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Unclassified Live: Hidden in the Margins
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Unclassified Live: Hidden in the Margins

Date: 4 Feb
Time: 20:00
BBC Concert Orchestra

Robert Ames conductor
Rafiq Bhatia guitar, electronics
Jackson Hill bass, electronics
Ian Chang drum kit, electronics
PlaidĀ (Ed Handley and Andy Turner)
Daniel Elms
BBC Concert Orchestra

Immerse yourself in the eclectic sounds produced by a new generation of visionary music makers, brought to life by a full orchestra. Alker presents her pick of intriguing, exploratory music alongside interviews with her line-up of crossover artists.

Grappling with questions of place is Daniel Elms' debut album, Islandia, released in 2019, in which works for chamber orchestra, electric guitar and synthesisers take inspiration from his home city, Hull. Alker calls Elms' complex, atmospheric music 'intoxicatingly comforting.'

American musician Rafiq Bhatia joins the orchestra to perform new arrangements from his 2018 album Breaking English. A composer, guitarist, producer, and sound artist, Bhatia makes sculptural, meticulously crafted music that finds common ground among ecstatic avant-garde jazz, mournful soul, fractured beats and building-shaking electronics. "His music manages to marry the busyness and vibrancy of jazz and the sparseness and sparkle of electronic music," Alker observes. "It's a wild and wonderful mix of those influences and experiences."

Open up your perspective through music that reveals the unfamiliar histories, and unsettling hidden corners, of the places we call home.

The innovative duo Ed Handley and Andy Turner have been expanding the realm of electronic music as Plaid since the early 90s. Forging ever bolder and emotive paths through electronic music, Elizabeth Alker now invites them to experiment as part of Unclassified Live and to write a new piece for full orchestra.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall

The mission of the BBC Concert Orchestra is to bring inspiring musical experiences to everyone, everywhere, with the ensemble's versatility as the key. The orchestra can be heard on BBC Radio 2's Sunday Night Is Music Night and for BBC Radio 3 it explores a wide selection of music, ranging from classical to contemporary. The orchestra has performed on many soundtracks, including Blue Planet and Serengeti for BBC One, as well as on George the Poet's award-winning podcast for BBC Sounds. The orchestra appears annually at the BBC Proms and is an Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre.


This Event is at Queen Elizabeth Hall

 Southbank Centre SE1 8XX Belvedere Road, London

The Queen Elizabeth Hall is the second largest concert hall on Southbank Centre site, hosting chamber orchestras, quartets, choirs, dance performances and opera. As well as the main concert hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall also contains two smaller venues, the Purcell Room and The Front Room at the QEH. Festival Village is located on the ground level of Queen Elizabeth Hall, underneath the foyer entrance and the Roof Garden on the top of the venue.


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