Why is the VCC needed?
At present the viola repertoire is extremely limited – there are perhaps half-a-dozen concertos that appear in general orchestral programming compared with dozens of violin concertos, maybe a dozen cello concertos and many more concertos for the piano. Again, in the chamber music arena, there are around half-a-dozen leading works with prominent viola parts, by Mozart and Brahms in particular.
The problem with commissions is not only raising money but the time it takes to raise the money. Often it is a laborious process of gathering money from a combination of orchestras, venues, charitable trusts and supporters. This takes time and the composer’s work cannot start until the money is certain.