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Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia

Part of New Music Biennial

Electronic artist, arranger and composer Hannah Peel’s work combines the tremendously deep, rich power of traditional brass with the uplifting arpeggiated patterns and unearthly sound textures of analogue synthesizers. Through an intergalactic journey from Earth to the star constellation of Cassiopeia, Peel explores one person's journey through space, time and mortality by telling the story of 86-year-old Mary Casio and her lifelong stargazing dream to leave her South Yorkshire home in the mining town of Barnsley and see Cassiopeia for herself.

Drawing influences from synth pioneers such as Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire and performing live with the newly formed brass band Tubular Brass, featuring the UK’s finest brass players, Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia is to be released in September 2017 as Hannah Peel’s third album.

Presented in association with the PRS Foundation, Arts Council England and Root Music.

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2



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This 15-minute piece will be performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between performances.