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Nitin Sawhney's BREXIT - a rational anthem for a national tantrum to premiere at Barbican

Nitin Sawhney

Story by Jack Foley

THE premiere of Nitin Sawhney’s BREXIT – A rational anthem for a national tantrum, reflects the highs and lows of ‘Brexit Britain’.

The commission is composed and performed by Nitin Sawhney, members of his band, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) and London Community Voices, conducted by Jonathon Heyward.

The event takes place at the Barbican on Saturday, February 23, 2019, and is presented with Sky Arts as part of Barbican OpenFest: Art 50.

In this new commission British Indian musician and composer of recent Netflix hit, Mowgli, Sawhney considers the state of the nation, focusing on its modern-day elements of multi-culturalism, diversity and people.

Using his findings from a tour of UK towns and cities, Sawhney will showcase a new ‘anthem’ that he has devised to look away from the past and truly reflect our current society – both in its lyrics and music. Sawhney decided that the piece would be brought to life by the teenage musicians of the NYO – who represent those who will shape the society of tomorrow.

The performance will also feature material from Nitin Sawhney’s back catalogue of 11 solo studio albums.

Barbican OpenFest: Art 50 on Saturday, February 23 is a day of free activities showcasing works created as part of Art 50, a collaboration between Sky Arts, the Barbican, Sage Gateshead and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Visit the Barbican website to find out more.

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