Daniel Kidane – Together in Difference: Transnational Identity in New Music

Wednesday 21 October, 12-2pm [online via Minerva]

Following his recent articles for The Guardian and BMC, composer Daniel Kidane discusses his recent compositional practice in relation to his mixed heritage and identity, exploring these themes in relation to his recent pieces Woke (BBC Commission for The Last Night of the Proms),  Foreign Tongues (for string quartet), and his music for the BBC radio play Sirens.

Daniel Kidane’s music has been performed extensively across the UK and abroad as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 3, described by the Financial Times as ‘quietly impressive’ and by The Times as ‘tautly constructed’ and ’vibrantly imagined’. Recent projects include the premiere of his orchestral work Zulu by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; a new work for the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which is inspired by Grime music; a chamber work for the Cheltenham Festival, which draws inspiration from Jungle music; a song cycle commissioned by Leeds Lieder; a piece for the baritone Roderick Williams and the Chineke! Orchestra, which was played at the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall; and opening proceedings at last year’s iconic Last Night of the BBC Proms with his piece Woke, premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include new orchestral works for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.

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