It has been a long-held passion and aim of The Handful to commission and sing new pieces of music written specifically for our voices. The process not only supports emerging composers, but also stretches the choir musically and, together with our audience, allows us to discover new musical styles.
“Those of us active in classical music have a privilege, duty, and responsibility to the discovery and defence of the new. All the great composers that we revere today in our canon have had their own push, received their own start at some crucial point in time. We must constantly expand that canon by including new perspectives and ideas. We owe it not just to the next generation but to our very own art form to foster and nurture the new and give it, quite literally, a voice” - Vicente Chavarría, Musical Director
Following the success of our new commissions in 2019 and 2022 (read our composer's thoughts below!), we hope to commission and perform a new piece as part of our 2023-24 season. We need support to make our next world premiere happen - commissioning does not come without cost, both in time and money.
In return for your generosity, anyone who donates over £10 will receive a souvenir programme with an acknowledgement of your support, if you wish to be named, and for those who donate over £30 we can offer discounted tickets and reserved seating as an extra thanks. And of course if the composer is at the premiere you could meet them personally! We are really grateful for all donations of any size so if you'd like to join us and become a champion of new music please donate below.
'To be commissioned by a choir as renowned and talented as The Handful was a real treat. Having heard the choir perform, prior to the commission, I knew that I was in good hands and able to write a piece which wasn't without its challenges. I would commend the opportunity to write for The Handful to any composer.'
'I am deeply grateful to The Handful Chamber Choir for premiering 'Via Crucis'. It has been a wonderful experience writing for and working with the committee, conductor, and choir. Thank you for helping keep choral music a living tradition.'