performance that will literally 'dazzle' as it is re-created at each of the Salisbury, Spitalfields and Brighton Festivals in summer 2012. Composed for a virtuoso female voice and a fanfare of horns, 'Fire' will also feature youth choruses drawn together by each festival from their local communities."

Tom Service's take on the commissions in the Guardian blog



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