Southbank Centre to host a whole weekend of new music

Twenty new commissions will be performed over one weekend this July

Royal Festival Hall
Published: May 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

From 4-6 July, the Southbank Centre will host an entire weekend of new music featuring all 20 commissions from this year’s PRS New Music Biennial.


Coinciding with the Festival of Love that is taking place from 28 June-31 August at Southbank, the New Music Biennial features premieres of works by Matthew Herbert, Andy Scott and Shingai Shoniwa collaborating with David Okumu.

Highlights of the weekend include Yann Seznec's Currents, a piece that explores ideas of distance and relationships between data and the memory, and David Sawyer's Bronze and Iron, a new piece for brass quintet which will be performed by Onyx Brass.

Jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock will appear with the City of London Sinfonia and clarinetist Michael Collins to perform Simcock's piece On a Piece of Tapestry for clarinet, jazz trio & strings.

Tête à tête Opera will lead a project in which composer Samual Bordoli combines skateboarding and choral music, and Mary Ann Kennedy will present her folk commission consisting of songs created on ferry crossings in the Scottish Highlands.

As well as concerts, the weekend will include workshops, debates and composer surgeries. As part of the Festival of Love, participants will be invited to compose piece of music that set messages of love gathered from the public earlier in the season.


The commissions in the New Biennial this year were judged by a diverse panel of performers, broadcasters and composers including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Cerys Matthews, Max Richter and Roger Wright.

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