John Surman and Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir

BMVC © Adrian Stavert-Dobson

hcmf//'s Learning & Participation programme has started work on one of its most exciting musical projects yet - a collaboration between Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir and composer and multi-instrumentalist, John Surman, one of Europe's leading jazz musicians. Lifelines, written for saxophone, piano and male voice choir, has been commissioned by hcmf// and the BBC. It will explore a number of subjects, including the industrial revolution as it affected West Yorkshire, and smuggling in the composer's native Devon.

The choir was formed in 1934 and during its history has grown from a small village choir to an 80 strong chorus with international standing. It has received various awards since its formation, most recently being selected as winners in their class at Bangor Choral Festival (2003), Llangollen International Eisteddfod (2002), and the National Male Voice Championships of Great Britain (1999). In addition to this, the choir has received medals in choral festivals across the globe, including Athens International Music Festival, Malta International Music Festival and South Africa Eisteddfod.

The work will be performed by the choir alongside Surman at hcmf//, followed by a performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall during the London Jazz Festival, where it will be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.