Bach to the Future is an exciting new project to commission a set of new works for unaccompanied violin to be performed alongside J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. The brainchild of violinist Fenella Humphreys, the aim of the project is to commission new works from some of the UK’s finest living composers, including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Cheryl Frances Hoad, and Sally Beamish. As Fenella says “It’s almost 300 years since Bach finished writing his pieces in 1720, and a lot has happened in music since then. While there’s some great music out there for solo violin, a lot of my favourite composers both from the past and present haven’t written anything at all. So it made sense to commission some new works”.
The project is being funded via Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowd-funding platform which enables people to develop creative projects, such as recordings, films, and exciting new music commissions like Fenella’s. For every donation made to the project, Fenella will give donors a special “thank you”, from a fee MP3 of her playing Bach, to an original manuscript from one of the composers, your name set to music, or tickets to the special Supporters’ Concert.
The project needs pledges totalling £3000 by 24th February 2014 to enable it to go ahead. Please consider donating to this excellent project, which will make new music available to musicians while also celebrating the special genius of J S Bach.
My Meet the Artist interview with Fenella Humphreys will be published next week.