Drake Music, the leading music charity, has announced the winners of the organisation’s three Emergent – A Music Legacy commissions. The award scheme is funded by Help Musicians UK in partnership with DaDaFest and Carousel.
The three winning musicians are Ewan Mackay, Dike Okoh and Robyn Steward.
Ewan Mackay said:
‘I am a composer living, studying and composing in Cruden Bay – in the North East of Scotland. My work is Neo-Impressionist in style – drawing on inspiration from composers such as James MacMillan, Toru Takemitsu, Claude Debussy and others. With this project, I hope to have an entirely new conversation with my audience, one where they become the composers, and as the development will be for the most part random, I would hope to demonstrate that composition does not need to be complex and can be achieved by anyone.’
Dike Okoh has worked professionally as a composer and teaches singing and songwriting. He is currently exploring how music technology informs thought and how thought informs music technology and composition.
Robyn Steward was born in 1986 and grew up in rural Suffolk . She started playing the cornet at the age of eight, but classical training was not best suited to her abilities. After a long break she joined a beginners’ big band and learned scales by ear. She learned improvisational techniques and then became enthralled with technology and the trumpet, which allowed her to express her ideas.
Daryl Beeton, head of Arts & Collaborations at Drake Music, commented:
‘We are delighted to welcome all three commissionees to the Emergent programme. It is really exciting to discover talented new musicians like Robyn, Dike and Ewan, and to be able to offer them an opportunity to create new work.
‘We are really looking forward to hearing how they interpret our theme of Music and Audiences and to sharing their new compositions in 2019.’
Header photo: Robyn Steward © Drake Music