WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING / Commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial 2014 World Premiere Performance September 5th 2014 at Liverpool Cathedral Michael Nyman Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial.
Tribute to the 96 fans of Liverpool Football Club who, after travelling to see their team play at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, tragically lost their lives in 1989 and, following decades of UK Governmental and Police cover-up, justice has only recently been served. Nyman's emotionally charged opening movement respectfully sets the names of the 96 victims to music. This powerful opening section, ‘The Singing of the Names’, is elegantly performed by the Liverpool born mezzo-soprano Kathyrn Rudge.
The names of the 96 are included within the booklet notes along with Michael’s own thoughts written especially for this album release. Josep Vicent conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra who perform alongside the Liverpool Youth and Training Choirs. “unspoken, unplayed, unsung, beneath the surface of this Symphony is the history of family pain and my personal anger with the corruption of the Thatcher government and her duplicitous police force.” Michael Nyman © 2014 Testimonies from the World premiere performance Jill Thompson "It was truly moving and incredibly powerful... thank you" Bryan Shearer "An experience we will never forget." Ray Wood "a fitting tribute to the 96...full of reverence and hope." Jane Hughes "a magnificent tribute – so very beautiful. The sections with the soloist and children’s choirs were particularly moving and I know that I was not the only one brought to tears by the whole experience."