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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As part of his contribution to Hull City of Culture 2017, alongside a collection of new musical works including Bethia, Daniel has commenced writing a new blog: The Tongue of Ullculcha. The blog will be updated fortnightly over the next eighteen months to document Daniel’s creative work — an exposé on one of the many creative artists working in and around the city. Visit the blog for more information about Hull City of Culture 2017 and to begin following Daniel’s eighteen-month creative journey.
This week, Daniel will be heading to his hometown, Hull, to meet with the other composers and creative teams involved with Performing Right Society Foundation’s New Music Biennial 2017. During the week, the composers will have the opportunity to discuss their work and Daniel will deliver a talk with Tim Stevens of the British Film Institute with regard to presenting music in the public realm. Further information about the composers and commissioning bodies involved with New Music Biennial 2017 can be found here.
With regard to receiving the PRSF New Music Biennial Award 2017, Daniel will be appearing on today’s episode of In Tune, BBC Radio 3, to talk about his commissioned work, Bethia, and to discuss some of the events taking place during Hull City of Culture 2017. For more information visit the In Tune website.
Daniel has been awarded Performing Rights Society Foundation’s New Music Biennial Award 2017. The award will support a new fifteen-minute work, which The British Film Institute has commissioned Daniel to write. Bethia will commemorate his hometown, Hull, being named City of Culture 2017 by presenting the city’s maritime heritage through music, film and spoken word. This work, along with all of those commissioned by the PRSF Biennial Award, will play a pivotal roll in commemorating Hull’s time as City of Culture and in celebrating the city’s artistic renaissance. See the music page for further information about the work. Click here to read more about the award and join the conversation on Twitter with #NMB17. Information about City of Culture 2017 can be found here.
Preparation is underway for the recording of Daniel’s debut album Islandia. He is currently finishing the printed score and parts and is also restoring an electric guitar, which will feature as part of the orchestral ensemble. Follow Daniel’s Twitter feed for regular updates about the album and the recording process.
Daniel’s time at the former home of Imogen Holst, Aldeburgh, has been a brilliantly creative period. Four new works, collectively titled Islandia, have been written for chamber ensemble and electronics. These will form the content of his debut album, which will be recorded and released in 2017.
Thanks to the support of the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Holst Foundation, Daniel is spending the late autumn of 2015 in Aldeburgh at the former home of Imogen Holst to commence writing new works for his debut album. Daniel will be documenting his time at the writing retreat through his musical output and also through photography and field recordings.
Daniel has been commissioned to create the original music for Royal Court Theatre’s staging of Plaques & Tangles by Nicola Wilson. The play, directed by Lucy Morrison, tackles the interpersonal effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s. The show will run from 14th Oct-21st Nov 2015.