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Itch Witch at New Music Biennial, Southbank Centre London

  • Southbank Centre, Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall London United Kingdom (map)

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial is an exciting and free new music festival which forms part of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, presenting 20 pieces of new music across two festival weekends in Hull (30th June – 2nd July 2017) and at London’s Southbank Centre (7th – 9th July 2017). The New Music Biennial will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

The Itch Witch has been selected by Mahogany Opera Group to be performed as part of this showcase. Written by composer Emily Hall and author Toby Litt, Itch Witch forms part of the nationwide project Snappy Operas – 10 mini operas from British artists created with and performed by children.

The piece uses chants, melodies and language from the playground, along with instrumental accompaniment made from everyday school equipment such as recorder drones, chalk and skipping ropes.

The commissions will be performed at Hull UK City of Culture (1st July 2017) and London Southbank Centre (8th July 2017). The selected works will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

BOOK FREE TICKETS for 1pm or 3pm, 8th July, Southbank Centre.

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial is generously supported by Hull UK City of Culture, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, BBC Radio 3, Southbank Centre, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Cockayne, The John S Cohen Foundation, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Finzi Trust, RVW Trust, The Bliss Trust and NMC Recordings.