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New Music Biennial 2017

New Music Biennial 2017 is a PRS Foundation initiative, presented in partnership with Hull City of Culture, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings.

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial is generously supported by Hull UK City of Culture, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, BBC Radio 3, Southbank Centre, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Cockayne, The John S Cohen Foundation, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Finzi Trust, RVW Trust, The Bliss Trust and NMC Recordings.

As part of the official Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme, New Music Biennial will showcase the talent of the UK’s music sector, raise the profile of composers and performers, and present a snapshot of new music across all genres.

20 pieces of new music will be included in the New Music Biennial programme, and will be performed at the festival weekend events at Hull UK City of Culture (30th June – 2nd July 2017) and London Southbank Centre (7th – 9th July 2017) and recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


New Music Biennial Composer residencies
In addition to the festival weekends, five New Music Biennial composers will be basing themselves in local communities in Hull for a series of composer residencies across the city.  Between January 2017 and March 2018 local communities in Hull will spend time and create music with some of the New Music Biennial’s brilliant music creators. These local groups and composers will come together and be part of the New Music Biennial Festival in Hull, July 2017, where they will perform a large-scale culmination piece. The Composer Residencies will continue beyond July 2017 with local student music leaders mentored by New Music Biennial composers.

New Music Biennial Minute of Listening
New Music Biennial Minute of Listening is a special edition of Sound and Music’s simple digital learning tool which provides primary-aged children with the opportunity to experience 60 seconds of creative listening each day of the school year. Featuring minute-long tracks from New Music Biennial composers and sounds from Hull, the New Music Biennial Minute of Listening will run in schools between October 2017 and March 2018.

Follow all the updates on the New Music Biennial microsite.