The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust


"The Caravan Moves On"

The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust (CCCT), in partnership with the Music Department of Morley College and the Ligeti Quartet, with vocalist Lotte Betts-Dean, is issuing its call for compositions 2022 dedicated to the spirit of the New which Cornelius Cardew embodied. The theme this year is "The Caravan Moves On". The instrumentation is string quartet + mezzo-soprano. The concert will take place at Morley College on Friday, November 11, 2022, 7.30pm.

The inspiration is a poem "The Caravan Moves On" which we reproduce here.

The concert will be preceded by a workshop. This will take place from 4pm-9pm on Friday, October 7, 2022. The workshop will discuss how the compositions realise the content of the theme and how this is reflected in the form of the compositions, as well as how to form a continuous collective whole. The deadline for submitting compositions is Sunday, September 25, 2022.

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Cornelius Cardew was a renowned composer, musician and modern communist.

The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust celebrates the path that he was instrumental in opening up in the world of new music. We encourage composers to respond to a call for music that, like the music of Cornelius, is dedicated to the New, a living music that might have a beautiful, militant, human-centred character.

Cornelius Cardew was always a pathfinder, and it is well known that Cornelius, as well as being an outstanding musician and composer, became a leading political figure and communist. He was a champion of enlightenment and progress in the political, social and cultural fields, his life, ideas and music forming an integral whole.

Cornelius' greatest legacy, one might say, is of keeping in step with the requirements of the times in a manner that accepts no dogmatic rendering of reality or limitations on the human spirit and striving to contribute to the creation of a new world of socialised humanity.

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