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One of the world's top 10 cities (Rough Guide 2014) explored through sound.

for-Wards is an ambitious two-year city-wide music project to create original musical compositions inspired by Birmingham’s 40 wards.

The city of Birmingham is geographically divided into 10 districts, and each district contains 4 wards, such as Sparkbrook, Aston and South Yardley where we undertook our successful pilot project in 2015, culminating with live performances.

3 Birmingham communities had a meaningful role in a joint compositional process that resulted in the creation of 3 pieces of music. Each piece reflects a sense of community pride and passion.

We have now gone citywide, inviting 5 composers (of various musical styles ranging from classical to Hip Hop, Alternative pop to rock), to work with local communities, go out field recording together and, interpret the brief in creative ways that reflect the culture of each ward in which they live. This project raises awareness of the youthful diversity, celebrates abundant Birmingham cultures and increases community spirit.

Year 2 begins in July 2017 when we will invite another 5 composers to join the project

Join for-Wards in creating a cultural sound map of Birmingham and support the creation of 10 amazing pieces of music!!



Free entry!
Places are limited so please book in advance.

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for-Wards is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.

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