Kathryn is honoured to be performing in Composer Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial Symphony with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She will sing the names of the 96 football fans who died at Hillsborough as part of a new symphony commemorating the disaster by composer Michael Nyman.
Symphony No 11: Hillsborough Memorial will also be performed with the RLPO and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Training Choirs, conducted by Josep Vicent at the city’s Cathedral during the opening of the Liverpool Biennial on Saturday 5 July. It is based on a work Nyman – well known for film scores such as The Piano and Gattaca – wrote in 1985 and subsequently used in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover starring Helen Mirren, and is something he hopes will make ‘a small but significant contribution to the healing process still necessary for the families of lost fans.’
Talking of the tragedy, which followed Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in April 1989, Mayor Joe Anderson said: ‘We will never forget those who lost their lives at Hillsborough, or the impact it had on their bereaved families. The anger, pain and sorrow they have felt for the past 25 years is shared by everyone in Liverpool, and by thousands of others across Merseyside, across the country and around the world.
‘Memorials are a symbol of our solidarity and support for the families, and Nyman’s specially-commissioned piece of music will be a moving and unforgettable tribute.’
Kathryn, who was born in Liverpool and has supported Liverpool FC all her life.
The Liverpool Biennial’s Director, Sally Tallant has announced the programme of events for 2014. This year’s event will take place from 5 July – 26 October. One of the highlights of the opening weekend will be the concert at Liverpool Cathedral on the evening of Saturday 5 July at which the specially composed new work Symphony No 11: Hillsborough Memorial will be performed.