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Born in Yorkshire Gavin Bryars has been described as a composer ‘who falls under no category’ and since 2006 he has been collaborating with Opera North on numerous projects. For this commission Bryars will use the inspiration of the Holderness/Spurn Head landscape, and at the same time the life and poetry of Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), the metaphysical poet who was born and raised in the Holderness region. When a young man of just 19, Marvell may have witnessed his father drowning as he tried to cross the Humber.

This 15-minute piece will be performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

The Stopping Train

Gavin Bryars and poet Blake Morrison’s piece The Stopping Train combines Bryars’ composition with Morrison’s words, in a unique audio experience designed specifically for the train journey between Goole and Hull. We’re delighted to offer a free audio download of this piece, available from 1 May – 1 July. Listen to the piece below, download the audio, take the journey and discover more about the work at sonicjourneys.co.uk.


60 Ferensway
01482 318800

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