Preview: a weekend of new music at the PRSF Biennial

From Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July, 20 of the UK’s leading composers will head to Hull for an extraordinary weekend of music.

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial will see composers including Mica Levi, GoGo Penguin and Eliza Carthy perform in venues right across the city, with many of the composers performing brand new commissions for the festival. The performances will take place in some unique Hull venues throughout the weekend, including Hull Minster, Stage@theDock, and Funktion night club.

In each venue there will be a 15 minute performance of one new piece of music, followed by a short Q&A session with the composer, then a second 15 minute performance of the music. Using this format, audiences will get the opportunity to listen to each composer’s piece, hear an in-depth interview with the composer, then listen to the piece again with a greater understanding of the composer’s ideas and inspiration for the piece.

This incredible festival of new music is free to attend. You can book free tickets to each performance to guarantee your seat, or you can try your luck and turn up at the venue on the day.

Download the PRSF Weekend Map.

A unique musical journey throughout the city, the weekend will include some truly special performances from Sam Lee, Hannah Peel, Anna Meredith, Ray Lee and others, with several composers bringing new pieces (inspired by Hull and its people) commissioned just for this festival.

In addition to these performances, there are three immersive, weekend-long sound installations you can experience from composers Jason Singh, Gavin Bryars and Ray Lee. There will be late night after-show parties in Früit too, with Darkstar on Saturday and Hannah Peel & Jason Singh on Sunday making music into the night.

The New Music Biennial weekend usually takes place at Southbank Centre in London, but we’re doing things a little bit differently for 2017. The Biennial comes to Hull from 30 June – 2 July, before heading down to London the weekend after from 7 – 9 July. The Biennial will later be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

See the full weekend line-up here and plan your weekend of new music.