Early Stroll Songs

by martinlp in Bristol

We did it
On 31st May 2016 we successfully raised £1,050 with 37 supporters in 28 days

We are creating the world's first Twitter Song Cycle with poet Ian McMillan.

by martinlp in Bristol

New stretch target

Thank so much to all those who have pledged so far!!! We hugely appreciate your support for composers, writers and performers to develop new work.

There's still time to pledge, if you would still like to be part of this exciting project and grab a reward!

Our stretch target will give us:-

  • More workshop and rehearsal time to develop the Early Stroll song cycle
  • More budget for marketing the live performance and make it an even more successful event
  • Planning and evaluation time to prepare for future performances (exciting plans in the offing!).

Thanks again, please continue to consider pledging!

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)

Education Project

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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A big thank you, a shout out on twitter and your name in the programme.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A poster signed by the creative team + Twitter shout + Name in programmes

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A copy of the score sent to you + a signed poster + name in programmes.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

An invite to VIP post-show drinks reception to meet the artists + Signed poster + Twitter shout + Name in programme.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

2 Tickets + VIP post-show drinks reception + Signed poster + Twitter shout + Name in programme.

£250 or more

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£250 Reward

A specially composed Early Stroll Song of your own! We will compose a song using your tweet, record it and post it online for you and the world to hear! + 2 Tickets + VIP post-show drinks reception + Signed poster + Twitter shout + Name in programme.

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