contemporary classical


Part of New Music Biennial

British-Asian clarinetist and composer Arun Ghosh presents a new composition for wind orchestra and percussion, inspired by water, ritual and metaphysical journeys.

Bringing together forces of young Northern musicians alongside professional players, AMBHAS is a large-scale performance piece that draws on ancient heritage and beliefs.

‘Ambhas’, a Sanskrit word for water, and a Celtic word meaning ‘well’ or ‘good’, is the origin of the name of the River Humber.

Evoking the spirit of the Vikings and water travellers, AMBHAS reimagines ancient journey rituals, expressing our metaphysical relationships to rivers, the sea and celestial waters.

Commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer



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The 20-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

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