The Miners’ Hymns to be performed by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra

We are excited to announce the first performance of The Miners' Hymns with a full orchestra will take place during Iceland Airwaves Festival in November. The work, a first time collaboration by renowned American filmmaker Bill Morrison and acclaimed Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, is a homage in film and music to the coal mining history of North East England. Using rarely seen archive film footage spanning 100 years, it depicts the ill-fated mining communities, the increasing mechanization of the pits and the extraordinary annual Durham Miners' Gala. The soundtrack draws on the brass music heritage of the northeast of England, a tradition stretching back almost 200 years and still very much alive today. Jóhann Jóhannsson has created a brand new orchestration of the piece especially for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, which will be conducted by Guni Franzson. "A lost industrial past stirs in an unforgettable live concert performance of Jóhann Jóhannsson's score with Bill Morrison's film."- Fiona Maddocks, Observer "Elegant, elegiac... enthralling." -The New York Times