PRS presents New Music Biennial 2019 with Absolutely Cultured in Hull

PRS has revealed the lineup for its 2019 New Music Biennial, returning to Hull after its debut during the City of Culture 2017 celebrations, in partnership with Absolutely Cultured, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings. It will take place across two weekends on 5–7 July 2019 at London’s Southbank Centre and 12–14 July 2019 in Hull, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available as a download by NMC Recordings following the festivals.

The New Music Biennial 2019 programme includes new music from many genres including classical and chamber music, jazz, folk and electronic among others. The works commissioned are no longer than 15 minutes, giving maximum chance for audiences to discover new music and conduct repeat listens and many explore the complexity of modern identities.

Highlights include:

  • BBC Concert Orchestra collaboration with spoke word poet Kate Tempest and composer / turntablist Shiva Feshareki
  • what it means to be Jewish and British in Brit-ish by Sam Eastmond
  • youth identities in modern cities by rising jazz star Sarah Tandy
  • works that play with the musical traditions of east and west by Sona Jobarteh, Arun Ghosh, Rolf Hind and Khyam Allami
  • Klein’s ballet for teenage boys
  • Clare M Singer’s acoustic electronica
  • Forest Swords & Immix Ensemble’s sonic city landscape.

The winning compositions were selected by a panel of judges, chaired by BBC Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey and including Vanessa Reed (CEO, PRS Foundation), Gillian Moore CBE (Director of Music, Southbank Centre), Katy Fuller (Director, Absolutely Cultured) and radio presenters Kevin Le Gendre and Elizabeth Alker. The programme features an impressive array of performance groups and arts organisations with a strong track record in supporting UK composers. This includes Chineke!, London Contemporary Orchestra, Opera North, Metal Liverpool, QuJunktions and many more.

Vanessa Reed, CEO, PRS Foundation said: “The UK is home to an extraordinary range of exceptional composers. Our New Music Biennial gives more people a chance to experience their music as part of a free weekend marathon which takes audiences on a journey through diverse locations and sounds. I’m really excited by the line-up of this year’s New Music Biennial and the fact that this festival will take place again in both London’s Southbank Centre and in Hull as part of its City of Culture legacy.”

Katy Fuller, Creative Director and Chief Executive, Absolutely Cultured said: “Following an extremely successful festival in 2017 as part of the City of Culture programme, we’re delighted to continue to work in partnership to bring these incredible composers to Hull’s unique spaces. We’re proud to commission our own ambitious outdoor piece, alongside new commissions from local partners Opera North, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and J-night. With such a diverse range of genres and performance styles, there will be something for everyone.”


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