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.

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