Gavin has been commissioned to write a new work for the 2020 BBC Proms Seasons.
His piece, Rough Voices, takes inspiration from poem Tough by Tony Walsh (aka Longfella) and examines the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on those living in poverty. In the programme notes for the piece Gavin writes:
“Like all the composers commissioned to write new works for the 2020 Proms season, I was asked if I could respond in some way to the Covid-19 pandemic.I thought long and hard about the impact of the crisis and I kept returning to the thought of how those living in poverty were disproportionately affected – as has also been the case with issues of mental health, loneliness, education, housing and redundancy. This made me angry.
As I was writing the piece I came across the poem ‘Tough’ by Tony Walsh – a battle cry for the working-class – and his words resonated with the music I was composing. As such, Rough Voices is a rallying call to arms: we’ve had enough… and we are coming!”
Rough Voices will be premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ryan Bancroft, on the 8th September and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC iPlayer.
Find out more here: BBC Proms 2020