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UK entry for The New Shakespeare Songbook

UK entry for The New Shakespeare Songbook

The BBC have commissioned Matthew to write the UK entry for the European Broadcasting Union’s ‘New Shakespeare Songbook’ which has been created as part of the 400 year Shakespeare birthday celebrations. The piece is entitled ‘Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow’ and takes the text from Act 5 of Macbeth. The piece features the vocals of...
'Chorus' installation for the Wellcome Collections new exhibition 'This Is A Voice'

‘Chorus’ installation for the Wellcome Collections new exhibition ‘This Is A Voice’

Matthew has created a new installation piece for the This Is A Voice exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. ‘Chorus’ asks visitors to sing a single note to add to a chorus of voices, forming an ever-expanding sound installation that plays in the exhibition and on the Wellcome Collection website. The exhibition runs 14 April 2016...
Edible Sound: DJ Experiment at the Science Gallery

Edible Sound: DJ Experiment at the Science Gallery

Through a series of experiments, Herbert has created audio recordings of ingredients widely-used in processed food, etching them, via laser-cutting technology, onto various consumable items. The outcome is an assortment of edible records that will be played on the night. The audience will be invited to reflect on the foods that informed their creation and...
Residency at Metal, Liverpool

Residency at Metal, Liverpool

Matthew begins a week long residency at the Metal arts centre in Liverpool on 14th Dec to compose and discuss his next project ‘Nude’.  ‘Nude’ will reimagine the formal and conceptual frameworks of ‘the nude’ in art and society, exploring its contemporary aesthetic, philosophical and ethical landscapes. The week will comprise a series of dinner...
Turner Contemporary Talk

Turner Contemporary Talk

Matthew talks about his work at Turner Contemporary in Margate as part of the Oscillate event series organised in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University.   Tickets are available
The Unknown - a radio play to mark the anniversary of the reunification of Germany

The Unknown – a radio play to mark the anniversary of the reunification of Germany

The division of Germany begins and ends in the ether. Immediately after the Second World War, the Allies took over the broadcasting authority in their respective spheres of influence, but radio waves know no borders. Matthew Herbert has composed the music for a new radio play to mark the 25th anniversary of the reunification of...
The Music - an album that is a book

The Music – an album that is a book

Matthew Herbert is pleased to announce that his next record after The Shakes will in fact be a book. The book/record is called The Music. You may have heard him talking about the book in the press but finally it is ready to launch. The book is a description of a record that he will never...
David Byrne's Meltdown, Latitude and Glastonbury

David Byrne’s Meltdown, Latitude and Glastonbury

The new HERBERT Live show is part of this years Meltdown Festival curated by David Byrne. The show will be at The Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 23rd June. More information and ticket can be found here. The live show has also been booked for Latitude and Glastonbury festivals as well as the new...
Notes To The New Government with The London Sinfonietta

Notes To The New Government with The London Sinfonietta

The weekend after polling day, The London Sinfonietta perform two sets of newly commissioned songs. Co-curated by the London Sinfonietta with Matthew Herbert and the Royal Philharmonic Society, 16 composers consider the society before them – and the future they hope to influence and help create. From songs of protest to songs of hope, music has...
Premiere of new Herbert Live show at Convergence Festival

Premiere of new Herbert Live show at Convergence Festival

The show takes place on 17th March and will be a celebration of Herbert’s house music affiliations and will feature music from his forthcoming album The Shakes as well as some of his best-loved work from the bodily functions era. Singers include Ade Omotayo (Kindness, Amy Winehouse) and Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne (Hejira, Eric Lau) and the show will further...
Talk at Future Fest

Talk at Future Fest

Sat 14th March Matthew will be talking at Future Fest about the online virtual country of unlimited immigration – Country X. Future Fest features an array of thought provoking conversations and speakers this year including Edward Snowden, Vivienne Westwood, Jon Ronson and the Green’s Natalie Bennett to name but a few. More information and full...
new album as HERBERT signed to caroline international

new album as HERBERT signed to caroline international

matthew’s new album, The ShAKES under the alias HERBERT, is signed to caroline international http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/caroline-international-signs-matthew-herbert/061038