In this world premiere Matthew Herbert is joined by 12 orchestral musicians as they breathe life into The Horse.
Maverick musician Matthew Herbert’s experimental new work, The Horse, uses an entire horse’s skeleton to create music – from flutes crafted from thigh bones to bows fashioned out of the hair and strings made from sinew. Partnering with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Herbert has created a piece of work that knows no bounds.
Throughout The Horse, Herbert races through history and draws references to ancient cave paintings from Spain and to Emily Wilding Davidson’s fatal injury at Epsom in 1913. Described by The New York Times as being ‘obsessed with the possibilities of using found sounds’, Herbert’s latest album embodies this description to the fullest.
He brings to the International Festival the world premiere of this performance, with 12 orchestral musicians chosen specifically for this production.
he’s [a] master of the imaginative musical art happening
The Arts Desk