HandsFree enables NYO’s young musicians, from all over Britain, to share their musicianship and creative inventiveness without their instruments, through clapping, body percussion and beatboxing. Set for flashmob style performances in cities nationwide and as a surprise opener/encore to NYO concerts, Anna has shaped HandsFree in workshops with members of the NYO, in her words, 'building a piece they're excited to perform and want to own, that showcases their virtuosity to audiences old and new'.
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
'fantastically planned and choreographed' Guardian
‘Gold medal for Meredith’s exhilarating body percussion piece HandsFree’ BBC Music Magazine
Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation
New Music 20x12 partners
The performance of HandsFree by the NYOGB was recorded by the BBC in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool on 5th Jan 2012, and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 21 April 2012.
Catalogue number: NMC DL201202
Release Date: 30 April 2012