The Miners' Hymns: Jóhann Jóhannsson's live performance at the Barbican




Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson will perform his score live to the film The Miners' Hymns by American artist-filmmaker Bill Morrison at the Barbican on Sunday 9 March 2014.

The former coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of the The Miners' Hymns. Using rarely-seen footage spanning over 100 years from the British Film Institute, the BBC and other archives, The Miners' Hymns celebrates the social, cultural and political aspects of the mining industry. Focusing on the Durham coalfield, it depicts the hardship of pit work, increasing mechanisation, the role of trade unions in organising and fighting for workers' rights, and the annual Miners' Gala in Durham.

Jóhann Jóhannsson's score for the film draws upon the brass music heritage of the North East, a tradition stretching back almost 200 years. Each colliery had its own brass band, comprised of miners, which played at social and union events. Jóhann will be joined by conducter Guðni Franzson and the score is performed by the Iskra String Quartet  and an 18-piece brass ensemble comprising musicians from the Durham-based NASUWT Riverside Band.  The event coincides with the 30th anniversay of the 1984-5 miners' strike. 

After the event, guests are invited to a post performance discussion with Jóhannsson and Morrison.

Produced by the Barbican and Forma.

The Miners' Hymns - Sunday 9 March at 19:30
Barbican Hall
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: £15-£17.50 plus booking fee.
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