folk & world

The Unthanks

Go on a symphonic exploration of The Unthanks’ best loved material, with cutting edge chamber orchestra, Army of Generals, conducted by Charles Hazlewood. They also perform new work specially devised for this show.

With the orchestral arrangements of their instinctive, self-taught pianist Adrian McNally, the Mercury nominated Tynesiders also delve into material from their forthcoming release, including Hymn for Syria.

First there was a mini orchestral experiment, not-so-quietly played out on the Glastonbury main stage, followed by a highly acclaimed sold out debut symphonic performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Now, The Unthanks are performing with Army of Generals, featuring some of the world’s leading players of period instruments.

At the baton is conductor Charles Hazlewood, founder of the world’s first paraorchestra, who has joined forces with the untrained McNally to marry folk music and orchestral scale, enhancing the storytelling and beauty of The Unthanks’ songs and lyrics.

They run from the root of folk music to the very tip of the branch
Elvis Costello
There are a few times when you hear an album or discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear
Maxine Peake
The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them. And sometimes, when I know I need it, I'll listen to them to open me up and clean me out
Martin Freeman

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Royal Festival Hall


£20 - £30
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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