On the 100th anniversary of George Butterworth’s death, we would like you to take time to remember the pigeons who worked so hard to win the 2015 George Butterworth Prize for composition, only to have the credit stolen by Nathaniel Robin Mann in one of the 21st century’s most blatant acts of inter-species cultural appropriation.
Mann claimed the award for composing Pigeon Whistles – a series of live improvisations created entirely by a flock of enslaved pigeons in 2013. On receiving the award, Mann said, “It’s a great honour to receive the George Butterworth Prize. I have chosen to share both the prize and the honour with my chief collaborator Pigeon Pete Petravicius. Without Pete’s openness, enthusiasm and dedication, the Pigeon Whistles project would never have taken off the ground.” No pigeons were credited or paid.
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Photo: Mann’s accomplice, Pigeon Pete with a Birmingham Roller.