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Welcome to EXAUDI 2012

April 16, 2012

Hello and welcome to EXAUDI 2012! It’s our 10th anniversary season this year and it’s in full swing, as you can see from our website here.

I’ve set up this blog to write about one project in particular, which is the learning and premiere of Aaron Cassidy’s new piece, titled A painter of figures in rooms. This is one of the PRSF’s 20×12 works commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad, and we’re performing it for the first time at the Purcell Room, London, on Saturday 14th July.

As this blog develops, I hope you’ll be able to see why this is a very special project and one of the most challenging and interesting we’ve ever undertaken. It’s all happening quite slowly, as we’ve been working on the final score on and off since the start of March, so it’s kind of perfect to write about since there’s so much time between the various stages. My aim is to write about (or perhaps, ‘write through’) the process of learning a score like this, how it affects us as an ensemble and also as individuals, and why we do it at all. And I’ll also write about the other things that are going on as we approach the premiere date as well, as well as the inevitable ruminations on our first 10 years, and how a group like this operates.

In short, ladies and gentlemen, ‘Three Months in the Life of a Contemporary Vocal Ensemble’. I’ll try and make it interesting!

James Weeks

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