A CoDI Buddies project that partnered Gareth Churchill with the South Wales Gay Mens' Chorus has been nominated for this year's Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.
Chorus member and composer Gareth Churchill was commissioned to write a new piece that captured the novelty and resonance of meeting online. Grinding is a disarming, affectionate and hugely entertaining musical tribute to digital dating apps. The Chorus not only wittily sing to one another the sentiments one might utter on such platforms: they have lovingly assembled and animated the footage to resemble the app experience. It’s a fresh, original piece of social commentary, and absolutely full of heart: one of the signature characteristics of a choir that for over a decade has brought such joy, openness and inclusivity to audiences across Wales.
For years, the RPS Awards have celebrated the finest classical music-making across the UK. Last year, it introduced the Inspiration Award for those who brightly inspired the nation in the first months of lockdown. It commended professional and non-professional musicians alike. This year – and from now on – we will present this award outright to a non-professional ensemble or to an individual who works with such groups, in recognition of the remarkable constellation of such music-makers, often overlooked in awards such as these. Unlike the other RPS Awards whose winners are chosen by expert independent panels, for the very first time the winner of this RPS Award will fittingly be chosen by the public.
The winner will be announced at the RPS Awards Presentation at Wigmore Hall at 7.30pm on Monday 1 November.