BETHIA

MALE VOICES, CARILLON, STRING QUARTET & ELECTRONICS · 2016-17

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Commissioned by The British Film Institute as part of Performing Rights Society Foundationʼs New Music Biennial Award 2017.

The announcement that Elmsʼ hometown, Hull, had been named City of Culture 2017 brought with it a renaissance of local art and a resurgence of interest in the once-great city. Bethia commemorates Hullʼs time as City of Culture 2017 by presenting its maritime heritage through the mediums of music and film — its modern cultural exports celebrating those of its past.

The work is inextricably linked to the city and its maritime history: its humanist rhythms and harmonies are born out of local folk music and the sea shanties sung aboard Hull vessels. It also uses the carillon of Hullʼs Holy Trinity Church, a sound evocative of the city and its maritime roots, to sonically transport audiences to the city centre. The workʼs title references the name given to a local merchant vessel, which was built by Blaydesʼ shipyard in Hull, before it was bought by the Royal Navy and renamed HMS Bounty, the very ship which was host to the infamous mutiny.

A major part of the work is its visual element, which features projected motion picture and lighting. The motion picture is formed from abstracted historical footage of Hull, kindly donated by The British Film Instituteʼs archive, and has a pivotal roll in commemorating Hull City of Culture 2017 and celebrating its artistic renaissance.

5 MALE VOICES

including narrator


1 CARILLON

or additional keyboard sampler*

1 KEYBOARD SAMPLER

amplified Kurzweil sampler or Native Instrumentsʼ Kontakt software*

2 VIOLIN 1 VIOLA 1 CELLO

*A sampled version of the Carillon from Hullʼs Holy Trinity Church will be made available for performances that take place outside of the church. These custom samples can be triggered via Kurzweil Sampler or Native Instrumentsʼ Kontakt software and the samples can be hired from Music Sales.

DURATION: 15 MINUTES
COMMISSIONED BY THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
PUBLISHED BY MUSIC SALES
HULL, 2016-17