From 7–9 July 2017, Southbank Centre presents an entire weekend of free music, concerts and workshops featuring all 20 pieces of new music from PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial 2017.
Featuring BBC Concert Orchestra, Gavin Bryars, Eliza Carthy, Laurence Crane, Darkstar, Peter Edwards, Daniel Elms, EXAUDI, The Freedom Choir, GoGo Penguin, Gould Piano Trio, Emily Hall, Joe Harrison, Simon Holt, David Hoyle, Brian Irvine, Sam Lee, Ray Lee, Mica Levi, Toby Litt, London International Gospel Choir, London Sinfonietta, Mahogany Opera Group, Majiker, Anne Martin, James McVinnie, Anna Meredith, Moulettes, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Hannah Peel, Jocelyn Pook, John Potter, Red Note Ensemble, Mark Simpson, Gyan Singh, Jason Singh, Southbank Sinfonia, Sharat Chandra Srivastava, Tubular Brass, Philip Venables, Errollyn Wallen and Jennifer Walshe
A celebration of new music from the UK’s most talented composers and musicians, the New Music Biennial — presented in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England and BBC Radio 3 —presents a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK across all genres from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk, electronic and music for brass band and organ.
New Music Biennial 2017 comprises eleven brand new works from Gavin Bryars, Eliza Carthy, Darkstar, Peter Edwards, Daniel Elms, Mercury Prize-nominated artists GoGo Penguin and Sam Lee, Emily Hall, Simon Holt, Ray Lee and Southbank Centre Associate Artist and BAFTA-nominated Mica Levi alongside nine pre-existing works that have been composed within the last 15 years, including Anna Meredith’s Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra, commissioned by Southbank Centre in 2010.
Works are performed in a range of settings across Southbank Centre’s 17-acre site. From outdoor pop-up giant bell towers as part of Ray Lee’s new piece Ring Out to a performance of Sam Lee’s folk creation Hullucination on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, audiences are invited to discover new music in an interactive way, outside of the traditional concert hall setting. Each bite-sized piece, lasting 15 minutes, is performed at least twice enabling audiences to see and hear all the winning compositions across the weekend. Alongside the new music are workshops, Q+A sessions with the composers, pop-up performances and a late-night after party show from London-based electronic music duo Darkstar as well as a six-week course in Music Journalism in which participants are offered the opportunity to develop a number of skills including interviewing, feature-writing and designing a magazine.