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10 Composers 30 Musicians 40 Community Groups 10 Local Performances 1 Spectacular Performance 2 years

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for-Wards is an audaciously ambitious project commissioning 10 composers to collaborate with communities across Birmingham’s 10 constituencies.

Leading Brummie (and adopted Brummie) musicians will collaborate with local communities to create a suite of 10 new musical pieces culminating in live performances.

In the successful pilot, we invited local people to share, discover and record local sounds they connected with, as well as sharing stories based on their experience of living in their ward. A unique compositional process resulted in pieces reflecting a sense of community pride and passion.

This year we go citywide…. working with 40 community groups from each of the 40 wards that make up Birmingham!

We welcome our first 5 composers …
- Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick (working in Hodge Hill district)
- Jazz composer Percy Pursglove (working in Northfield district)
- Alternative pop legends Pram (working in Edgbaston district)
- Merging the sounds of Ed Sheeran and Ella Fitzgerald’s inspired scatting is Unique Brown (working in Perry Barr district)
- And for-Wards director and composer Bobbie-Jane Gardner (working in Selly Oak district).

Join us to support their work as we begin reaching all of the city’s 40 Wards to create a cultural sound map of Birmingham.

Support the creation of 10 amazing pieces of music about Mighty Birmingham!!

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Limited Edition for-Wards vinyl

Limited Edition for-Wards vinyl
£50
50.00
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For the audiophile, the latest field recordings captured by each community on warm-sounding vinyl.

Name in for-Wards credits

Name in for-Wards credits
£5
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Name in for-Wards credits (in programmes etc.)

Donation

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If you just wish to support the project without receiving anything in return.

You can select your donation amount by selecting an amount from the list or if none of those are quite right please select the closest one and input the extra in the ’Let’s Make This Happen’ box upon checkout

for-Wards postcards - featuring map of wards (set of 10)

for-Wards postcards - featuring map of wards (set of 10)
£15
15.00
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for-Wards postcard – illustrated wards of Brum by Claire Hartley – A6 (set of 10)

for-Wards Tote Bag

for-Wards Tote Bag
£17.50
17.50
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Limited edition for-Wards tote bag. Natural cotton. Artwork by Claire Hartley.

Limited Edition Juice Aleem t-shirt

Limited Edition Juice Aleem t-shirt
£27
27.00
All gone!

Signed white t-shirt. Five available, all size large.

Pram Merchandise 'Shadow Shows of the Phantascope' DVD

Pram Merchandise 'Shadow Shows of the Phantascope' DVD
£27
27.00
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A comprehensive collection of Pram’s work in film. This disc is compatible with PAL players.

Pram T-shirt

Pram T-shirt
£27
27.00
All gone!

Signed black t-shirt. Five available, all size large.

Birmingham Music Map illustrated by Claire Hartley

Birmingham Music Map illustrated by Claire Hartley
£40+
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A1, A2 & A3 Birmingham music map illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Version A (each district has a coloured outline)
Version B (each district is filled in with colour).

Individual District Map - Edgbaston District

Individual District Map - Edgbaston District
£40+
40.00
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A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Erdington District

Individual District Map - Erdington District
£40+
40.00
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A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Hall Green District

Individual District Map - Hall Green District
£40+
40.00
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A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Hodge Hill District

Individual District Map - Hodge Hill District
£40+
40.00
Available

A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Ladywood District

Individual District Map - Ladywood District
£40+
40.00
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A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Northfield District

Individual District Map - Northfield District
£40+
40.00
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A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Perry Barr District

Individual District Map - Perry Barr District
£40+
40.00
Available

A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Selly Oak District

Individual District Map - Selly Oak District
£40+
40.00
Available

A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Sutton District

Individual District Map - Sutton District
£40+
40.00
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A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

Individual District Map - Yardley District

Individual District Map - Yardley District
£40+
40.00
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A2 & A3 Sizes illustrated by Claire Hartley and curated by Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

for-Wards field recording disposable camera

for-Wards field recording disposable camera
£60
60.00
1 left

An entire camera’s worth of unique pics taken by Brummies who take part in the community field recording sessions.

One camera per district. Only 10 available!

The film comes undeveloped, so you know it’s one-of-a-kind!

Field Recording Session with Ian Rawes

Field Recording Session with Ian Rawes
£85
85.00
1 left

Spend a few hours field-recording with Ian Rawes from the London Sound Survey (who is mentoring for-Wards Artistic Director Bobbie).

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