Bluedot festival has revealed its first headliner for 2023, with Max Richter bringing VOICES and Recomposed to the Thursday Opening Concert at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.
The prodigious composer and producer will perform an exclusive orchestral collaboration beneath the Lovell Telescope to open the festival. Thursday opening concert tickets will be available as a standalone ticket or an add-on to weekend tickets from 10am, Friday 11 November at discoverthbluedot.com.
MAX RICHTER: VOICES AND RECOMPOSED Thursday 20 July · bluedot · Jodrell Bank
VOICES is a 56-minute orchestral and reimagining of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, using readings in dozens of languages atop an aural landscape of orchestra, choir, electronics, solo soprano, solo violin and solo piano. The orchestra is a radically reimagined ensemble called a “negative orchestra”; as the world has been turned upside down, so have the proportions of this orchestra, using basses and cellos for an arresting and impactful live experience.
Richter released Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, featuring violinist Daniel Hope and the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin symphony orchestra conducted by André de Ridder, in 2012 and topped the classical chart in 22 countries. Despite discarding 3/4ths of Vivaldi’s original material in his Recomposition of The Four Seasons, Max Richter considered the Italian composer’s musical DNA as omni-present in the reworking of the material, and the album won the prestigious ECHO Classic Award.
Richter’s work has resulted in numerous accolades, with his 2004 album The Blue Notebooks chosen by The Guardian as one of the best Classical works of the century. Richter has also written prolifically for film and television, including Taboo – gaining him an Emmy nomination – and the Oscar-winning Arrival by Denis Villeneuve. His latest recorded project, The New Four Seasons, was released in 2022 marking ten years of his Vivaldi Recomposed project, re-recording the piece with period instruments.
bluedot 2023 is the sixth chapter of the unique music, science and space festival. Past headline performers have included New Order, The Chemical Brothers, Mogwai, Groove Armada, Kraftwerk and Jean-Michel Jarre. On the science side, there have been talks by Tim Peake, Brian Cox, Helen Sharman and Richard Dawkins.
Weekend tickets for bluedot 2023 are on sale now from discoverthebluedot.com, starting from just £20 deposit.