Projects | Commissioning Fund | Professional Development
The first six winners of WiM Commissioning
Fund awards were announced in April 2001. They were:
- London Musicians Collective who broke new ground for their annual festival
of experimental music, which in 2001 had an all female programme.
The award enabled LMC to bring important artists from all over
the world to perform in London. See LMC
Festival page for full details.
- Dr June Boyce-Tillman's Magnificat Project, commissioning an intriguing
range of women composers to set the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
texts. These tracts are traditionally used for performance in
cathedral services all over England. This is an initiative which
is bound to get people talking, both for its verve and its simplicity,
with a potential 'audience' of 1000's; The Magnificat was originally
sung by a woman delighting in her pregnancy yet women's music
is rarely heard in churches.
- Deirdre Gribbin
who will use the money to develop her own ensemble, Gribbin Music.
Her project, Notes on the Edge, is a collaboration with fellow
Belfast expat Bernard McLaverty bringing his book about the fictional
composer Catherine McKenna to life in an exploration of the creative
process. It combines music and spoken word thus having performance
possibilities at both music and literature festivals.
- Sense of Sound,
who will extend their already impressive vocal and performance
training programme into a wider community context to create a
performance piece for live and internet performance. The workshop
and creation process will be developed into a package that will
be able to be used by other community voice projects.
- Karen Wimhurst
always thinks big from her days working with the English National
Opera and the piece that the Commission Fund will support is
no exception. Entitled 'The Last Flight' it involves circus performers,
simulated birds and an orchestra, with its first performance
scheduled for Peter Jay's Hippodrome at Great Yarmouth in 2004!
Women in Music is contributing seed funding as a lever to other
- Rachel Stott has
a plan to tour a musical setting of the Chaucer's Wife of Bath's
tale along the Canterbury pilgrim's route involving cathedral
girls' choirs. Women in Music is giving her money for a feasibility
"I am delighted by the list"
said Kathryn McDowell, who heads up the Wales Millennium Centre.
"It should make a real difference to the profile of Women
in Music and I look forward to each of the projects with eager
Women in Music would like to thank our
panel Kathryn McDowell, Fiona Ellis, Jane Wynn Owen, Dj Ritu,
Diane Charlemagne, Lesley Willis and Debbie Golt who carried
out a long process with excellent support from Clare Adams and
Kathryn Deane of Sound Sense. Special thanks also go to Jane
Wells who did stirling work clarifying our objectives at the
beginning. The commissions come into fruition at different times
over the next period and Women in Music will offer as much support
(Chair of Women in Music in 2001)
WiM Commissioning Fund
(At-a-glance guide to who gets what)
£7000 - London Musician's Collective
for all women festival
£6000 - Dierdre Gribbin for Notes on the Edge
£5000 - Karen Wimhurst for The Last Flight
£7000 - June Boyce-Tillman for Magnificat Project
£7000 - Sense of Sound for workshop and performance project
£1000 - Rachel Stott for feasibility study
Further details of the awards will
be posted at this site as they become available