Katherine Balch Wins a Wigmore Hall Lockdown Commission
Jun. 01, 2021
Katherine Balch has been selected as a winner of Wigmore Hall's Lockdown Commission Scheme, the largest ever one-off commissioning scheme in the history of the institution. John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, said:
“The ‘Lockdown Commissions Scheme’ is the largest single initiative Wigmore Hall has ever undertaken to find new voices, and a fitting way to celebrate an important anniversary as we look to the future. It has been a great joy to hear new music of such quality and invention from such diverse talents across the globe. I am looking forward to programming the premieres with these new friends.
I must thank the distinguished members of the jury for their time and expertise. I am also particularly grateful to the Marchus Trust for underpinning this scheme with a lead gift, and supporting Wigmore Hall in this major new initiative for contemporary music."
In addition, Katherine Balch has been selected as Theodore Front's "Composer of the Month". Read more on their website here.
Last month saw the premiere of Aluminum Forest, a site-variable installation for hand-made automated aluminum wind chimes, at the Villa Aurelia Gardens in Rome. The work was created by composer Katherine Balch, currently in residence at the American Academy in Rome as the Elliot Carter Rome Prize Fellow, and composer and sound artist, Ted Moore. The work seamlessly combines technology with art to create a unique installation. Watch a demonstration of the installation here:
(Aluminum Forest, version for 15 chimes, filmed on April 15, 2021)