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The Miners' Hymns: Johann Johannsson, Iskra String Quartet, NASUWT Riverside Band
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson performs live for the first time in London his moving score to The Miners’ Hymns, an unashamedly lyrical portrait of Britain’s industrial past by American artist film maker Bill Morrison.
Using rarely seen archive film footage spanning 100 years, it depicts the ill-fated mining communities, the increasing mechanisation of the pits and the extraordinary annual Durham Miners’ Gala. The soundtrack draws on the brass music heritage of the northeast of England, a tradition stretching back almost 200 years and still very much alive today.
On this evening that coincides with the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, Jóhann Jóhannsson will join conductor Gudni Franzson on stage. The score will performed by the Iskra String Quartet, and a specially-assembled 18-piece brass ensemble comprising orchestral players alongside musicians from the Durham-based NASUWT Riverside Band.
After the show, join Morrison and Jóhannsson for a post performance discussion hosted by Nick Bradshaw, Web Editor at Sight & Sound.
Image © Morley von Sternberg
This event takes place at Barbican Centre, which has achieved Silver Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.