You may have heard of Bach to the future, a classical music project conceived by violinist Fenella Humphreys that will see modern composers Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish, Adrian Sutton, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Piers Hellawell and Gordon Crosse write six new works for solo violin to accompany a specific Bach sonata or partita.
“I came up with the idea after a big competition I took part in with my former piano trio, when doing something unaccompanied seemed like a good plan for some much needed escapism. It was when I was trying to put together a couple of programmes that I realised none of the big 20th Century british composers like Walton, Tippett, Britten and so on had written anything for solo violin, and neither had a lot of my favourite contemporary composers. So in a moment of madness I decided to commission six new works,” Fenella says.
In order to raise the commission fees, Fenella turned to fundraising platform Kickstarter and has now surpassed her original goal of £3,000, with donations totalling £4,030 – which means she has been able to commission the first three pieces, due to be premiered at The Forge in London on April 8th, May 6th and June 10th 2015.
However, the total cost of all commissions is £25,000 and Fenella is now looking to raise a further £10,000 to complete the project and fund pieces by Adrian Sutton, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sally Beamish. If you’d like to support the project, you can find Fenella’s fundraising page here.
And have a listen to Fenella’s lovely violin-playing here, taking on Bartok with Nicola Eimer: