News: Drummond Fund awards announced

Monday 31 March 2008

The former Controller of Music at the BBC, Sir John Drummond had two great loves in his life – music and dance. After Drummond’s death in 2006, Bob Lockyer, a long time BBC colleague and creator of Dance for the Camera and The Royal Philharmonic Society together set up the Fund as a memorial to Drummond and also to his friend Lydia Sokolova, the great English-born ballet dancer who danced in Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes from 1913-1929.

The main purpose of the fund is to commission music for dance by providing financial assistance towards the commission fees of composers. In Autumn 2007, The Drummond Fund invited applications from professional dance artists, companies, festivals or venues based in the to fund a new work for performance in 2009, the centenary of the first performances of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in Paris .

The first recipients of the awards (this year totalling £25,500) will be Rambert Dance Company and Rosemary Lee Projects.

Rambert will be marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s The Origin of the Species in a work featuring choreography by its Artistic Director Mark Baldwin set to a new score by Julian Anderson, co-commissioned by the Drummond Fund. The first performances will be in the Autumn of 2009.

Choreographer Rosemary Lee will collaborate with composer Terry Mann for her new work Common Dance – a Greenwich Dance Agency co-production for Dance Umbrella 2009. It will be a large-scale performance, created and choreographed by Rosemary Lee with a mixed – age cast of 50. Mann shares Lee’s interest in folk dance and music and plans a score which will include music for massed and solo voices, solo bagpipes and piano.

Bob Lockyer commented: “I am so pleased that The Drummond Fund as been able to help commission the music for these two dance works. For John, the music at a dance performance was as important as the steps. Now, with the help of the fund, new music can be commissioned and perhaps in the future we will find a new Rite of Spring or music that will become as popular as Tchaikovsky’s for the ballet.”

The next round of awards will be called for in 2009. Further details here

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