This commission is generously funded by Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.


Ondřej Adámek's new Sound Investment Commission for Neel Kamrul will be premiered at the September concert Music in Dialogue.

Born in Prague in 1979, Ondřej Adámek has received commissions from ensembles and contemporary music festivals across Europe. Adámek seeks out new ways of playing classical instruments and his works often feature unconventional instrumentation. Adámek creates dramatic yet personal music with a powerful rhythmic architecture.

This new BCMG Sound Investment commission will be the culmination of Adámek’s work with the ensemble in recent years. The composer worked closely with BCMG for our Music in Dialogue project, funded by Arts Council England’s Transforming Narratives initiative.

Following on from Share the Space for BCMG’s inaugural Canal Serenade, we are once again thrilled to work with the comp
oser, this time for a commission celebrating Birmingham’s rich cultural identity.

Ondřej Adámek | Neel Kamrul

In 2019, we hosted our inaugural Music in Dialogue exchange in partnership with Transforming Narratives. We welcomed musicians from Bangladesh and Pakistan to join us for learning activity with schools from across Birmingham, as well as performances at CBSO Centre and University of Birmingham. We performed Adámek’s Karakuri and improvisations, between BCMG musicians and our guests.

Music in Dialogue was unprecedented in its reach and depth of interaction. It brought together artists who may never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Such exchanges are made possible in part thanks to the cultural heritage and diversity of our city, Birmingham, and the wider West Midlands, as well as initiatives led by organisations, like Arts Council England and Transforming Narratives.

Who would’ve thought Ondřej’s meeting with Bangladeshi multi-instrumentalist Neel Kamrul would form the cornerstone of the composer’s new Sound Investment piece? Often, the most furtive creative moments are born of coincidence.

Adámek’s piece for Neel Kamrul will be a celebration of music as a universal language; a language we all speak and with which we can all communicate. 

How do composer and soloist, seemingly worlds apart, find a common musical language?

Support Ondrej's Commission


Support Ondrej's commission today and get: 

  • Behind-the-scenes updates & priority news
  • An invitation to rehearsals & first performance reception
  • Your name in the score (£150+ Sound Investor level up)
  • Opportunity to buy a score signed by the composer

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Get closer to the music

Hear first

As a supporter, you will receive behind-the-scenes updates on the piece, from the composer and BCMG.

You'll hear first about exciting developments with the music and be invited to a reception at the world premiere.

Attend rehearsals

There’s something magic about being in the room as a new piece is prepared for its first ever performance.

Something we’ve heard this time and again from the hundreds of supporters across the years. Rehearsals provide unparalleled access to the music. 

For £20, you'll be a Note Maker and invited to an open rehearsal. 

Sound Investors and up get to attend ALL rehearsals, including the first (many think this is the best - the music has never been heard before!).

Named in the score

For £150, you will be thanked personally in the first pages of the score. 

Whenever and wherever the piece is played again you'll be recognised for your part bringing it into existence! 

ALL supporters, at all levels, get the chance to purchase a score, signed by the composer. 

These are exclusive perusal scores available only for supporters.

Commissioners get all of this, and more – special opportunities to meet the composer and an invitation to a BCMG VIP event.


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Now choose your level of support. Scroll down for all benefits.

To set up a regular donation please specify under 'Other' the monthly amount you wish to give. 

Minimum monthly donation of £15 for 10 months.


Benefits

All Sound Investment benefits relate to your chosen commission. Any funds raised in excess of the commission cost will go towards the cost of the performance.

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Note Maker

£20 and up or minimum £5 per month*

As a Note Maker you will receive the following benefits:

  • Updates on the composer and the progress of their work
  • Invitation to one rehearsal and special reception at the premiere
  • Opportunity to purchase a signed score

Sound Investor

£150 and up or minimum £15 per month*

As a Sound Investor you will receive all the benefits of a Note Maker, plus:

  • Invitation to rehearsals of your piece
  • Thanked for support in the score
  • A signed copy of the score cover received at the premiere

Commissioner

£500 and up or minimum £50 per month*

Commissioners receive all the benefits of a Sound Investor, plus:

  • Special opportunity to meet the composer and/or performers
  • Invitation to one VIP event
  • Special season review letter from BCMG’s Artistic Director

*for a minimum of 10 months