We are delighted to share the news that Kevin Malone has been awarded a major Arts & Humanities Research Council grant to create a pageant with North Manchester communities facing climate change challenges. The pageant will include original music developed from interviews and workshops with communities, puppetry, poetry and visual art.
During his two-year sabbatical, Kevin will research how communities have expressed their voice through musical pageantry as he and his team devise a new climate pageant for May 2022 through notating residents’ speech-melodies and sounds coming from their communities. The result will include an all-day event of songs, choral pieces, new folk & popular music and symphonic movements, all performed by the Northern Chamber Orchestra, interspersed with other arts.
Over the past 25 years, most of Kevin’s music – including his seven 9/11 pieces, “A Day in the Life”, “A Peterloo Parade”, the quartets “The Water Protectors” and “The Housatonic near Sandy Hook”, commissions from the Brighton and Mananan Festivals – uphold this concern of the composer being an active part of society, with a responsibility to assist fellow human beings and communities.
Composers Edition is proud to publish Kevin Malone’s music and we look forward to publishing the scores of this new project in 2022.