Aaron Cassidy: London 2012 Cultural Olympiad commission

Aaron Cassidy: A Painter of Figures in Rooms (2012), EXAUDI conducted by James Weeks, Southbank Centre, London

Dr Aaron Cassidy was selected for the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 scheme, an initiative that commissioned 12-minute pieces by 20 composers from across the UK as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Olympic idea of pushing the body to physical (and mental, and spiritual) extremes lies at the heart of Cassidy’s conception for A Painter of Figures in Rooms. The project involved a close collaboration with EXAUDI, one of Britain’s leading contemporary music ensembles and in residence at CeReNeM in May this year leading to new innovations in experimental vocal technique and notation. The ensemble documented the process of learning and performing the piece through a series of detailed and candid blog posts spanning the four months leading to the premiere:  http://exaudi2012.wordpress.com/

The performance of A painter of figures in rooms by EXAUDI at the Southbank Centre was recorded by the BBC on 14 July 2012 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 18 August 2012.This work is available on NMC in mp3 and FLAC download formats here.

Additionally, a studio recording of the work, along with pieces by Joanna Bailie, Bryn Harrison, Richard Glover, Claudia Molitor, James Weeks and Stephen Chase, will be released on HCR in late 2012.

Further information in Huddersfield news.