Beatboxer, folk legends and classical composers join new residency programme for Hull 2017

PRS for Music Foundation has announced two major new music programmes that will celebrate music and listening in Hull.

With projects kicking off this month, the New Music Biennial (NMB) Composer Residencies will give communities in Hull the chance to create music and spend time with five world-class composers. The five composers – folk legends Sam Lee and Eliza Carthy, classical composers Errollyn Wallen and Brian Irvine, plus beatbox/electronic artist Jason Singh – will spend time in communities in Hull to create new compositions that take Hull and its residents as their starting point and their inspiration.

In collaboration with Sound and Music – a national charity for new music – PRS has also announced the NMB Minute of Listening project. This is a special edition of Sound and Music’s simple digital learning tool that provides primary-aged children with the chance to experience 60 seconds of creative listening each day of the school year. This new version of Minute of Listening will feature minute-long tracks by NMB composers alongside other sounds recorded in Hull, and will be officially launched on October 18 2016.

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said: “A key ambition for Hull 2017 is seeing as many people as possible in every neighbourhood having the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activity across the city. The New Music Biennial Composer Residencies and Minute of Listening programme is a chance for local groups and schoolchildren to make or listen to music by highly respected musicians. It has an important part to play in our learning and participation programme, and we hope it will unleash their creativity and develop their passion for music for years to come.” 

The PRS for Music Foundation announced the NMB project earlier this year with 20 composers, including the NMB Festival weekend in Hull from 30 June to 2 July 2017. This free festival will bring each of the NMB composers together for a festival of performances in Hull, including the performance of a large-scale culmination piece and each of the 20 new compositions. The festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and after the performances in Hull, it will head to London’s Southbank Centre.

Vanessa Reed executive director of PRS for Music Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to bring the Composer Residencies and this special edition of Minute of Listening to Hull as part of the New Music Biennial 2017. Both initiatives will play a significant role in the build up to Hull UK City of Culture festivities in 2017 and beyond. The residencies will add an exciting opportunity for communities, groups and schools in Hull to participate, not only in the festival weekends in 2017, but in the creation and performance of new music with some of the UK’s most talented composers.  In addition, the Minute of Listening gives primary school children a fantastic opportunity to explore new music and sound as part of their daily learning activities in schools.

Find out more about the New Music Biennial Composer Residencies, Minute of Listening and the festival weekends at