#NewMusicMonday: Anna Meredith

Goosebumps, tingles and sheer awe: my reaction to today’s featured musical presentation.

Let’s get this out of the way: you’ve never seen anything quite like this before. Unless you’ve already seen this extraordinary performance.

Meet Anna Meredith, composer and performer. As the composer in residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Anna’s usual creations are her own unique blend of electronic or acoustic music.

The piece performed here, however, was written for and performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2012. Although this is an orchestra, not a single instrument plays. Instead, every member of the orchestra rises to their feet and sways, rocks, stomps and claps, perfecting the art of body percussion. The choreography designed for the piece fits perfectly, and adds a beautiful visual element to this undulating cascade of sound.

A phenomenal work, followed by a much-deserved standing ovation. And can you believe the orchestra performed the piece from memory? Enough gushing. Let’s hear it already.

It’s a longer piece so if you only have a moment, just listen for the first few seconds. That should convince you to either stay or flag it for later viewing.

Enjoy.

Want to hear more of Anna’s work? Listen here.

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