PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders projects announced

PRS Beyond Borders

PRS Foundation has announced the eight UK and Ireland-based organisations, music groups and composers that will receive funding from 2018’s Beyond Borders programme.

As the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, PRS Foundation launched the Beyond Borders scheme in 2010 to support co-commissions and touring from musical initiatives across the UK.

The programme is run in collaboration with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland to stimulate collaboration between organisations and bands/ensembles in all countries on the British Isles.

Beyond Borders has supported over 50 projects so far, including Songs of Separation, a collective of 10 female English and Scottish folk musicians whose album won ‘Best Album’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017, and David Fennessy’s ‘Panopticon’, which was commissioned by Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha, and won the Scottish Award for New Music for Small Scale work.

The full list of cross-border projects are as follows:

  • AC Projects – The flagship Counterflows event in partnership with Oto Projects and Chapter will commission arts collective Katz Mulk to create a new multi-disciplinary music work.
  • Berkeley Ensemble – World premiere tour of ‘The Mare’s Tale’, A music theatre piece by Mark Bowden & Damian Walford Davies inspired by a ghostly Welsh folk tradition.
  • East Neuk Festival – Composer Huw Watkins will create a duo for piano and his longtime musical collaborator, percussionist Colin Currie.
  • Kings Place – A collaboration with RCS, RWCMD, RNCM alongside additional presentation partners to produce a multidisciplinary tour of Rakhi Singh & Vessel’s ‘Written in Fire’.
  • Knockengorragh – A tour of original work created during a multi-lingual residency in Scotland, featuring Irish, Scottish and Welsh traditional and digital artists, exploring commonalities and differences.
  • North West Cultural Partnership – New music devised and commissioned for Sid Peacock and The Surge Orchestra with three guest musicians, performing in England, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • Sound Festival – A collaboration between Christopher Fox, Angharad Davies, Tom Jackson, and the composer/sound designer Georgia Rodgers, creating an installation that explores the great stone circles of Brodgar (Orkney), Drombeg (Ireland), Stonehenge (England).
  • Theatr na nÓg A new country musical for young people following a young carer’s dream of becoming a storm chaser in America.

PRS Foundation’s CEO, Vanessa Reed said, ‘Congratulations to all the organisations and music creators who are being supported by Beyond Borders which has encouraged many award-winning collaborations across UK and Ireland since it was established in 2010.’

‘At this moment of uncertainty about future movement across national and European borders, this programme is a timely reminder of how art and artists thrive through cross border collaboration and touring.’

Clare Hewitt, Music Officer, Creative Scotland, commented: ‘These projects reflect the vitality and diversity of music being created in the UK and Ireland today.  We’re really pleased that four exciting projects led by companies in Scotland – AC Projects, East Neuk Festival, Knockengorroch and Sound – have been supported through this round, and that a number of the other projects will involve Scotland-based partners.

‘Beyond Borders continues to highlight how necessary cross-border collaboration and partnerships are for transporting new work from Scotland to a wider audience, and for bringing new work to audiences in Scotland.’

Find out more about the PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme.