Minute of Listening: Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and The New Music Biennial

We are excited to be working alongside PRS for Music Foundation, which supports and provides a platform for talented organisations and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of new music in the UK.

As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, these two exciting additional projects will involve local residents, community groups and primary schools across Hull in the creation and performance of new music in the city, over the next two years.

The New Music Biennial Composer Residencies will kick off in September 2016 to give local communities in Hull the chance to spend time and create music with five of the New Music Biennial’s brilliant music creators, folk legends Sam Lee and Eliza Carthy, classical composers Errollyn Wallen and Brian Irvine and beatbox/electronic artist Jason Singh. Two soundpacks will be created over the course of the project, one to mark the beginning of Hull City of Culture 2017, which brings together many Hull-inspired sounds, and another following the New Music Biennial, which will feature new work by the Composers-in-Residence. 

Minute of Listening will feature ‘minutes’ by New Music Biennial composers, as well as unique sounds of the city of Hull. This highly innovative project will mean that local schools and community groups in Hull will have the chance to be more deeply engaged in the music and sounds of the New Music Biennial, throughout the whole year.

The New Music Biennial Minute of Listening will run in parallel with the residencies until 2018.

The New Music Biennial Minute of Listening will be officially launched on 18th October 2016 and is available to schools now on request please contact:

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Minute of Listening for Bristol 

Minute of Listening, Sound and Music’s unique teaching resource, is to ‘take over’ Bristol schools this September 2015, in partnership with Bristol Plays Music, providing every child across the city with the opportunity to experience a range of sounds and music every day of the school term.

By partnering with Bristol Plays Music, they will be providing every primary school in Bristol with 180 minutes of sound and music, through which to learn vital skills in listening and creative enquiry.

Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music said: 

“Making Minute of Listening available to every school in Bristol will give teachers a high quality recourse that promotes listening and creativity. In addition it will cultivate a shared learning experience between all primary school pupils regardless of where they live in the city.”

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