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    Unclassified Live: Hidden in the Margins

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    Fri 4 Feb, 8pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £12 ⁠–⁠ £22
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    Genres meet and mingle at a listening party hosted by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Elizabeth Alker.

    Immerse yourself in the eclectic sounds produced by a new generation of visionary music makers, brought to life by a full orchestra.

    Alker presents her pick of intriguing, exploratory music alongside interviews with her line-up of crossover artists. The orchestra is conducted by Robert Ames.

    In Daniel Elms’ debut album, Islandia, works for chamber orchestra, electric guitar and synthesisers take inspiration from his home city, Hull. Alker calls Elms’ complex, atmospheric music ‘intoxicatingly comforting.’

    American musician Rafiq Bhatia joins the orchestra to perform new arrangements from his 2018 album, Breaking English.

    A composer, guitarist, producer and sound artist, Bhatia makes sculptural, meticulously crafted music that finds common ground among ecstatic avant-garde jazz, mournful soul, fractured beats and building-shaking electronics.

    ‘His music manages to marry the busyness and vibrancy of jazz and the sparseness and sparkle of electronic music,’ Alker observes. ‘It’s a wild and wonderful mix of those influences and experiences.’

    The innovative duo Ed Handley and Andy Turner have been expanding the realm of electronic music as Plaid since the early 90s. Forging ever bolder and emotive paths through electronic music, Elizabeth Alker now invites them to experiment as part of Unclassified Live and to write a new piece for full orchestra.

    Open up your perspective through music that reveals the unfamiliar histories, and unsettling hidden corners, of the places we call home.

    Performers
    • BBC Concert Orchestra
    • Robert Ames conductor
    • Rafiq Bhatia guitar, electronics
    • Jackson Hill bass, electronics
    • Ian Chang drum kit, electronics
    • Plaid (Ed Handley & Andy Turner)
    • Elizabeth Alker presenter
    Repertoire
    • Daniel Elms: Consolations in Travel (World premiere)
    • Rafiq Bhatia: Breaking English Set arr. Taylor Brook (World premiere)
    • Plaid (Ed Handley & Andy Turner): Cwtch (World premiere); 3 Koromiko (World premiere)

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 8+

    Dates & times

    Fri 4 Feb, 8pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry£12 ⁠–⁠ £22*
    • Concessions25%**


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