Magazine article Gramophone

NMC Recordings and the Science Museum Announce Musical Collaboration

Magazine article Gramophone

NMC Recordings and the Science Museum Announce Musical Collaboration

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NMC Recordings, the organisation dedicated to championing British contemporary music, has invited six leading composers to write works inspired by exhibits at London's Science Museum in a project to mark the label's 25th anniversary.

Gerald Barry, Barry Guy, Christopher Mayo, Claudia Molitor, Thea Musgrave and David Sawer will each write a short piece inspired by an object or gallery at the museum, while music by Colin Matthews will link them together in the spirit of Mussorgsky's promenade music from Pictures at an Exhibition.

The works will be performed by the Aurora Orchestra at the Science Museum in autumn 2015 and recorded by NMC. An education element will involve local schoolchildren in the project while the museum itself will use the project to research ways in which music affects visitor experiences. NMC describes it as possibly its 'most ambitious adventure to date'. So far, 60 per cent of the money needed has been secured, though a further 90,000 [pounds sterling] is still to be raised.

The project is the most headline-grabbing of a series of recent announcements by NMC, which faces a future without funding of 120,000 [pounds sterling] a year from the Holst Foundation. …

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