Joy Division’s legendary bassist Peter Hook is set to revisit the band’s post punk repertoire with Manchester Camerata for a special date at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday 5th July 2019.
Celebrating one of the most influential bands ever, “Peter Hook & Manchester Camerata Present Joy Division Orchestrated” sets the group’s famous works in an immersive show that recognises their role in shaping popular culture and the esteem in which they are held.
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Curated by Peter Hook who acts as Executive Producer for the project alongside Musical Director Tim Crooks, the concert will be the first time that an original member of the group has participated in such a project and the duo are presently arranging the band’s decisive back catalogue for the concert.
The event pairs up musically the elements of post punk that characterised Joy Division’s ground-breaking sound to a full orchestra and will pay homage to the band and the spirit which defines their heritage.
Given the band’s iconic legacy as one of the most seminal groups in music history, the arrangements of classic Joy Division will be presented in a state-of-the-art concert setting with the highest standards of production.
As a band tragically ended just on the eve of their first American tour in May 1980, Joy Division’s influence has grown remarkably since and remains ever present, with fans of all generations and the many contemporary bands who have taken on the template of the band’s sound in the modern era.
Across their two LPs and singles, all produced by Martin Hannett for Factory Records, the band’s landmark tracks are to be featured in “Peter Hook & Manchester Camerata Present Joy Division Orchestrated”, including from the band’s debut album, considered by many the finest debut release by any group. Meanwhile its follow up is described as a “start to finish masterpiece” (Pitchfork) and their singles are regularly lauded as some of the greatest ever to hit vinyl.
Bound to be a hugely evocative event, “Peter Hook & Manchester Camerata Present Joy Division Orchestrated” comes to London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday 5th July 2019.
About the first Orchestrated concert Peter Hook commented;
“In my recent work with orchestras, I realised that my first group could also lend itself to this. Post punk is already dramatic and this will accentuate that and take it to another performing and emotional level. “
“I’ve been very impressed with how our arranger Tim Crooks works and I know the band’s canon will be treated with great reverence and care, enthusiasm and passion as the originals were. I am positive everyone involved will create something very special.”
Tim Crooks added “To be given the opportunity to present the music of Joy Division with Hooky and the wildly experimental Manchester Camerata is a great honour. The process for me involves peering through the veil of history to create an immersive experience that retains the anarchic, raw spirit of the originals. Modern life is rubbish. This is analogue, unfettered and live.”
Meanwhile, Manchester Camerata’s CEO, Bob Riley rounded off; “The holy grail for an orchestra is to envelop an audience in sounds that spark your imagination in a way that nothing else can. Working alongside Tim, Hooky and the visceral energy and iconic sounds of Joy Division will do this in a unique way, and as an orchestra, we can’t wait!”
Tickets for the event go on sale on Friday