The PRS for Music Foundation and British Council’s Musicians In Residence ‒ China programme has announced the names of the next five musicians to spend up to six weeks in China. Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock will travel to five cities across China from spring 2014.
While resident there they will collaborate with local artists, write new material and explore new creative and professional opportunities, in the cities of Changsa, Chongqing, Hanghzou, Hong Kong and Wuhan.
The immersive programme will provide the musicians with an opportunity to create original work and build new international relationships while reaching new audiences. Although any creative output will be shaped by their experiences in China and the people they encounter, all the musicians have also already submitted plans about what they aim to focus on during their residency.
Anna Meredith, whose work this year included arrangements for The Stranglers and Laura Marling at the 6 Music Prom as well as performances and commissions at Latitude Festival, Streetwise Opera and a recorder concerto for Erik Bosgraaf and the Aurora Orchestra, will be based in Hangzhou.
‘I’m thrilled to have been selected for the Musicians in Residence scheme in China,’ she said. ‘I’m looking forward to working with local musicians and artists to create a bespoke audio tour exploring unconventional corners of this beautiful city ‒ it’s an idea I’ve been wanting to explore for ages and I couldn’t be more excited to be doing it in this amazing part of the world.’
The Musicians in Residence ‒ China programme was launched in September 2011, with Gareth Bonello, Imogen Heap, Jamie Woon and Matthew Bourne relocating to the cities of Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Xiamen in 2012. The residencies resulted in a diverse range of collaborations and outputs. One result is Gareth Bonello’s newly release album The Gentle Good, Y Bardd Anfarwol, combining Welsh and Chinese folk music to tell the life story of the Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai.
Information on the previous programme is available here.