Crowd Out performance at Millennium Point nominated for prestigious music award

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) has been nominated for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Award for its 2014 mass participation performance, Crowd Out.

Performed in Millennium Point’s atrium by a crowd of 1,000 Birmingham residents, BCMG recruited performers from across the city, including local choirs and musical groups, who came together to perform the piece last year on Sunday, 8th June.

Stephen Newbould, artistic director of BCMG, said:

“We are overjoyed at this recognition of our work. The RPS Music Awards are judged by some of the biggest names in classical music, meaning that once again BCMG is helping to put Birmingham’s name on the international music map. What better way to do this than with Crowd Out, a production that could not have happened without the support and active involvement of Birmingham people.” 

American Composer David Lang, produced by BCMG and directed by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus Director Simon Halsey.

Crowd Out was composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning The idea for the piece first came to David Lang during a match at Arsenal FC’s old Highbury stadium, when he listened to the sound of the football supporting crowd in full voice. He first began discussing his idea with BCMG in 2008, and it took a full five years for Crowd Out to become a reality.

Neil Anderson, director of marketing, communications and events at Millennium Point, added:

“At Millennium Point we like to host unique events for our visitors to enjoy and this particular event allowed us to showcase something different on a larger scale. We hope to support more events such as this in the near future. Congratulations to BCMG for their nomination, we wish them the best of luck.”

Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music and musical excellence in the United Kingdom.

Awards in 13 categories are chosen by eminent independent juries from the music profession and are unique in the breadth of musical achievement they span – from performers, composers and inspirational arts organisations to learning, participation and engagement. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians. This year’s awards are for achievement in the UK during 2014.

Winners will be announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony on Tuesday 5th May, with a special RPS Music Awards programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 11th May at 7.30pm.

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