for-Wards is a hyper-local music project aiming to create original musical compositions inspired by Birmingham’s electoral wards.
The pilot project which ran in 2015 explored three wards: Sparkbrook, Aston, and South Yardley.
Workshops were held in each of the locations, inviting local people to share sounds they knew from around their neighbourhood, as well as describe their ward in words. This input was recorded and used as the basis for the composition of new works by three Birmingham-based composers: Kirsty Devaney, Sebastiano Dessanay, and project lead Bobbie-Jane Gardner.
This year we go citywide, inviting a variety of composers ranging from different musical styles, to work with Birmingham communities and interpret the brief in creative ways. We need your support, so pledge what yo can!