‘Field Notes’ Performers Cycling to Kingsland on Friday 28th for Charity

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Staff of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group cycling 50 miles to raise funds for music therapy at Hope House Children’s Hospice

Fundraising linked to tour of new music and art in Shropshire and Herefordshire

On Friday 28 March 2014 five members of staff from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) will be cycling a whopping 50 miles from Birmingham city centre to Kingsland, Herefordshire to raise money for a brilliant cause.

Margaret Anderson, Jeremy Clay, Lizzie Pearson, Tim Rushby and Alex Wright have already raised over £600 for music therapyatHope House Children’s Hospice, Oswestry, Shropshire – however they would like to raise as much money as possible to support this wonderful work!

Music therapy involves using the elements of music – rhythm, melody, harmony etc – to promote physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits. At Hope House they have dedicated Music Therapists who work with children, families and staff. For more information visit: www.hopehouse.org.uk/care/therapies.

BCMG is one of the world’s leading new music ensembles. Emerging from within the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Group quickly established a reputation for exciting performances, innovative audience-building and learning initiatives, and a central commitment to composers and the presentation of new work. Margaret is the Group Finance & Administration Manager, Jeremy is Learning Co-ordinator, Lizzie is the Finance Assistant, Tim is the Group’s Marketing Manager, and Alex is Development Co-ordinator.

In March and October 2014 BCMG, in partnership with Craftspace and Arts Alive, is touring a programme of new music and textile art, Field Notes, to rural venues in Shropshire, Herefordshire and neighbouring counties. Using old maps of Shropshire and graphic scores as common starting points, composer Howard Skempton and artist Matthew Harris have engaged in a lively creative exchange resulting in complementary new works from each artist. Harris’ freestanding artwork, combining textiles and drawings, will frame the performance space as four of BCMG’s world-class musicians perform Skempton’s new piece.

In a planning meeting for the Field Notes tour the BCMG team came up with the idea of cycling to one of the venues. This thought then took on a life of its own and it was quickly decided that this should be done for a good cause – ideally in either Shropshire or Herefordshire as that’s where the Group is touring to, as a wonderful way of saying ‘thank you for having us‘, and to raise money for something connected to music.

So when Margaret, Jeremy, Lizzie, Tim and Alex were alerted to Hope House’s amazing music therapy work they instantly knew they had to raise money for the charity!

Cycling 50 miles is no mean feat. It’s roughly the equivalent of cycling from the centre of London to Brighton, or from York to Whitby! This will be the furthest any of the five have ever cycled in one go.

The cycle ride will take around five hours, setting off at 10am on Friday 28 March 2014 from CBSO Centre, Birmingham (B1 2LF) and arriving in Kingsland sometime around mid-afternoon, in time to shower, eat and then attend the performance of Field Notes at Kingsland’s Coronation Hall at 7.30pm.  Tickets £12/5/28 (family) from 01568 709579 / 07905 589830.  Be there to enjoy the music and artwork – and to give the cyclists a cheer!

People can sponsor them through Virgin Money Giving here. and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

Press contacts: tim@bcmg.org.uk; sian@artsalive.co.uk