Our Musicians in Residence programme transports British musicians to locations in China to immerse themselves in a different culture and a different musical landscape. Each musician spends around six weeks in China working with local musicians, performing, writing and soaking up fresh inspiration.
In partnership with PRS Foundation, the Musicians in Residence China programme began in 2012 and we've been delighted to work with some remarkable music makers since then. Our first group of musicians was made up of Imogen Heap, Matthew Bourne, Jamie Woon and Gareth Bonello. Our second, in 2014 includedAnna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock. 2015 saw an all-female lineup –Bella Hardy, Kerry Andrew andMira Calix – and our latest residencies included Quinta, David Lyttle and Emmy The Great. All have wonderful stories to tell and many have made connections in China that endure to this day. Following her residency, Emmy The Great decided to spend more time in Hong Kong and now splits her time between the UK and Hong Kong.
Mira Calix: “My residency was one of the most exhilarating and exhausting experiences of my life … exhausting in all the best ways. I am so proud to have been involved in a project that in some small way touched the lives of 161 million people! … I think it’s fair to say it exceeded the scope of my original ambitions, by creating deep friendships and lifelong ties across any imagined cultural, linguistic or socio-political divides.”
Find out more about the programme, the cities, the musicians and the work they created by following the links on this page. Keep up to date with all the latest news by following #MIRChina on Twitter, @BritishMusic_ and @PRSFoundation.