PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial kicks off today at London’s Southbank Centre and we’ve concocted a taste of what’s in store for this week’s playlist…
Across two weekends two major free music festivals featuring 20 pieces of new music will be presented at the Southbank Centre and in venues throughout Hull via Absolutely Cultured.
The 20 new works include new commissions from artists like Gazelle Twin and Max de Wardener, Roderick Williams, Claire M Singer, Khyam Allami, Jessica Curry, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Numb Mob, Psappha, Roderick Williams, Rolf Hind, Sam Eastmond and Sarah Tandy.
New Music Biennial celebrates new music from the UK’s most talented composers and musicians across world music, classical, folk, jazz, electroinic and beyond.
The festivals in London and Hull take place at a range of venues so audiences can experience new music in traditional and non-traditional settings.
Venues at the Southbank Centre include, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer and outdoor spaces.
Visitors to the event in Hull can enjoy the music at some of the city’s best venues, like City Hall, Hull Truck Theatre, Humber Street Gallery and at Fruit (it’s first event following refurbishment).
The pieces are fifteen minutes long and will be performed at least twice, giving audiences the opportunity to experience all of the compositions.
All of the festival’s events are free, but ticketed.
Here we’ve compiled a playlist of tracks by some of the featured artists to give a hint of what might be instore…
New Music Biennial is supported by: Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, Hull University, The John S Cohen Foundation, The Richard Thomas Foundation, The Radcliffe Trust, RVW Trust, The Finzi Trust and The Bliss Trust.