The BAM Series is a music trust founded for the support and performance of British classical and choral music. The idea for the Series came from our director, Ben Fleetwood Smyth, who seeks to address a gap in the provision of a London-based organisation which is dedicated to supporting British home-grown musical talent.
Our aim is that each of our Series will be a story. Using British music in combination with other art forms such as literature, poetry, photography, film, art, or sculpture, we can explore themes more deeply and more imaginatively. We hope also, where possible, to build into each series a small educational programme for local sixth formers; to shadow our musicians or singers and learn more about British music.
Our Series will not be a redefinition of the arts and it will not be a revolution in the arts. But our Series will reconsider and rediscover. We will celebrate and educate on art’s endurance and its potential for change.
Fundamentally, we must find the new if our arts are to survive but simply finding the new is easy; doing the un-done-before, with its shocks and discomforts, is new. The BAM Series seek to do more than this; we seek to find the new in the old and the old in the new, a more difficult but perhaps more meaningful measure.
The BAM Series sets out to show that there is nothing transient about the arts, that they are the reflection of where and when we find ourselves, a link to our past, a vision of our future, and an image of the timeless. Without them we lose the eloquence of our confirmation, our consolation, and our criticism. Without them we are lost.
Please join us on our journey.