Orchestral manoeuvres with These New Puritans at the Barbican

THESE New Puritans perform their recent album Hidden with a 20-piece orchestra, in an attempt to realise the record’s cinematic textures and ambitious arrangements at the Barbican tonight (Saturday).

The concert sees the band working with the Britten Sinfonia to interpret the record which takes influences from the brutal hip-hop of the Wu Tang Clan, the melancholy of Benjamin Britten, the crashing rhythms of Jamaican dancehall, and the multi-layered textures of Steve Reich.

These New Puritans consists of songwriter, producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist Jack Barnett, his twin brother George on drums and loops and Thomas Hein on the laptop and percussion. Sophie Sleigh-Johnson will be re-joining the band on keyboards for the show.

Jack has said that their influences range from Wu Tang Clan to Aphex Twin; he also has a deep interest, and love for the Early Music of William Byrd as well as Shostakovich.

The Britten Sinfonia has carved out its own prestigious reputation as an artistically open-minded and technically exemplary ensemble, hungry for new works and collaborations. The orchestra will be conducted by Andr� de Ridder, who is also known as Monkey from Gorillaz).


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The concert in the Barbican Hall starts at 8pm today (Saturday). Tickets cost �15-�20 from 020 7638 8891.

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