The Arts Council today welcomed the success of a number of Irish artists and projects under the Beyond Borders Scheme.
A range of Ireland and British-based organisations, music groups and composers have been awarded funding through the latest round of the co-commissioning and touring programme, which will mean audiences across Ireland and Britain will have the opportunity to experience eight exciting new music projects.
Amongst the successful projects announced are Ronan Guilfoyle and Improvised Music Company’s Restless Islands, an extended suite for jazz sextet exploring the atmosphere and interconnected events that shaped Britain and Ireland in the first three decades of the 20th Century, while Paul Dunlea and New Irish Jazz Orchestra will premiere Four Corners, performed by a band of world class jazz musicians.
Irish composer Benjamin Dwyer and Chapter (Cardiff) Ltd will present Sacrum Profanum, a multi-media work exploring themes inspired by Sheela-na-gig stone carvings that combines contemporary music with traditional Irish forms, while This is About, a theatrical performance combining hurling with the sounds of contemporary music, is set to put audiences at the heart of the action and is presented by Andy Ingamells, Seán Clancy and Third Ear Music.
Speaking about the announcement, Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said,
“We are delighted at the success of a number of Irish artists and organisations under this year’s Beyond Borders Scheme. The scheme emphasises the collaborative nature of the arts and, in the context of Brexit, reminds us how integral free movement for artists is for the continued development of cultural partnerships between Ireland and Britain.”
Beyond Borders supports high quality co-commissions and tours, stimulating collaboration between composers, performance groups and music organisations across Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is run by the PRS Foundation in partnership with Creative Scotland, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
To find out more about the Beyond Borders programme, please visit: https://prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-for-organisations/beyond-borders/
The full list of supported projects is available below:
- Ronan Guilfoyle and Improvised Music Company present Restless Islands. Extended suite for jazz sextet exploring the atmosphere and interconnected events that shaped Britain and Ireland in the first three decades of the 20th Century.
- Laura Bowler and Sound Festival present Gaia. An innovative touring programme of new works by female UK composers for voice and flute, performed by Ruth Morley (flute) and Laura Bowler (composer/soprano).
- Benjamin Dwyer and Chapter (Cardiff) Ltd present Sacrum Profanum. A multi-media work exploring themes inspired by Sheela-na-gig stone carvings , led by Irish composer Ben Dwyer that combines contemporary music with traditional Irish forms.
- John McLeod and Live Music Now Scotland present Songs from Above and Below. Songs from Above and Below by John McLeod, suite of 6 voice/piano songs reflecting on the mining communities of Central Scotland and South Wales.
- Paul Dunlea and New Irish Jazz Orchestra present Four Corners. A tour premiering a newly composed suite by Paul Dunlea, performed by a band of world class jazz musicians from Britain and Ireland.
- Andy Ingamells, Seán Clancy and Third Ear Music present This is About. A theatrical performance combining the ancient Gaelic sport of Hurling with the sounds of contemporary music, putting the audience at the heart of the action.
- Abel Selaocoe and Manchester Collective present Manchester Collective: 19/20 UKTour.Audience development in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, through new music performance, commissioning, workshops, and touring work.
- Phoebe Collings-James and AC Projects/ Counterflows present DE-VAST-ATION & SABOT-AGE/wasteman. AC Projects' flagship festival Counterflows with Oto Projects and Moving On Music will commission a multidisciplinary work by Last Yearz Interesting Negro & Phoebe Collings-James.
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