More Up, a piece for orchestra and electronics composed by Oliver Vibrans, has been shortlisted for both the Ivors Composer Award for Community and Participation and the RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Music Award for Large-Scale Composition.
Commissioned by Orchestras Live in partnership with Inspire Youth Arts and Inspire Music, More Up was written for the Able Orchestra, an inclusive ensemble comprising young musicians, some of whom are profoundly disabled, and adult musicians and digital artists from different genres including players from the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic. In the piece, Oliver Vibrans brings together and gives voice to multiple approaches to creating music, including using technology to empower a wider range of people to shape and perform music, in a performance that transcends its individual components and expands our understanding of what music-making can and should be.
The premiere performance, on 29th January 2020 at the BBC Philharmonic Studio, Salford, transported the capacity audience of 250 people into an immersive blend of digital and acoustic orchestral sound, incorporating live digital imagery, engaging the audience and performers in a vision of the orchestra of the future.
This was the latest project in the evolution of Able Orchestra in Nottinghamshire over the last five years, which has seen a range of collaborations and performances including appearing as the first inclusive ensemble to perform at the BBC Ten Pieces Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016. The commission from Oliver Vibrans was the first time an external composer had written for the ensemble which, on this occasion, involved 50 performers using a range of orchestral instruments and assistive music technology to manipulate the acoustic sounds.
The Ivors Composer Awards celebrate the best new works by UK composers writing for classical, jazz and sound art. An Ivor Novello Award represents peer recognition with categories judged by those within the UK music creator community. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 1 December from 7.30pm on BBC Radio 3 during an exclusive broadcast only event presented by Kate Molleson and Tom Service.
The annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. The large-scale composition category recognises outstandingly imaginative and engaging large-scale work receiving its first UK performance. Winners will be announced at the 2020 RPS Awards digital broadcast at 7.00pm on Wednesday 18 November on the RPS website.
I am thrilled that this work has been shortlisted and I hope this shows what can be achieved when we are creatively ambitious with what orchestras can be, and the rewards of making music a more enriching and inclusive space.
~ Oliver Vibrans, composer
I’m delighted that Oliver Vibrans’ new work More Up has been shortlisted for these prestigious awards. The impact of this one commission continues to grow, reaching beyond the original participants in the Able Orchestra and finding new audiences.
~ Sarah Derbyshire, Chief Executive, Orchestras Live
Championing new and diverse talent sits at the core of the BBC Philharmonic’s ethos. This performance was a central moment in the shared hosting of the ABO conference by the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic and demonstrates our culture of collaboration in Manchester and the impact this has for composers, partners, musicians and audiences.
~ Simon Webb, Director, BBC Philharmonic
I am absolutely delighted that More Up has been shortlisted for an RPS award. The Hallé’s long term relationship with the Able Orchestra, produced with Orchestras Live and Nottinghamshire Inspire, has been a great thing to be part of with some really fantastic outcomes.
~ Steve Pickett, Education Director, The Hallé
Inspire Youth Arts is delighted to have worked with Oliver and Orchestras Live in the creation of this brand new piece which has given a welcome addition to the repertoire of the Able Orchestra and demonstrates how inclusive work can deliver excellence.
~ Andy Dawson, Manager, Inspire Youth Arts
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