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Encore project to save new orchestral works

The Royal Philharmonic Society and Radio 3 Encore Project aims to give second chances to recently composed orchestral works that have fallen 'under the radar' of orchestral programmers and audiences. To qualify, pieces must have been written by living British composers and received no professional performance in the last 5 years.

The resulting pieces that have been chosen include works by Diana Burrell, Jonathan Lloyd, Nigel Osborne and John Casken, as well as the luminous soundscapes of Michael Finnissy's Sea and Sky, written in 1980. Two of the chosen pieces- James Dillon's Via Sacra and George Newson's Concerto for Two Violins- have never even been performed in this country.

The shortlisted works will be programmed by orchesteras all over the country over the next three seasons. With the support of the RPS and Radio 3, promoters have the chance to take a risk on newer repetoire and generate a performing tradition for these unjustly neglected pieces.

The first piece is October 12, when Richard Hickox conducts the City of London Sinfonia in Nigel Osborne's Zansa.

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