'The Unfolding' - Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra with Charles Hazlewood
Co-commissioned by The Barbican
A major new work by Hannah Peel, commissioned by and performed with Paraorchestra, The Unfolding takes a cyclical journey from the very atoms of human existence and the awakening of life, through to our eventual re-folding back into the elements.
Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra’s forthcoming album The Unfolding was recorded in March 2021 and is due for release on Real World Records in Spring 2022. This live performance features a glorious 14-piece ensemble of acoustic and electronic instruments as well as human voice for a transportive, playful, and otherworldly sonic experience. The Unfolding follows the huge success of Hannah’s 2021 Mercury Award nominated album Fir Wave.
The first part of the evening’s double bill features a new commission from Bristol-based composer and Associate Music Director for Paraorchestra, Lloyd Coleman. Latent Bloom is a work inspired by the wondrous beauty and complexity of algorithms – on every aspect of today’s world. The piece takes its title from a recent work by award-winning photographer Jack Latham, in which the organic nature of algorithms is visualised through manipulated images of flowers.
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Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
5.30pm: Bars open
7pm: Doors to Sage One
7.30pm – 7.55pm: First Half
8.15pm – 9.15pm: Second Half
11pm: Last orders
Timings are subject to change
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Paraorchestra create large scale and dynamic music experiences, blending artforms and technology to create innovative new ways of experiencing orchestral music. They are as at home playing Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony headlining a main stage at Glastonbury Festival, or taking a 70-piece ensemble playing banging pop tunes through the streets of Bristol, as they are filming a secret gig with Brett Anderson, or Beethoven’s 5th Symphony for Sky Arts broadcast.
Their ensembles feature professional disabled and non-disabled musicians, playing a mix of acoustic, analogue, digital, and assistive instruments. Paraorchestra are not only radically changing who connects with orchestral music, but, shifting the perception of disability by removing the outdated barriers that too often prevent a showcase of excellence in disabled players.
Hannah Peel is a Northern Irish artist, composer, producer and broadcaster. Often inspired by the connections between science and music, her solo record career includes the shortlisted 2021 Mercury Music Prize electronic album, Fir Wave; 2016’s Awake But Always Dreaming, which became an ode to her grandmother’s mind as she lived with dementia; and connecting our brain neurons to stars in our solar system, the space-themed Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia, scored for synthesisers and a 30 piece colliery brass band.
A regular collaborator with Paul Weller, in 2018 she conducted and wrote all the orchestral arrangements for his shows at London’s Royal Festival Hall and contributed to his new no.1 album ‘On Sunset’. A year later Peel composed and recorded the soundtrack for Game of Thrones: The Last Watch which earned her an 2019 Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score)’ In 2020 she created the soundtrack for BBC documentary, Lee Miller – A Life On The Frontline and scored the 4-part Channel 5 TV thriller The Deceived. Hannah is also a regular presenter on the BBC Radio 3 show, Night Tracks.
Award-winning British conductor Charles Hazlewood has worked with many of the world’s greatest orchestras (including Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, The Philharmonia, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony); he has played Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, and multiple festivals throughout the world. Charles has collaborated with artists as diverse as Nigel Kennedy, Professor Green, Squarepusher and Wyclef Jean, has conducted over 200 world premieres and won the Berlin Film Festival ‘Golden Bear’ for Best Film with his South African township opera company’s U Carmen e-Khayelitsha. Charles founded and is Artistic Director of Paraorchestra: the world’s first large-scale professional ensemble of virtuoso disabled and non-disabled musicians, has authored, presented and conducted the music in multiple landmark films for BBCTV and Sky Arts (on Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, amongst others, as well as The Beatles, Badly Drawn Boy, and Minimalism); he has won three Sony Radio Academy Awards for his shows on BBC Radio 2 and 3, composed the scores for the South African Mysteries, Dead Dog In A Suitcase (And Other Love Songs) – a new Beggar’s Opera, and a new opera The Tin Drum (these last two both Kneehigh). He has three TED talks to his name, was a recent Castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, and is Sky Arts’ Ambassador for Music.