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New Music Biennial

5 – 7 JUL 2019

New Music Biennial is a showcase of composers and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of music in the UK.
 
The festival, presented in association with the PRS for Music Foundation, is a unique snapshot of contemporary music in the UK across all genres: classical, world music, jazz, folk, electronic and even music for ice cream vans. 

New Music Biennial 2019 comprises 20 new works, featuring new commissions from Gazelle Twin and Max de Wardener, Roderick Williams, Claire M Singer, Khyam Allami, Sona Jobarteh, Arun Ghosh, Sarah Tandy, Forest Swords, Klein, Dan Jones and Sam Eastmond alongside works composed within the last 15 years, including Shiva Feshareki’s acclaimed Dialogue for turntables and orchestra, commissioned by BBC Concert Orchestra in 2018. 

Across the weekend works are performed in a range of venues, inviting audiences to discover new music in an interactive way, both inside and outside of traditional concert hall settings. 

New Music Biennial is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative presented in partnership with Absolutely Cultured, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings. 

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Khyam Allami

Free

Free

Various times
5 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
Various times | 5 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
gigs
folk & world
Contemplate the challenges of the 21st century in this oud-based sound installation
Contemplate the challenges of the 21st century in this oud-based sound installation
Audeince members at talks

Free

Free

11:30 am
Fri 05 Jul 2019
11:30 am | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
talks & debates
In the 21st century, how does new music get made?
In the 21st century, how does new music get made?
Khyam Allami

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Explore the confluence of the oud and electroacoustics in this free concert
Explore the confluence of the oud and electroacoustics in this free concert
The Belfast Ensemble

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
talks & debates
What 'sings' about a story? Composer Conor Mitchell leads a discussion on music and the art of theatre
What 'sings' about a story? Composer Conor Mitchell leads a discussion on music and the...
Audeince Members at Talks

Free

Free

3:45 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
3:45 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
talks & debates
courses & workshops
Get clued up on writing music using the microtonal intervals of the Arabic musical scale
Get clued up on writing music using the microtonal intervals of the Arabic musical scale
Numb Mob

Free

Free

5:15 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
5:15 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Adventure into the world of avant-garde electronic duo Numb Mob
Adventure into the world of avant-garde electronic duo Numb Mob
The Organ being played

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
6:30 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The Quietus dubbed Claire Singer’s debut album ‘genuinely magical’
The Quietus dubbed Claire Singer’s debut album ‘genuinely magical’
Painting of a women in a mirror

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
New Music: Trespassing

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
What will music become in our rapidly changing cities? A new commission investigates
What will music become in our rapidly changing cities? A new commission investigates
Forest Swords and Immix Ensemble

Free

Free

10:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
10:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
Dive into genre-bending electronic sounds at this free summertime club night
Dive into genre-bending electronic sounds at this free summertime club night
365 Stories and Music, Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling

Free

Free

Various times
6 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
Various times | 6 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Dip into nostalgia with this mesmerising symphony, provided by ice cream vans
Dip into nostalgia with this mesmerising symphony, provided by ice cream vans
Shiva Feshareki, experimental composer

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Turntable artist Shiva Feshareki samples an orchestra live in a radical sonic sculpture
Turntable artist Shiva Feshareki samples an orchestra live in a radical sonic sculpture

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Gather to look across the river as this water-inspired piece blends natural and orchestral sounds
Gather to look across the river as this water-inspired piece blends natural and orchestral sounds
James Robertson, writer
2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Gazelle Twin, composer

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
3:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
gigs
Prepare for a melding of genres as two innovative musicians perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Prepare for a melding of genres as two innovative musicians perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Musician on stage

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear a piece described as ‘a music of close whispers and myriad reflections’ by composer Edmund Finnis
Hear a piece described as ‘a music of close whispers and myriad reflections’ by composer Edmund...
Khyam Allami, musician

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Experience the oud-based sound installation and speak to its creator, Khyam Allami
Experience the oud-based sound installation and speak to its creator, Khyam Allami
Sarah Tandy, musician

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
gigs
Envelop yourself in jazz inspired by the ideas of poet Langston Hughes
Envelop yourself in jazz inspired by the ideas of poet Langston Hughes
New Music: Numb Mob

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Uncover the mysterious and oddly beautiful side of Hull with avant-garde electronic duo Numb Mob
Uncover the mysterious and oddly beautiful side of Hull with avant-garde electronic duo Numb Mob

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