London 2012 feels the music

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PRS for Music Foundation has announced 20 outstanding pieces of new music that will play a prominent role in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, as part of the New Music 20x12 project.

The 20 works, each 12 minutes long, offer a snapshot of the quality and diversity of new music in the UK. Each piece will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and tour the UK–ensuring as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy excellent new music as part of the London 2012 celebrations. The pieces cover a wide range of genres and reflect the diversity and richness of musical life in the UK–from contemporary classical, folk and opera in Scotland and Northern Ireland, to bell ringing, beat boxing, jazz and music for brass band in England and Wales. The commissions were chosen by a judging panel consisting of composer Judith Weir, journalist Kevin Le Gendre, composer and performer Errollyn Wallen MBE, producer Joana Seguro and DJ and musician Rita Ray. The panel was chaired by Roger Wright, controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms. Vanessa Reed, executive director of the PRS for Music Foundation, said: 'We are delighted that so many talented music creators and organisations were inspired to apply to New Music 20x12, a fantastic initiative that will see the UK's music community leaving its legacy as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The chosen 20 collaborations offer a snapshot of the UK's fantastically rich and varied new music scene and we are proud to support their contribution to this unique, international celebration. " New Music 20x12 was initiated by Jillian Barker and David Cohen and is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the BBC, the London 2012 Organising Committee and Sound and Music. The project is supported by committed patrons and funders from across the UK, including the Arts Councils of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Creative Scotland.

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