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RNS Moves Songbook with Héloïse Werner


RNS Moves Songbook with Héloïse Werner


Electrifying. Hypnotic. Fresh new sounds.

Who’s on stage

RNS Moves, our inclusive ensemble made up of disabled musicians and non-disabled members of Royal Northern Sinfonia, and trail-blazing soprano and composer Héloïse Werner.

What they’re playing

RNS Moves are one of the most flexible, eclectic musical groups around. They seamlessly blend medieval chant with classical chart toppers with experimental electronica, and make it all sound amazing. Tonight they’re joined by contemporary vocalist and composer Héloïse Werner for a feast of fresh new sounds.

Need to know

Price: £18

Running time: 1 hour

Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

No trains between Heworth and South Gosforth Saturday 16 March

On Saturday 16 March, no trains will run between Heworth and South Gosforth while track junction renewal work takes place in Metro tunnels under Newcastle city centre. Find out more.

What you'll hear

Henry Purcell Timon of Athens: Curtain Music on a Ground
Barbara Strozzi (arr. Richard Birchall) Che si può fare
Héloïse Werner Like Words
Felix Mendelssohn Song Without Words (No. 1, Book 1)
Héloïse Werner Outside phrases
Jessie Montgomery Breakaway: Songbird
Nina Simone Black is the colour of my true love’s hair
Karlheinz Stockhausen Awake
Liza Bec Space Dinosaur Music
Héloïse Werner Wander (new commission with RNS Moves)
Héloïse Werner Unspecified Intentions

Who's playing it

Tristan Gurney violin
Sarah Roberts violin
Malcolm Critten viola
Daniel Hammersley cello
Sian Hicks double bass
James Risdon recorder
Liza Bec roborecorder
Jessica Lee clarinet
Steph West harp
Rachel Starritt piano
Clarence Adoo headspace
Héloïse Werner vocals

What's happening in the music?

We’ve got the world premiere of a brand new commission by Héloïse Werner for RNS Moves, which she’ll perform with them. Wander is an imagined walk through the noises of a city, with the listener’s focus being drawn to a variety of different buskers as we go, with a mixture of field recordings triggered electronically and solo parts played live by the players.

Also on the bill is a piece by RNS Moves’ very own Liza Bec, a work from experimental-electronic legend Karlheinz Stockhausen and a song by Italian baroque composer Barbara Strozzi brought right into the 21st century.

Take a listen

Héloïse Werner is blazing a bright trail for modern, experimental music. Here she is performing Unspecified Intentions live in session for the Barbican. Isn’t her voice amazing?

CoMA Festival Workshops

Sunday 17 March | 10am – 5.30pm

Interested in exploring some new music, working with inspiring musicians and meeting fellow local music lovers? Enjoy a playful day of music-making as part of Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2024.

Take part in workshops with Héloïse Werner and James Weeks, then perform what you’ve created.

Make it a full day of brilliant contemporary music with a workshop ticket and a concert ticket for just £25. Book your spot.

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