Rambert and Gavin Higgins’ collaborative work Dark Arteries short-listed for a RPS Music Award

Dark Arteries has been short-listed for the RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Music Award for Large-Scale Composition.

A collaboration between Rambert Artistic Director Mark Baldwin and composer Gavin Higgins, the composition for Dark Arteries is for a brass band who perform on stage with Rambert’s dancers. A CD recording, featuring the Tredegar Town Band, was released last year and has been the recipient of three prestigious awards for brass band music. British Bandsman magazine, 4BarsRest and Brass Band World magazine all awarded Dark Arteries CD of the year awards.

Dark Arteries has also received the 4BarsRest Newcomer of the Year Award and Gavin Higgins the first British Bandsman magazine Herbert Whitley Award for Creativity. Dark Arteries was also nominated as Best Modern Choreography in the 2015 National Dance Awards.

Gavin Higgins comes from a long lineage of brass band musicians dating back to 1895 and received his initial musical training in the family brass band. He has worked closely with some of the country’s leading orchestras and his recent commission, Velocity, opened the 2014 BBC Last Night of the Proms.

For over 200 years the Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music: supporting and working creatively with talented young performers and composers, championing excellence, and encouraging audiences to listen to, and talk about, great music. The winners of the 2016 RPS Music Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 10 May.

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The massed ranks of a full brass band propel Rambert’s dancers in Dark Arteries. Composer Gavin Higgins (who wrote the opening piece for 2014’s Last Night of the Proms) and Rambert Artistic Director Mark Baldwin have created a work that is powerful and uplifting, celebrating how brass band music endures as the legacy of the communities which mined the coalfields – the ‘dark arteries’ – of Britain. It is a dance which draws you into its emotional heart, even as the sound lifts the hairs on the back of your neck, then raises the roof. 'Rambert have a long and proud tradition of performing with live music. And that tradition has rarely been on more impressive display than in Dark Arteries' The Guardian

Multi-Story, project of former Music Fellow Kate Whitley, is also short-listed for a RPS Music Award, read more.

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