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Jane Harbour new commission for the BBC Concert Orchestra + Spiro Live on BBC Radio 3

Jane at WOMAD 2015, by York Tillyer.

BBC Concert Orchestra will premiere a new BBC Radio 3 commission by Jane Harbour on Friday 31 March at a special concert at Cecil Sharp House marking the BBC’s longstanding relationship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

The BBC Concert Orchestra presents an evening that places some of the great folk-influenced works of the 20th Century alongside a brand new commission from Jane entitled Kynde.

Spiro will also play a live set to opening the proceedings.

Tickets for the evening are available here and the whole evening – including Spiro’s performance – will be broadcast live on Friday 31 March on BBC Radio 3, from 7.30pm. Listen Here

Kynde, is a piece about connection; about connections to one another, ourselves, lost loved ones, ancestors, folklore, and how we connect ideas to find new meaning in old stories. Performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers, and conducted by Martin Yates, it continues the personal journey of the notorious folk figure Barbara Allen, who spurned her dying admirer, but now has to confront her feelings.

In the piece Jane uses systems music to convey Barbara’s confused, fractured thoughts and her longing for re-connection and clarity.

Throughout the piece, Barbara’s internal world, represented by the live singers, vies with the overt narrative, told by recordings of traditional singers from the Peter Kennedy archive. The source material for his 1950s BBC Radio show As I Roved Out, his recordings form the springboard for this piece.

As well as featuring a live performance by Spiro, the evening will also include a performance by piano soloist Victor Sangiorgio.

 

Photo: Jane at WOMAD 2015, by York Tillyer.

Thank You!

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Thanks to everyone who came to see us live this year and a special mention to everyone who came to see us on Sunday at St George’s in Bristol, to celebrate the release of Repeater. A special evening for us all.

See you in 2017.

Spiro at St George’s, Bristol

Sunfest

On Sunday 4 December we will be celebrating the release of our first ever vinyl album Repeater with a special gig at St George’s in Bristol.

Support comes in the shape of Melodeon super hero Andy Cutting.

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Copies of Repeater will be available on the night.

The album contains tracks, chosen by us, from our four albums for Real World Records: Pole Star (1997), Lightbox (2009) Kaleidophonica (2012) and Welcome and Joy Welcome Sorrow (2015).

Read more about Repeater

Live video from King’s Place

Here’s a new video of us filmedĀ live at King’s Place in London on 28 April 2016 performing two songs from theĀ album ‘Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow’.

Watch it here

Thought Fox | I Am The Blaze

 

Repeater released today

Repeater, a new anthology of Spiro‘s music is released today.

Repeater

The album features tracks especially selected by the band from all four of our Real World albums Pole Star (1997), Lightbox (2009), Kaleidophonica (2012) and Welcome Joy And Welcome Sorrow (2015).

Added to which it’s our first ever release on vinyl!

As well as the LP version, Repeater is also available digitally.

Buy Repeater on LP
Download Repeater on iTunes

The band will be celebrating the release of Repeater with a very special live show at St. George’s in Bristol on 4 December. Tickets available here.