Michael Nyman to unveil new symphony inspired by the Hillsborough disaster
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Wednesday 09 April 2014
Composer Michael Nyman hopes his new symphony commemorating the Hillsborough disaster, to be first performed this summer, will make a “small but significant contribution” to the healing process for the families.
Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial, an hour-long work, will be performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Liverpool Cathedral.
The work will be played on 5 July during the opening weekend of the Liverpool Biennial, a series of cultural held events across the city, and the piece is a major new arts commission backed by the local council.
Nyman, whose work includes operas, orchestral concertos and film soundtracks, said the piece is the culmination of his thinking around the tragedies connected with Liverpool Football Club.
A spokeswoman said: “25 years after the Hillsborough disaster, he says that he hopes it will make a small but significant contribution to the healing processes still necessary for the families of the lost fans.”
Symphony No.11 restores the work known as "Memorial" to its original context after it was later used in "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover".
As part of the new version, Liverpool-born mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge will sing the names of the 96 fans who died, accompanied by music Nyman was recording on the afternoon of the tragedy.
Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, said the Biennial was a “fantastic example of art being used to help shine a light on the dignity and bravery of those who have strived for justice for the 96”.
He continued: “Memorials are a symbol of our solidarity and support for the families, and Nyman’s specially commissioned piece of music will be a moving and unforgettable tribute.”
As well as working with director Peter Greenaway, Nyman’s film work includes soundtracks for The End of the Affair, A Cock and Bull Story and The Piano, which has sold over three million soundtracks.
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