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A Day in the Life

Orchestra of Opera North
Andy Long (solo violin)
Rob Guy (conductor)

Kevin Malone – A Peterloo Parade – overture for orchestra
Kevin Malone – My Mill Life – solo violin and recorded textile mill workers
Kevin Malone – A Day in the Life – concerto for violin and orchestra

A unique musical experience for audiences, “A Day in the Life” is the brainchild of Andy Long, Associate Leader of The Orchestra of Opera North, and Kevin Malone, composer at Manchester University. World premieres of three pieces is their gift back to the dozens of members from textile communities in Leeds and Bradford who contributed their stories to help make this music possible.

A Peterloo Parade is a witty, playful overture composed from current and historical rally cries in the UK and USA mixed with the songs sung just before the 1819 Manchester massacre known as “Peterloo”.

My Mill Life is for solo violin and recorded monologues by current and former mill workers in Leeds and Bradford. The violin and voices mimic each other and the sounds of their mills in a light-hearted mash-up, juke-box style.

A Day in the Life for violin and orchestra tells the hour-by-hour struggle in a typical day of a 19C indentured child worker – the real Oliver Twist – in Northern textile mills.

Andy Long has previously recorded Malone’s Eighteen Minutes which was chosen by Naxos as a Top 20 Must-Listen work in September 2016 out of their catalogue of 2 million tracks.

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds

Tickets: £10 – advance
£12 – on the door
Free – students and under 16s




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