A celebration of new music from the UK’s most talented composers and musicians, the New Music Biennial — a PRS Foundation initiative presented in partnership with Absolutely Cultured (Hull), London’s Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings — presents a unique snapshot of contemporary music in the UK across all genres from classical to world music, jazz, folk, electronic and music for ice cream vans.
New Music Biennial 2019 comprises 20 new works including new commissions from Gazelle Twin and Max de Wardener, Roderick Williams, Claire M Singer, Khyam Allami, Jessica Curry, Sona Jobarteh, Arun Ghosh, Sarah Tandy, Forest Swords and Immix Ensemble, Klein, 9Bach, Dan Jones, Edmund Finnis, Aidan O’Rourke, Kit Downes and James Robertson, Conor Mitchell and Sam Eastmond alongside works composed within the last 15 years, including Shiva Feshareki’s acclaimed Dialogue for turntables and orchestra, commissioned by BBC Concert Orchestra last year.
Our New Music Biennial Subscription will feature recordings of at least 16 pieces* performed at the New Music Biennial 2019 events. These works will be released from late July onwards, and added to your bundle accordingly.
New Music Biennial showcases composers and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of new music in the UK. It builds on the successes of the New Music Biennial 2014, New Music Biennial 2017 and the Cultural Olympiad programme, New Music 20×12, which were all released on NMC.
The festival is presented in association with the PRS for Music Foundation and features music across all genres, from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk and electronic.
*Subject to contract. These pieces are being recorded live by BBC Radio 3 and we plan to release them by the end of 2019. If we are unable to deliver the stated amount of releases listed then a replacement or partial refund will be issued.
The New Music Biennial weekends showcase 20 pieces:
5 –7 July 2019
Southbank Centre, London
12 July – 14 July 2019
Hull UK City of Culture
With thanks to the funders and partners who are supporting the New Music Biennial: