News: Minute of Listening comes to Hull!

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Sound and Music in partnership with PRS for Music Foundation

We are delighted to announce a special Minute of Listening sound collection for the New Music Biennial, developed in partnership with PRS for Music Foundation and as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

To mark the beginning and end of the New Music Biennial, we are putting together two sound collections that explore and champion an eclectic mix of Hull sounds - from regional artists and locally sourced music to music written by New Music Biennial composers.

Made available to all primary schools in Hull free of charge, these soundpacksare the first collections of their kind, celebrating the breadth and innovation of contemporary music and sound as well as more familiar pieces. 

Find out more about the New Music Biennial announcement here.

The first pack is available now and features locally sourced sounds, from field recordings of Scale Lane Bridge and periwinkles in Thornwick Bay, Yorkshire, to pieces composed by local Jez riley French and Phil Codd as well as pieces by John Coltrane, Björk and New Music Biennial composers Anna Meredith and Mica Levi

The second pack will feature brand new commissions created for the New Music Biennial 2017, that will premiere in Hull at a free festival weekend in July 2017, as well as music created by local schools and community groups as a result of working with the New Music Biennial composers-in-residence Errollyn Wallen, Brian Irvine, Eliza Carthy, Jason Singh and Sam Lee. 

Minute of Listening is currently being trialled by a group of schools in Hull including Bricknell, Bude Park, Priory, Collingwood and St Vincents Academy and will be available to all 70 schools from the 18th October. Sound and Music is also offering free CPD sessions for any Hull primary teacher who is interested in using Minute of Listening creatively.

The New Music Biennial Minute of Listening will be officially launched on 18th October 2016 and is available to schools now on request. Please contact: to get your copy or to find out more about the CPD sessions. It is generously supported by PRS Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. 


Alex Richardson, Science Co-ordinator, Bude Park Primary School, Hull said: "It's very rare during the school day to have a minute where we stop; for pupils to have a minute of quiet time to themselves is quite unusual.  We've been using Minute of Listening every day after lunchtime. We've found this to be a really beneficial time for the children.I can see how Minute of Listening can be used in other ways; it can be used in lesson support because the sounds are so varied, so if you were doing a geography topic or a particular book in literacy, you might be able to have a sound that links with that.  It's a way of firing their imaginations!"

Judith Robinson, Creative Project Leader (Education) at Sound and Music said: “I am very excited to be working on these bespoke editions of Minute of Listening.  It has been a privilege to visit our "early adopter" primary schools in Hull and see the enthusiasm and creativity with which they have used Minute of Listening, and to hear first hand from the children what they think about the music and sounds they have been listening to.  I am looking forward to the roll out of Minute of Listening to every primary school in Hull, and to meeting the teachers at our CPD sessions!”

Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive of PRS for Music Foundation said: “This special edition of Minute of Listening is a fantastic opportunity for primary school children in Hull to explore new music, get creative and make their own sounds as part of our New Music Biennial which features in next year's city of culture celebrations. I hope this daily learning activity inspires lots of young people to take part in the live performances and encounters planned for 2017 which feature many of the composers who've contributed minutes of music to this project."

About New Music Biennial

PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial is an exciting and free new music festival which forms part of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, presenting 20 pieces of new music across two festival weekends in Hull (30th June – 2nd July 2017) and at London’s Southbank Centre (7th – 9th July 2017). The New Music Biennial will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial and residency programme is generously supported by Hull UK City of Culture, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, BBC Radio 3, Southbank Centre, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Cockayne, The John S Cohen Foundation, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Finzi Trust, RVW Trust, The Bliss Trust and NMC Recordings. 

About PRS for Music Foundation

PRS for Music Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £23.6 million to over 5,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas. 

Delivered in partnership with PRS Foundation 


PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial has been made possible by

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Part of Hull City of Culture 2017

With special thanks to BBC Radio 3 

Minute of Listening soundpacks 

Find out more about how to buy the general Minute of Listening soundpacks here


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