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Christian Barraclough trumpet
Mark Keith carillon
Paul Bentley-Angell tenor
Ashley Turnell tenor
Simon Gallear baritone
Thomas Flint bass
Craig White piano
Emily Blackledge synthesizer

[New Music Biennial - Live Recording]

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.

This piece is part of New Music Biennial 2017. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page: http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/new-music-biennial-2017


Bethia is commissioned by BFI.


Behind the Scenes of Bethia


'Luminous simplicity ... a meditation' The Telegraph


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The performance of Bethia was recorded live by the BBC at Hull Minster on 30 June 2017 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July 2017.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201704
Release Date:
21 July 2017