Michael Nyman ‘Symphony No. 11 : Hillsborough Memorial’

Today, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has been working with legendary film music composer Michael Nyman. The RLPO has begun a weekend of recording sessions to make a commercial recording of Michael’s ‘Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial’.


RLPO recording at The Friary

The orchestra has been involved in several projects to aid the Hillsborough football stadium tragedy at which ninety six Liverpool Football Club supporters died after the stand in which they were watching the game collapsed. Michael has named the symphony after the tragedy as a tribute to the terrible events and the aftermath which ensued.

Soprano soloist Kathryn Rudge and RLPO Principal Horn Tim Jackson

Soprano soloist Kathryn Rudge and RLPO Principal Horn Tim Jackson

The piece is scored for Soprano soloist, children’s choir and symphony orchestra. We are recording the piece over two days at our rehearsal and recording premises ‘The Friary’ and Andrew Cornall is producing the recording.


Michael Nyman, Kathryn Rudge and Brendan Ball (making a rare appearance on the Flugel Horn!)

The Symphony No. 11 will be the RLPO contribution to the Liverpool Biennial. The recording will feature soprano Kathryn Rudge, pictured above with Michael Nyman and myself and is conducted by Josep Vincent. As for the trumpet work, Nyman always gives our section a good ‘blow’! Section leader Rhys Owens is shining on the piccolo trumpet and I get to wrestle with a few flugel horn solos.

Josep Vincent 'on the blower' to Andrew Cornall and Michael Nyman in the sound booth

Josep Vincent ‘on the blower’ to Andrew Cornall and Michael Nyman in the sound booth

The RLPO will be performing Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 11 : Hillsborough Memorial in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Saturday 5th July at 7.30pm.


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Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.
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