Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial by Michael Nyman

5th July, Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Biennial, in partnership with Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool Cathedral, will present a new, specially composed work by Michael Nyman, which will be performed at Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 5 July, the opening weekend of Liverpool Biennial 2014. The work is supported by Liverpool City Council as one of the major new arts commissions for the Liverpool International Festival for Business.

Michael Nyman's Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial, will be performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Liverpool-born mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Training Choirs, conducted by Josep Vicent.

Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial represents the culmination of Michael Nyman's thinking around the tragedies connected with Liverpool Football Club. 25 years after the Hillsborough tragedy, he says that he hopes it will make a small but significant contribution to the healing process still necessary for the families of the lost fans.

Symphony No. 11 also restores the work known as Hillsborough Memorial to its original 1985 context (having subsequently become well-known in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover). In this new version for voice and orchestra, Kathryn Rudge will sing the names of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives, accompanied by music Nyman was recording on the afternoon of the Hillsborough tragedy. 

Michael Nyman's Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial, will be performed at Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 5 July at 7.30pm. To book tickets for this performance, visit 

In addition to the live performance of Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial a recording of the symphonywill be played in Liverpool Cathedral at 15:06 on the following days:

Wednesday 9 July
Wednesday 23 July
Wednesday 6 August
Monday 25 August
Wednesday 3 September
Wednesday 17 September