22 Dec 22

2022 in review

An image showing Arun Ghosh's The Canticle of the Sun on stage at Spitalfields Music Festival, St John on Bethnal Green. Photo by James Berry.

Thank you to our brilliant audiences, artists, partners & funders, for all your support this year.

In 2022 we produced a wide variety of new projects, bringing together music creators and the public to experience new music. We reached over 31,000 live and digital audiences.

Here we look back at some of our project highlights from 2022.

Keeley Forsyth lies on the ground of soil with her eyes closed. The left side of her face is resting against the soil. She has brown hair and is wearing brown clothes.

In February we produced a 6-date tour with singer Keeley Forsyth, marking the release of her second album, Limbs.

Following this tour, we commissioned Bog Body, a new piece by Keeley Forsyth and Ross Downes, which premiered at PRS Foundation and Southbank Centre’s New Music Biennial Festival in April 2022.

A Song for Wales being performed at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, March 2022. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Big Band are in the foreground, wearing black clothing and playing a range of instruments. The conductor stands in the centre with his arms raised. Above them on the balcony stand two rows of choir members from Only Boys Aloud.

Our nationwide project A Song for Us concluded with 3 new county songs performed live and released as films online in March 2022.

These beautiful songs full of love, hope and community feature hundreds of young people performing in amateur choirs and groups.

In total across the project, we worked with 18 partners and produced 14 new county songs, working with 17 composers, 27 youth, school and adult choirs, and 680 performers.

We delivered 61 workshops to 405 participants, helping and inspiring young people to write their own songs.

“The song articulated so much that we experienced during the pandemic - being part of this project has been both cathartic and deeply moving.” - Choir member

Watch Just Breathe, A Song for Wales, which premiered on St David’s Day at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, featuring Only Boys Aloud here.

Richard Bentley stands on the left. He is a white male, wearing a white shirt and black headphones. He's looking into the distance. Aundre Goddard is standing on the right. He is a black male, wearing an orange top with white stripes on the arms. He is also wearing black headphones and is looking towards the floor. They are standing on Reading High Street. To the right of the picture you can see a female shopper walking past, with black hair, wearing a blue top & wearing a grey handbag. Photo by James John.

In June we released two new self-guided audio trails for Reading’s High Street Heritage Action Zone, commissioned by Reading Borough Council and created by local artists Aundre Goddard, Fiona Talkington and Richard Bentley.

The audio trails take listeners on a journey of discovery, celebrating Reading’s heritage and revealing hidden histories. You can find out more about them here.

Arun Ghosh’s The Canticle of the Sun, Spitalfields Music Festival, 2022. Arun Ghosh sits on the left of the image at a keyboard. He is wearing a gold top. In the centre Irini Arabatzi is standing and is singing into a microphone. She has long dark hair, is wearing a white top and a shirt over the top. To the right Seaming To is standing and singing into a microphone. She has long dark hair and is wearing a red dress. Photo by James Berry.

Between May - October, we produced and toured Arun Ghosh’s The Canticle of the Sun to beautiful church settings around the country.

“I feel reborn after listening to this gorgeous jazz rendition in a 1000 year old venue.” Audience member after Arun Ghosh’s The Canticle of the Sun.

Read more about the tour here and watch a short film about the project here.

A photo of NikNak performing Sankofa at Strange Brew in Bristol. NikNak is standing at her decks (turntables), with both hands on the vinyl. She is wearing a purple shirt and has bracelets on both arms. Out of focus, there are audience members in the background listening to the music. Photo by Chris Lucas.

In July we produced the debut tour of Sankofa, an immersive sound and visual experience from DJ and Turntablist NikNak.

NikNak was one of our 2021 Sound Generator artists and the Sankofa project developed out of this R&D programme.

You can watch a short video of NikNak discussing Sound Generator and Sankofa here.

Looking forward to more live dates in the New Year at Kings Place (22 Jan), Cambridge Junction (28 Jan) & Beast in Birmingham (4 Feb).

A photo of Lisa Knapp & Will Gregory performing Arcadia Live, November 2022. Lisa Knapp is on the left, standing and singing into a microphone. She has long dark hair and is wearing a black top and black headphones. Will Gregory is standing on the far right of the image and is wearing black headphones. Behind them is a big screen with the film Arcadia being projected onto it. Photo by Coen Dijkstra.

This autumn we toured Arcadia Live with a specially curated 9-piece band, bringing Paul Wright’s captivating film and Adrian Utley and Will Gregory’s critically acclaimed soundtrack to life.

“Certainly one of the greatest and most beautiful live cinematic experiences I've ever seen.” Jason Solomons, Film Critic

More live dates are coming up in March 2023 at Howard Assembly Room Leeds (3 March) and London's Barbican Centre (4 March). You can find out more here.

A composite image of our 2022 Sound Generator artists. Top left is Loula Yorke, top middle - Piera Onacko, top right - Andrew Woodhead, bottom left - Daphnellc Lavender, bottom middle - Ambra, bottom right - Jasmine Kahlia.

In year 2 of our artist development programme, Sound Generator, we supported another 6 early-career artists to research and develop bold new ideas with support from industry mentors.

“This opportunity has been so significant in pushing me forward as an artist; to have the funding to allow creative room in realising something so ambitious is a valuable thing.” Piera Onacko, Sound Generator artist 2022

And that's our 2022 highlights in review. To see a full list of projects past and present, including upcoming projects in 2023, visit our events section.

We look forward to sharing more inspiring new music with you in 2023.