At the end of the month, a 12-minute musical battle composed by Liz Liew and Andy Leung will premiere at Trafalgar Square, marking the latest New Music 20x12 launch to celebrate the London Olympics. M spoke to the composers to find out more...
Minimalist composer Howard Skempton launched PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20x12 Olympics programme on New Year’s Eve at a London church. Together with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, he performed his Five Rings Triples piece to a packed congregation at All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames, while churches across the country performed simultaneous renditions to mark the beginning of the UK’s Olympic year.
As 2012 looms and attention turns to the impending Olympic Games, how will the event effect UK music? M spoke to Jason Carter, event director at the BBC, who is overseeing the London Festival 2012 musical event at Hackney Marshes next June to find out what the corporation has in store.
Released in 1973, this enduring Christmas hit can still be heard on radio stations and shops in November and December every year. Noddy Holder recalls hitting the bottle to deliver a Christmas classic.
Now based in Japan, Max Essa is a UK musician, producer and DJ known for his nu disco and balearic styles of music. Max is a frequent collaborator with Chicken Lips artist and Bearfunk head honcho, Steve Kotey.
Love and Affection was Joan Armatrading’s first chart success. Released in 1976, it reached number 10 in the UK charts and has since been covered by Sheena Easton, Sly Stone and Martha Davis, Courtney Pine and Kele le Roc. She talks to M about writing this enduring classic