The opera Knight Crew by Julian Philips provides a model for how
contemporary large-scale opera can excite young people for whom the medium
is often perceived as excluding and exclusive.
Knight Crew's impacts were both direct and indirect: direct through the
involvement of young people with little or no experience of opera in the
development and performance of the work; indirect through the
international influence the various studies and evaluations of the opera
have had on subsequent initiatives within opera and education.
The impact claimed in this statement comes from the composition and
performance history of
Fantasias by Julian Anderson, a major work for large orchestra
composed in 2009. Three key
spheres of impact are noted: first, improving the technical and expressive
abilities of seasoned and
young professional musicians through the preparation and performance of a
challenging piece of
contemporary music; secondly, drawing a wider audience than that which
normally listens to
uncompromising contemporary music; and lastly, supporting young composers
by the involvement
of Fantasias' composer in various bodies concerned with new music.