PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development across all musical genres, has awarded a grant to Aurora through its Resonate initiative: a partnership with the Association of British Orchestras and BBC Radio 3 championing outstanding pieces of British orchestral music from the past 25 years, and aiming to inspire more performances, recordings and broadcasts of these works.
One of 11 British orchestras to receive a grant through the scheme, Aurora has been given support to perform Martin Suckling’s Candlebird in our 2017/18 season. Martin’s piece is a setting of five texts by acclaimed Scottish poet Don Paterson dealing with love, loss and recollection. The music moves in and out of a microtonal language and is by turn folk-like, tender, percussive, fragmented, and ultimately lyrical and expansive.
Martin Suckling has been commissioned internationally by many leading orchestras and ensembles including the LSO, BBCSSO, DSO Berlin, London Sinfonietta, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and RSNO. He is Associate Composer with the SCO and Senior Lecturer at the University of York. In 2015 his work was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.
Resonate is a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust.