7 Jul 2017 - 9 Jul 2017

The New Music Biennial showcases composers and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of new music in the UK. It builds on the successes of the New Music Biennial 2014 and the Cultural Olympiad programme, New Music 20×12, both presented at Southbank Centre.

The festival is presented in association with the PRS for Music Foundation and features music across all genres, from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk and electronic. All compositions are no more than 15 minutes in duration and are performed in a range of settings. The concert programme is all free, and is structured so it is possible to see all 20 compositions over the weekend.

In addition to the concert programme, there is also a full festival of events to be announced later in the spring, featuring workshops and interactive elements, giving the opportunity to further engage with the works and composers.

 

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Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:26
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:23
The electronic artist and composer on the inspiration for Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:15
See video excerpts from Philip Venables: Illusions featuring performance artist David Hoyle
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 19:30
The composition professor explains how his new work transforms rejection into inspiration

7 Jul 2017

Audience laughing

Free

Talks & Topics
1:30 pm, 7 Jul 2017
Join our composers’ Q&A to find out more about how they work

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
5:30 pm, 7 Jul 2017
Hear a concerto performed by Southbank Sinfonia and a beatboxer ensemble
Daniel Elms

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:30 pm, 7 Jul 2017
Hear chamber music that emulates the sounds of a tremulous sea

Free

Gigs
Electronic
8:00 pm, 7 Jul 2017
Warm up with some amazing electronic music before Darkstar’s new commission

Free

Gigs
Electronic
9:00 pm, 7 Jul 2017
Hear the landscape and community of Hull reflected in a new piece by Darkstar

Free

Gigs
Electronic
10:00 pm, 7 Jul 2017
See a special one-off show from London-based electronic music duo Darkstar

8 Jul 2017

Free

Classical music
Orchestra
12:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Explore themes of slavery and freedom in a piece combining spirituals with contemporary classical

Free

Classical music
Opera
2:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Learn about the key elements of opera and have a go at singing and performing yourself
Singing workshop

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
2:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Try singing experimental music at this workshop led by composer James Weeks
Musicians playing

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
3:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Hear composer Gavin Bryars’ piece inspired by the strange landscape of Holderness/Spurn Head

Free

Classical music
Opera
Various times, 8 Jul 2017
Children are invited to explore the ambiguous nature of witches in this visual and atmospheric event for ages 8 - 11
 Hullucination, A man in a low-lit room looking at a photo slide

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
4:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Discover a rich history of vernacular folk song with Mercury Prize-nominated Sam Lee
Eliza Carthy, Rivers and Railways

Free

Classical music
Choral
5:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Explore themes of migration, Hull’s industries and history with Eliza Carthy
New Music Biennial, Pieces About Art

Free

Classical music
Choral
6:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Hear music that explores boundaries between music and texts, composers and artists

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Various times, 8 Jul 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
Walk around a space in which micro-melodies shift and change

Free

Gigs
Jazz & Blues
8:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Peer into a seminal year for jazz with pianist, composer and bandleader Peter Edwards

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
Various times, 8 Jul 2017
Experience a meld of traditional Gaelic song and North Indian Raga

Free

Gigs
Jazz & Blues
9:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Hear Manchester jazz trio GoGo Penguin perform music inspired by the North’s industrial landscape

9 Jul 2017

Young musicians

Free

Gigs
Jazz & Blues
11:30 am, 9 Jul 2017
Are you a musician interested in trying out jazz composition?

Free

Classical music
Orchestra
1:00 pm, 9 Jul 2017
BBC Young Musician of the Year Mark Simpson performs Simon Holt’s new basset clarinet concerto

Free

Classical music
Choral
2:00 pm, 9 Jul 2017
Gain insight into the experience of mental illness from a new work by composer Jocelyn Pook

Free

Classical music
Orchestra
3:00 pm, 9 Jul 2017
Hear new music written by BAFTA-nominated composer Mica Levi for the BBC Orchestra

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Various times, 9 Jul 2017
Explore the weird, humorous, dark and exotic world of contemporary vices through a new musical work

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Various times, 8 Jul 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
Walk around a space in which micro-melodies shift and change

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Various times, 9 Jul 2017
Hear a new work from BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year

9 Jul
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Experience politically engaged contemporary music exploring themes of government and LGBT rights
9 Jul
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear a new work from BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year
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