The Composer’s Fund

Daniel has been awarded the PRS Foundation’s Composer’s Fund. With this support, Daniel will work towards a series of live performances in 2019, which will feature the compositions included in his forthcoming album Islandia. Daniel will also be reintroducing the electric guitar and pedal board to these performances, to showcase the instrument as a striking voice within the chamber orchestra.

The Demons Return

100 Demons will return for performances across the UK in Winter 2018. Tickets for the King’s Place performance — Sat, 8th Dec — are available here. Full details to follow soon via Manchester Collective.

Composer Residency

As part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 legacy, Daniel is working with a collection of Hull-based music artists to introduce them to arranging their own music for orchestral instrumentation. The residency will take place across the Summer, courtesy of PRS Foundation’s Hull residency schemes, and will conclude with a series of recorded performances that will be made available via YouTube.

100 Demons

Despite the Beast from the East’s best attempts to thwart concerts across the UK, Manchester Collective premiered 100 Demons to critical success from Colin Clarke at Seen and Heard, Hugh Morris at Bach Track and Chris Flack at Get Into This.

100 Demons Premiere

Manchester Collective will be premiering Daniel’s new composition, 100 Demons, in three venues across the North of England on 1st-3rd March 2018. The new work features as part of an incredible programme of new music curated and performed by Manchester Collective. Be sure to book your tickets.

Bethia Live

The premiere performance of Bethia is now available to watch on Daniel’s YouTube channel. The performance was part of PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial and Hull City of Culture 2017.

100 Demons & 2018 Part I

Tickets are now available for the premiere performance of Daniel’s new work 100 Demons. The work, commissioned by Manchester Collective, is an exploration of myth making and fear mongering for string quartet and tape. The work will premiere as part of Manchester Collective’s 2018 Part I season and tickets are available via the collective’s website.

Neuro Slicers & Dream Harvest

Daniel has been working with Dream Harvest Games on their debut release Failure Neuro Slicers. The game is a cyberpunk RTS, set in a dystopian future. The game is scheduled for a closed alpha release in early 2018, with a full release in early 2019. Daniel is using electronics and musique conrete to create a score quite unlike anything he’s ever worked on before. For more information about the game and Daniel’s music, join the Discord community or follow Dream Harvest on twitter.

Album Mix & The Coming Autumn

After completing the mix of Islandia, Daniel will be commencing work on a series of new commissions while the album is prepared for release. One of these new commissions is 100 Demons for Manchester Collective. He will be documenting his composition of this work through his online journal, from the work’s conceptual foundations, through to its premiere in March 2018. Follow Daniel on Twitter for regular updates.

Bethia on NMC Records

The Hull premiere of Bethia, recorded live in Hull Minster by BBC Radio 3, is now available for download via NMC Records. Click here to purchase a copy. Many other works featured in the New Music Biennial 2017 are also available.

Debut at Royal Festival Hall

Didn’t get a chance to hear the premiere of Bethia in Hull? Not to worry: free tickets are available for the piece’s second performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 7th July at 18:30. This will be the first ever performance of Daniel’s work at the historic venue. Book your ticket here.

World premiere of Bethia

On Friday 30th June at 22:15, Daniel’s new composition, Bethia, will premiere in Hull as part of City of Culture 2017 and PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial. The new work is a sonic landscape that celebrates the rebuilding of Daniel’s hometown and features an immersive motion picture created by Hull-born videographer and artist David Briggs. Free tickets are available via the Hull 2017 website.

Album Recording at Abbey Road Studios

This week, Daniel will be recording his debut album, Islandia, at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios. The album recording will be documented through a series of journals, behind the scenes videos, and photography. The first journal instalment is available here.

Visual Impact

This week’s blog is all about the stunning visuals of Bethia that have been created by artist and videographer David Briggs. Read the full article here.

Official YouTube Channel

The Official Daniel Elms YouTube channel is now live. There will be a host of visual content coming over the Summer, so be sure to subscribe to get the latest updates. In the meantime, some of Daniel’s well known works are now available for free, as are some teaser trailers for forthcoming projects.

Behind the Scenes

In the run up to the premiere of Bethia, Daniel has written about his experience creating some of the instruments and materials for the multimedia work in his blog. A short exposé on the process of working with Hull’s carillon bells is now available here courtesy of Hull-based videographer Adam Blyth.

Debut Album Recording

Daniel is currently preparing for the recording of his debut album Islandia, which is being recorded in London in June 2017 by members of some of the UK’s leading orchestras and chamber groups. The album is a collection of emotive works on the theme of isolation, and draws upon socially- and politically-motivated literature, which has inspirational messages of perseverance and humanity. The album includes the work Bethia, which will premier in Hull on June 30th as part of PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial and Hull City of Culture 2017.

New Sound Collective

Daniel is forming a collective with musicians, producers and curators from Hull, in order to develop a state-of-the-art recording and performance space within the city. The proposed site will be built as part of a larger facility, dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through low-cost workspaces, mentoring schemes, and AAA-grade facilities. More details about the collective and the artisan facility will be released throughout the year, and the New Sound Collective will soon be creating a series of recordings to showcase the raw potential of the new site.

Hear the Tolling of the Bells

Throughout February, in preparation for his forthcoming work Bethia, Daniel will be recording the carillon at Hull’s Holy Trinity Church with audio guru Will Rice. The recordings will sample the 24 individual bells of the carillon, which will be used to replicate the sound of Hull’s Old Town in a performance of the work at Royal Festival Hall, London.

M Magazine Interview

Daniel was recently interviewed by M Magazine about the process of composition and his new commission, Bethia, for Hull City of Culture 2017. Listen to the interview here.