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Jarvis Cocker hosts final concert in BBC Concert Orchestra series dedicated to exploring electronic instruments and music

The BBC Concert Orchestra's groundbreaking exploration of electric instruments concludes on 9 June as Jarvis Cocker returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall to host Electronica III. Classical music once more meets electronica in the last of the three-part series delving into the evolution of electric instruments and futuristic influences on modern music. The performance is recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 3 July.

Jarvis Cocker not only presents the concert but takes to the stage to reveal a brand new arrangement of Pulp classic This Is Hardcore by Anne Dudley.

Andrew Poppy's Revolution No.8: Airport For Joseph Beuys uses tape delay to scatter the sounds of the orchestra to the outer limits of the concert hall, while New York composer Nico Muhly's electronic manipulations evoke celestial clouds and telescopic, foraging insects in his concerto for electric six-string violin and orchestra, Seeing Is Believing.

Patrick Nunn connects an electric cello and orchestra to live electronics that transform instrumental music into shimmering soundscapes in Fata Morgana as well putting an acoustic-twist on Aphex Twin's Nannou.

The concert also includes Edward Williams's Suite from Life On Earth, conceived for David Attenborough's Life On Earth and featuring the ground-breaking SOUNDBEAM, as well as Graham Fitkin's KI, and music from South American composers Eduardo Miranda and Javier Álvarez.

The BBC Concert Orchestra's Electronica series began in October 2010 with a concert featuring early electronic instruments such as Moogs, theramins and ondes martnots, before Electronica II presented Piccard In Space, the electronica-inspired debut opera from Goldfrapp's Will Gregory.

Electronica III concludes the futuristic trilogy, finally immersing itself fully in the world of the electric – no longer are the futuristic influences a quirky aside, but as much a part of the music as anything else.

Notes to Editors

Electronic III programme includes:

  • Graham Fitkin K1
  • Pulp arr. Anne Dudley This Is Hard Core
  • Javier Álvarez Overture & Pyramid
  • Nico Muhly Seeing Is Believing
  • Patrick Nunn Fata Morgana for electric cello, orchestra & live electronics
  • Aphex Twin arr. Patrick Nunn Nannou
  • Eduardo Miranda Sacra Conversazione
  • Andrew Poppy Revolution No 8: Airport For Joseph Beuys
  • Edward Williams Suite from Life On Earth

BBC Concert Orchestra

The BBC Concert Orchestra is one of the country's most versatile ensembles. For more than half a century it's been the house orchestra for BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night, and gives regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Its work can be heard on soundtracks to many BBC TV programmes including The Blue Planet and Walking With Dinosaurs.

The orchestra is a regular at the BBC Proms and Proms in the Park, and has worked with artists Dame Shirley Bassey, Maxim Vengerov, Kavita Krishnamurti, Pet Shop Boys, Jonny Greenwood, Nigel Kennedy, Bryn Terfel, and Burt Bacharach.

For more information about the BBC Concert Orchestra visit

Jarvis Cocker

Pulp front man and solo artist Jarvis Cocker presents Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service, Sunday 4.00-6.00pm, on BBC Radio 6 Music.


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