The New Music Biennial is a showcase of composers and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of new music in the UK.
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. In 2017, the Biennial featured free performances of 20 compositions, staged across the Southbank Centre site. There were also workshops and talks to help audiences engage further with the works.
The New Music Biennial returns in 2019.
Composers featured in 2017:
Anna Meredith: Concerto for Beatboxer & Orchestra featuring Southbank Sinfonia
Daniel Elms: Bethia
James McVinnie & Darkstar: A Piece for Organ
Errollyn Wallen: Might River featuring Orchestra X
Emily Hall: Itch Witch
Gavin Bryars: Winestead featuring Opera North
Sam Lee: Hullucination
Eliza Carthy: Rivers and Railways featuring Moulettes
Laurence Crane: Pieces About Art featuring Exaudi
Ray Lee: Ring Out
Peter Edwards: A Journey with the Giants of Jazz
Anne Martin & Jason Singh: Ceumannan – Footsteps
Gogo Penguin: As Above So Below
Simon Holt: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra featuring BBC Philharmonic
Jocelyn Pook: Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices
Mica Levi: New work featuring BBC Concert Orchestra
Brian Irvine: 13 Vices featuring Rednote Ensemble
Mark Simpson: After Avedon featuring Gould Piano Trio
Hannah Peel: Mary Casio – Journey to Cassiopeia
Philip Venables & David Hoyle: Illusions featuring London Sinfonietta
Check back in 2019 for details of the next New Music Biennial.