Frank Turner will perform a special online set for a Liverpool venue, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley with the news this week as LYR release their debut video.
Liverpool record label Yano Da! has launched a new campaign to raise money for The Anthony Walker Foundation as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In response to the death of George Floyd in America, BBC Radio 1 Presenter Clara Amfo stated:
“You can’t enjoy the rhythm and ignore the blues.”
That statement has formed the focal point for a new t-shirt released by the label.
The label said: “Our label would never have been conceptualised let alone created if it were not for our shared love of music of all genres; most notably Rock and Roll, a cultural force so heavily entrenched in rhythm and blues and Black music and culture.
“Pioneers like ‘The Architect’ Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Robert Johnson to name a few, have shaped the tastes and permeations of the genre since the beginning and long will such icons continue to do so. Without their efforts and the sacrfices of black artists we would not share and enjoy the fruits of this diverse and wonderful musical landscape that we find ourselves within today.”
The Anthony Walker Foundation is a local Liverpool charity that aims to: “promote racial harmony through education, sport and the arts, promoting the celebration of diversity and personal integrity and the realisation of potential of all young people.”
Artists on Yano Da! currently include The Jagz and Rhine Valley.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that Domingo Hindoyan as its Chief Conductor from September 2021.
Announced earlier this week, Domingo Hindoyan will build on the legacy of Vasily Petrenko who steps down after 15 years and who will then assume the role of Conductor Laureate.
Domingo Hindoyan commented: “Since the very first time I worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, I encountered an amazing group of musicians whose warm personalities and passion for music shone through. This Orchestra is a great collective force formed by brilliant individuals.
“What excited me was not only the Orchestra but the vibrant city of Liverpool and its historic connection with music and sports. An orchestra is a fundamental ambassador for the arts, and together our priorities will be to preserve the great heritage of the music we perform, welcome audiences with unprecedented sounds, and build the future for new generations with fruitful educational projects.”
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic commented: “We’re delighted to announce Domingo Hindoyan as the new Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; a brilliant conductor with a passion for music and its role in a city such as Liverpool. Domingo takes over from Vasily Petrenko who has led the Orchestra over the last 15 years.
“I’d like to thank Vasily, and look forward to his final season and welcoming him back as Conductor Laureate from September 2021.
“Although right now we face challenging times we are excited about the future with Domingo at the helm. Under his leadership, we look forward to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir exciting and inspiring our audiences in the years to come.”
In live music this week, Frank Turner will perform a special online set via YouTube and Facebook in aid of Liverpool venue Phase One.
The venue is one of the many independent venues identified by the Music Venue Trust‘s #SaveOurVenues campaign and the Independent Venue Love gig will aim to raise money to ensure the survival of what is now one of the city’s key venues.
Frank Turner will also be a very special guest on Monday, 15 June’s edition of Getintothis LIVE.
Knowsley will be the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture in 2022, and the area has called out for ideas and interest as it begins to play for the year-long celebration.
The strands of the events in 2022 will include:
- Every schoolchild will tell their story
- Every town and village will tell their story
- Businesses will share their stories
- Creatives and makers will tell their stories
The region has asked for creative ideas and expressions of interest for events throughout the year, particularly those who would like to develop ideas for the Towns and Villages aspect, where each town and village will stage an event to celebrate their story in imaginative, magical and celebratory ways.
Knowsley’s towns and villages include Kirkby, Huyton and Stockbridge Village, Halewood, Prescot, Knowsley Village, Cronton and Whiston.
Elsewhere this week, the Freelands Foundation has announced that it has now committed a total of £3m in emergency funds to support artists and freelance creative practitioners in urgent need of financial support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic across the four nations of the UK.
The Foundation has partnered with a-n The Artists Information Company to set up a new £1.5m Emergency Fund, Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund, for artists and freelancers in the visual arts sector living in England and Northern Ireland.
Open now, the new fund will support grants of £1,500 to £2,500 per person, assessed by need, with £1 million going to those living in England and £500k to those in Northern Ireland.
Jayne Knight, Chair of a-n Board, said: “We know that getting money to artists is the most useful, practical action that a-n can take during this challenging period. We are proud that Freelands Foundation has chosen a-n to distribute their hardship funds to the visual arts.”
Applications are open until Thursday 18 May.
Our new track this week comes from LYR, the musical project comprised of musician Richard Walters, producer and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Pearson and current UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.
They have this week released the official music video for their new single Great Coat, out now on Mercury KX.
Lockdown listeners of BBC 6 Music will have heard the track which sees a fictional character recall memories of a difficult family relationship.
The track is the fourth single taken from their upcoming debut album, Call in the Crash Team, out on 26 June.