We supported five collaborations linking British musicians with over 100 artists worldwide as part of BT River of Music. This weekend of free music from performers representing the 204 Olympic and Paralympic nations was presented at iconic sites along the Thames. BT River of Music attracted an audience of 125,000 over the course of the weekend with an estimated broadcast audience of 8,000,000 and an additional 70,000 visiting the BT River of Music website.
Representing all five continents, each project we developed for BT River of Music was a collaboration between UK and overseas musicians. Each collaboration had its own story, reflecting the way we tailor partnerships to the local context.
Since BT RIver of Music, Matthew Herbert has been invited to compose music for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014. Byron Wallen has been invited to Lagos to work with up and coming brass musicians. Ondatrópica released an album and have since toured across Europe and America. The Black Arm Band would like to develop concepts started in their project, write new material and work with other UK artists.