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Spinal Chords now available to download

Wed 2 May 2012

Spinal Chords download

Our performance of Sally Beamish’s Spinal Chords, commissioned by the OAE for the New Music 20×12 initiative, has now been released on the NMC label and is available to download.

Recorded at its world premiere at Southampton’s Turner Sims concert hall, the performance features Juliet Stevenson narrating the text by writer Melanie Reid. You can find out more about the piece here.

Visit the NMC website for more information and to download the piece, which is available as an MP3 for 79p (FLAC 89p)

Spinal Chords is part of New Music 20×12, supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.


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Spinal Chords on the radio

Fri 20 Apr 2012

This Saturday there’s a chance to hear our performance of Sally Beamish’s new work Spinal Chords again, when it is broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme. The piece was recorded at it’s Queen Elizabeth Hall performance with narrator Juliet Stevenson reading Melanie Reids’s words and is one of the PRS for Music 20×12 comissions.

Hear and Now goes out tomorrow, 21 April, at 10.45pm on BBC Radio 3. It’s not often that the OAE is featured on a new music programme!

Find out more about Sally Beamish’s Spinal Chords

Pictured: Sally Beamish and Juliet Stevenson in rehearsal with us.

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Spinal Chords in pictures

Tue 27 Mar 2012

Last month we gave the world premiere performances of Sally Beamish’s Spinal Chords, one of the PRS for Music 20×12 comissions for the Olympic year. The music is set to text by Melanie Reid, and was for these first performances, narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Here are a few pictures from the rehearsal and London performance. All pictures by Joe Plommer.


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