We need your help to create the world's first Twitter Song Cycle!
“Each morning, I get up early and go for a stroll through my ex-mining village near Barnsley; just before 6am, I walk to the newsagent, then down a long hill and up a steeper hill and back home. It takes me about 40 minutes and I tweet about the stroll as soon as I get in.” Ian McMillan
I want to commission a new song cycle from Ian McMillan and composer Richard Barnard using these Early Stroll tweeted poems. It will be for voice and guitar, as a companion work for John Rutter's 'Shadows'.
Launch Event We will perform the new work at a launch performance at St George's Bristol on October 11th as part of Bristol Festival of Song 2016. This will feature:
- Ian McMillan performing his poems
- Early Stroll song cycle (first performance)
- John Rutter - Shadows
- John Dowland - Songs
Performers: Ian McMillan, Martin Le Poidevin (baritone), Mark Willcocks (guitar)
The project will also involve local schools' workshops from Ian McMillan and composer Richard Barnard on the day of the launch event. They will visit 2 schools and work with children to create their own 'Early Stroll' poems and set some to music.
About the Early Stroll Song Cycle
The 20-minute song cycle will take a selection from hundreds of Ian's Early Stroll tweets posted from 2012 to the present day to his 26,000 Twitter followers. Funny, poignant and meditative, these micro-poems chart the experience of the same walk through the seasons of a whole year, giving snapshots of a modern village community.
Why we need your money
We have been awarded a generous grant from Arts Council England, but we must raise more match-funding in order to secure this grant. Therefore, your contribution will make an even bigger impact by unlocking this money! We need to pay commission fees to write the music, rehearse the new piece and to help us deliver a successful launch event and education workshops.