New Music Biennial

Glasgow UNESCO City of Music at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall presents two days of new music, free concerts and workshops featuring commissions from PRS for Music Foundation: New Music Biennial and the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme

Highlights include:

  • A work by Matthew Herbert featuring samples of 20 pianos from around the world played on a simple table, turned into a virtual piano through bespoke soft/hardware created by the Radiophonic Workshop.
  • A piece commissioned by sound Festival and Red Note Ensemble for Stephen Montague called Three Fables, Tales form the Commonwealth based on tales sent in by children from different countries across the Commonwealth.
  • Gift by Jez Colborne follows the story of Greek mythology of the Trojan Horse – a gift arrives but is it all what it seems? Set in and around a shipping container Colborne wants the audience to go through a mix of emotions when they hear the piece from wary, confused, to elation and amazement.
  • The Bell That Never Rang was inspired by an image of Glasgow’s coat of arms and relates to the deeds of St Mungo. Composed by Lau in collaboration with the Elysian Quartet it draws together their respective musical worlds through a shared love of exploration and experimentation.
  • A video installation of a project led by Tête à Tête Opera in which young composer Samuel Bordoli brings together skateboarding and choral singing.
  • Compositions from four Scottish composers including Piers Hellawell, Mary Ann Kennedy, Yann Seznec and Matheu Watson.

New Music Biennial’s new commissions will be presented in Glasgow as part of Festival 2014, the Glasgow-based Games-time strand of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.