BETHIA

TRUMPET, MALE CHORUS, CARILLON, PIANO, SYNTHESIZER & TAPE · 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 Danielʼs 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 celebrates the city’s youthful, progressive generation that is creating such change; Daniel’s work is a manifesto of hope and forward-thinking that rises out of the post-industrial landscape.

Bethia 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, created by Hull artist and videographer David Briggs, which features projected motion picture and lighting. The motion picture is formed from abstracted historical footage of Hull, kindly donated by The British Film Institute and Yorkshire Film Archive, and has a pivotal roll in commemorating Hull City of Culture 2017.

1 C TRUMPET
1 CARILLON

or additional keyboard sampler*


4 MALE VOICES

(TTBB)

1 KEYBOARD SAMPLER

amplified Kurzweil sampler or Native Instrumentsʼ Kontakt software via on-stage monitor*

TAPE

*A sampled version of the Carillon is available as Native Instrumentsʼ Kontakt instrument and is available for hire from Music Sales.

DURATION: 12 MINUTES
COMMISSIONED BY THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
PUBLISHED BY MUSIC SALES
HULL, 2016-17