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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

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


Produced with the support of partners and funders:

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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.

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Release Date:
21 July 2017