26 Jan 22

New Music Biennial 2022

Keeley Forsyth Image_credit Sophie Jane Stafford

We are delighted to announce that Keeley Forsyth has been selected to write a new piece commissioned by Sound UK - one of ten brand new works selected from an open call for New Music Biennial 2022.

PRS Foundation and the Southbank Centre have announced the pieces of new music to be performed at their critically acclaimed free festival in London and in Coventry in various venues as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

New Music Biennial 2022 will comprise 20 new pieces of music: ten brand new works selected from an open call and ten pre-existing New Music Biennial works from across the last 10 years to mark its launch back in 2012.

Keeley Forsyth's new piece Bog Body (working title) explores our relationship with the ancient ritualistic role, and environmental importance, of peat bogs. A powerful, innovative, audio-visual performance piece crafted around the drama of Forsyth’s voice in collaboration with composer Ross Downes.

Keeley Forsyth is a composer, singer and actor from Oldham in the north-west of England. Built upon sparse arrangements, Forsyth’s music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery, by turns devastating and uplifting.

With pieces from across all genres: from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk and electronic, each work is no longer than 15 minutes in duration to create a pop-up, interactive way for audiences to discover new music by some of the most exciting composers and music creators in the UK today, including:

Yazz Ahmed, Paul Purgas, AFRODEUTSCHE, Martin Green, Rakhi Singh / Vessel, Keeley Forsyth, Coby Sey, Roopa Panesar, Dr Toby Young, Philip Herbert, Anna Meredith, Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe, Daniel Elms, Errollyn Wallen, Philip Venables and David Hoyle Aidan O'Rourke and Kit Downes, Jason Yarde, Jessica Curry, Arlene Sierra and Gazelle Twin.

The festival weekends will take place both in Coventry in various venues as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations and London’s Southbank Centre on:

Friday 22 – Sunday 24 April, Coventry (Free tickets released on 25 January 2022)
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 July, Southbank Centre (Free tickets released on 23 April 2022)

To find out more visit the New Music Biennial webite.

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