The Nonclassical AiR scheme has been developed to give 4 early career artists a 360-degree view of what it takes to be a composer in today’s musical landscape. Nonclassical’s Artist in Residence (AiR) scheme is supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund, PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund and Vaughan Williams Foundation.
Selected for their variety, their potential contribution to the wider new music scene and their distinctive compositional output, the chosen Artists in Residence will be given a range of opportunities over the next two years, including paid commissions for the CoMA Festival, an orchestral commission for Southbank Sinfonia or Her Ensemble, releasing a track on Outside the Lines, Vol. 7 and workshops and mentoring throughout the scheme.
Read on to find out more about them.
Beatrice Ferreira is a Canadian/American composer and string improvisor based in London. With a style described as ‘atmospheric, surreal… [and] occasionally unnerving – perhaps better to say haunted’ (Spectrum Culture), she draws upon both contemporary and traditional materials to suggest, mimic, and destabilise our perceptions of extra-musical sound.
Harry Górski-Brown is a Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist who studied violin performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland during which he gravitated towards experimental composition. He often includes elements of electroacoustic and traditional music in his work.
Kendra Chiagoro-Noel (Nwakke) is a London-based artist, DJ, and musician working with dance, writing and video. This performance identity is a means for discovery and world-building; researching experience, history, forms of knowledge and nature. Thinking about care – Thinking about relationship – Thinking about freedom and safety.
Nneka Cummins is a composer and music producer from Liverpool, based in London. Their practice has a current focus on groove-inspired music, exploring deconstruction and the expansion of sonic worlds through the use of extended techniques and electronic sampling. Nneka often uses flowing organic melodies and integrates freer evolving lines within the grooves they create.
“…completely committed to supporting the work of new classical performers, composers and promoters; artists who are redefining the rules of classical music” – Elizabeth Alker, BBC Radio 3
Nonclassical is a music promoter, record label, charity and events producer presenting the best new classical, experimental and electronic music. Crossing genre and defying convention, we develop, produce and promote innovative music – supporting emerging artists and bringing new music to new audiences.
Founded in 2004 by composer Gabriel Prokofiev, nonclassical began as a clubnight focused on presenting new music in non-traditional performance spaces. We have since presented events across the UK and worldwide, and our record label is home to artists including Tansy Davies, Aïsha Orazbayeva, Gabriel Prokofiev, Langham Research Centre, Tom Richards and many more