Memorial Ground is a new choral work by American, Grammy Award winning composer, David Lang, co-commissioned by the East Neuk Festival (ENF) and 14-18 NOW with the support of Creative Scotland.
In 2016, it was performed by choirs in all four UK nations, and this achievement has been recognised by being shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Award in the category of Audiences and Engagement. This represents ENF’s third shortlisted nomination in this category, including winning the award in 2007. The shortlisted nominations were announced this week on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme and the RPS Music Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 9 May, presented in association with BBC Radio 3.
The project was originally intended to last the duration of the Battle of the Somme (i.e. to 18 November 2016) but David Lang has made Memorial Ground available for free until the end of November 2018 to mark the end of the Great War a century ago, as well as the final year of 14-18 NOW’s major arts initiative.
Watch this space to see if it wins and click here for more information on the project.