Commission Crowd… help us commission a piece of new music!

Posted on: February 26, 2014 in: Natural/Supernatural

Commission Crowd

We are embarking on a crowd funding campaign to support a new piece of music, written by jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock, and we need your help!

This year, City of London Sinfonia has commissioned a brand new piece of music from jazz pianist and composer, Gwilym Simcock, which will be part of the UK-wide New Music Biennial 2014 and featured at Glasgow UNESCO City of Music in August 2014. On a Piece of Tapestry has been commissioned especially for our Principal Conductor and renowned clarinettist, Michael Collins, piano and orchestra and will be performed across the UK, culminating in a London premiere at Cadogan Hall on 1 May 2014. Taking inspiration from his jazz and classical roots, Gwilym’s new piece will feature spoken word and improvisatory elements that will make for an exciting new piece of orchestral music for City of London Sinfonia to perform.

Building on the success of last year’s Gabriel’s Angels campaign, which saw over 100 people contribute to a new commission by Gabriel Jackson, we need our audience to club together and help support our commission and London premiere of this fantastic new work by Gwilym Simcock.

A little bit about Gwilym Simcock…
Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the British scene.  Able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music, he can, at times, inhabit both worlds and has been described as stylistically reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, complete with ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’ as well as being a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability.

First ever BBC Radio 3 New Generation Jazz Artist, winner of the Perrier Award, BBC Jazz Award 2005 and Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize nominee in 2011, Gwilym has worked extensively throughout Europe with the cream of British and international jazz artists including Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum, Steve Rodby, John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Bob Mintzer and Bobby McFerrin.

How can you get involved?
This February, we’ll be launching the Commission Crowd; a campaign to help raise the £2,000 needed to make our London premiere of Gwilym Simcock’s new piece happen. New music is at the heart of what we do and you’ll be able to support the performance by donating any amount online, from £5 to £500.

How does it work?
You can support the Orchestra by donating online (click the orange link at the bottom of the page). Everyone who donates will have their name printed in our Cadogan Hall programme, with additional benefits available at different levels of donation, from limited edition badges to invites to meet Gwilym and Michael!


Click here to donate to Commission Crowd and support Gwilym Simcock’s new commission for Michael Collins and City of London Sinfonia!