New Music Biennial 2017

Get tickets to New Music Biennial performances

Tickets are now available for performances of the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial pieces in Hull.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 8 May 2017
  • min read
Tickets are now available for performances of the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial pieces in Hull.

The performances will take place across two festival weekends in July 2017 (one in Hull and another at London’s Southbank Centre), then be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Of the 20 works, some are a response to Hull’s title of City of Culture for 2017, such as Errollyn Wallen’s Mighty River orchestral work, that draws inspiration from the work of William Wilberforce in Hull and GoGo Penguin’s Abstractions of the Industrial North.

Other commissions includes composer Simon Holt’s new clarinet concerto for 2006’s BBC Young Musician of the Year Mark Simpson, commissioned by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Emily Hall’s new Opera for children and Tom Jenkinson’s (Squarepusher) The Secret Life of Organs showcasing the potential for these incredible instruments beyond traditional organ music.

The works will be performed in Hull from 30 June to 1 July with each to be performed twice, then followed by a Q&A with the composers.

The New Music Biennial is free to attend, but if you book your tickets now you will guarantee entry.

Visit the Hull 2017 City of Culture website to get tickets.

The full list of Hull performances is below:

Friday 30 June

Anna Meridith and Southbank Sinfonia: Concerto For Beatboxer & Orchestra

Albemarle Music Centre, 5.30pm

Simon Holt and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Concerto For Clarinet And Orchestra

Hull City Hall, 6.45pm

Gavin Bryars: Winestead

Albemarle Music Centre, 8pm

Mica Levi & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: New Work For The BBC Concert Orchestra

Hull City Hall, 9pm

Daniel Elms: Bethia

Holy Trinity Church, 10.15pm


Saturday 1 July

Ray Lee: Ring Out

Zebedee’s Yard, 11am

Laurence Crane: Pieces About Art

Albemarle Music Centre, 12.30pm

Errollyn Wallen: Mighty River

Hull City Hall, 2pm

Emily Hall: The Itch Witch

Hull City Hall Mortimer Suite, 3.15pm

Hannah Peel: Journey to Cassiopeia

Albemarle Music Centre, 4.30pm

James MCvinne and Darkstar: A Piece for Organ (working title)

Hull City Hall, 6pm

Gogo Penguin: As Above So Below

Früit, 7.15pm

Eliza Carthy: Rivers and Railways

Stage@TheDock, 8.30pm


Sunday 2 July

Mark Simpson: After Avedon

Hull City Hall Mortimer Suite (Sharp Room), 11am

Jason Singh and Anne Martin: Ceumannan - Footsteps 2

Hull City Hall Mortimer Suite (Soft Room), 12.15pm

Residency Group (James Redwood)

Princes Quay Shopping Centre, 1.30pm

Jocelyn Pook: Anxiety Fanfare and Variation of Voices

Albemarle Music Centre, 3pm

Peter Edwards: A Journey with the Giants of Jazz

Holy Trinity Church, 4.15pm

Philip Venables and David Hoyle: Illusions

Funktion Hull (previously Tower Nightclub), 5.30pm

Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walsh: 13 Vices 

The Guildhall, 6.45pm

Sam Lee: Hullucination

Holy Trinity Church, 8pm