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New Music Biennial

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 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 programmed so it is possible to see all of the 20 compositions over the weekend.

In addition to the concert programme, there is also a full festival programme 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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7 Jul 2017

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

8 Jul 2017

A woman holding a syringe in a lab, Mighty River

Free

Classical music
Orchestra
12:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Explore themes of slavery and freedom in a piece combining spirituals with contemporary classical
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
1:00 pm, 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
11:30 am, 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
7:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Experience a meld of traditional Gaelic song and North Indian Raga
Band members of GoGo Penguin

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

Musicians with their instruments

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
2:00 pm, 9 Jul 2017
Explore the weird, humorous, dark and exotic world of contemporary vices through a new musical work

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
11:30 am, 8 Jul 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
Walk around a space in which micro-melodies shift and change

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
4:00 pm, 9 Jul 2017
Hear a new work from BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:30 pm, 9 Jul 2017
Listen to 1970s analogue synths alongside a colliery brass band in a new piece by composer/singer Hannah Peel

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 9 Jul 2017
Experience politically engaged contemporary music exploring themes of government and LGBT rights