In his keynote speech at the State of the Arts conference in Manchester last week, in a list of notable cultural things happening this year, Ed Vaizey included:
an epic new choral work from composer Jonathan Harvey to be performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Which was a coincidence because, only a few days before, the person behind the @thinkwalsall Twitter account mentioned to me that Jonathan Harvey is from Sutton Coldfield.
I’d not heard of Jonathan Harvey before but I did some quick digging around and here’s his website and his Wikipedia page. Very recently the BBC put on a weekend of music, film and discussion celebrating his music at the Barbican.
If you’d like a listen to some of his work, here’s ‘Madonna of Winter and Spring” for orchestra, synthesizers and live electronics, from 1986.