BCMG are to premiere a new work on Friday 21 June inspired by the emotionally-charged memories of childhood P.E lessons.
Physical Education, created by Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Robert Reid Allan, includes live performance and projection as the audience is taken back to the school gym hall. The work is performed by BCMG musicians and actor, dancer and singer Richard Court, with film by Sasha Balmazi Owen.
Robert Reid Allen comments: “Whilst some may look back with a fond reminiscence of athletic success, for those without a natural capacity for sporting activity, gym hall memories of body self-consciousness, fear of judgement and bullying can cast a long shadow. In this new work, sporting imagery finds a new place in projected video, and violent musical gestures sit alongside the physical movements of the dancer. All the while the text weaves the audience through a shared nostalgia for the dreaded gym hall.
The world premiere of Physical Education marks the culmination of Robert Reid Allan’s residency with BCMG. Part of BCMG’s on-going commitment to nurturing young and emerging talent, the Apprentice Composer-in-Residence scheme offers an unique opportunity to become embedded in the workings of one of the world’s foremost new music ensembles.
Robert has spent the last four months working closely with the ensemble and immersing himself in the ensemble’s activities. BCMG’s Apprentice Composer-in-Residence scheme is generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust.
Physical Education forms part of BCMG’s summer concert programme, which also includes Across the Channel on Friday 14 June. A celebration of composers and musicians crossing the English Channel, the French group Ensemble Court-circuit join BCMG and NEXT Musicians from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to perform a repertoire that includes Jonathan Harvey’s Vajra and François Paris’ À propos de Nice, including a screening of the Jean Vigo silent film of the same name.