Influenced by the natural landscape surrounding his Yorkshire hometown, Daniel Elms’ piece for acoustic and electronic instruments celebrates the maritime history of Hull using re-imagined sea shanties and maritime hymns. It is performed alongside projected film footage that has been edited and adapted to create abstract ambience and light. Written for a small group of chamber musicians the music interweaves cross-rhythms and interlocking harmony to create a texture similar to that of a tremulous sea. Commissioned by BFI.
About Daniel Elms
Daniel Elms’ distinctive voice as a contemporary composer, humanist and prolific collaborator is captured in emotive soundscapes, which effortlessly fuse intricate orchestral textures with the electroacoustic instruments and urban sounds synonymous with his hometown of Hull in the North of England.
Elms studied composition at the Royal College of Music under Joseph Horovitz and was mentored by Kenneth Hesketh, Peter Stark, and Carlos Bonell. Taking inspiration from progressive and humanist ideologies, his work addresses disparate social, economic, and political relationships between people and cities, and offers intimate commentaries on the human condition.
The performance of Bethia was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July 2017 and is available as a download in MP3 and FLAC 16 from 28 July 2017.