A group of young musicians from Hull are heading to London this weekend to perform at the Southbank Centre as part of PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial.
This month, Hull arts company Absolutely Cultured and London’s the Southbank Centre will present the critically acclaimed free festival, which will feature 20 pieces of new music by some of the UK’s most exciting music creators.
Freedom Festival Arts Trust has commissioned a new piece about Hull, which will be performed in London and Hull as part of this year’s event.
Award-winning clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh has been commissioned to create the new, site-specific piece, entitled AMBHAS, which will be performed as audiences gather to look out across the water on the banks of the River Thames and River Humber.
Inspired by water and journeys to the city from across the sea, the commission has given young wind and percussion players the opportunity to perform alongside professional players.
Rehearsals have been taking place at Hull Music Hub, where 28 young musicians have been given the opportunity to play alongside professional players.
James Dickinson, head of the Hull Music Service said “I’m delighted that young musicians from The Albemarle Music Centre have got the opportunity to not only work with Arun Ghosh and perform as part of the PRSF Festival in Hull, but also on London’s Southbank.”
The New Music Biennial pieces will be performed across two weekends from Friday 5 to 7 July at London’s Southbank Centre and Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July in Hull. The festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 plus available as a download by NMC Recordings following the festivals.
Find more information about the New Music Biennial here.