PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019 FAQs

What is PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial?

The New Music Biennial is a free festival made up of 20 bite-size pieces of new music from composers across the UK. The pieces will be performed across two weekends, at London’s Southbank Centre (5-7 July) and across a range of venues in Hull (12-14 July). Pieces will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available for download from NMC recordings via the Absolutely Cultured website.

The New Music Biennial provides a unique pop-up and accessible way for audiences to discover new music by presenting newly commissioned pieces, each 15 minutes long, followed by Q&A sessions with the artist themselves.

When does The New Music Biennial take place?

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2019.

Where is the New Music Biennial taking place?

In a range of venues across Hull, including traditional music venues and some unconventional or outdoor spaces:

The Guildhall, 77 Lowgate, Hull HU1 2AA
Hull Central Library, Albion St, Hull HU1 3TF
University Chapel, Middleton Hall, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX
Fruit, Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU
Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8LB
Humber Street Gallery, 64 Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU
Nelson St Pier, Hull HU1 1XE
Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Ln, Hull HU1 3RQ

On Saturday 13 July, there will be a number of free, pop-up music events happening across the city centre:

Humber Street, HU1 1TU
Princess Quay Shopping Centre, Princes Dock St, Hull HU1 2PQ
Trinity Market, Trinity House Lane, HU1 2JH
Hull Paragon Interchange, 184 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UT
Albemarle Music Hub, 60 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8LN

Do I need a ticket?

All New Music Biennial events are free but you do require a ticket for most. Events are individually ticketed so you must obtain a ticket for each separate event you wish to attend.
Tickets are available from 7th June via the Absolutely Cultured website or Hull Truck Box Office.

What happens once I’ve registered for tickets?

You won’t receive a physical ticket for PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial events, instead you will receive an e-ticket.

There is one ticket for each member of your party. In an effort to reduce paper waste we encourage you to download and show the ticket/s on your mobile device. If you are unable to do so please print off a copy of each ticket and show it at the venue to be scanned.

If you do not have access to a printer, or mobile phone, you can pop into the Hull Truck Theatre Box Office where staff will be happy to print a copy off for you. This service is only available during Hull Truck Theatre’s Box Office opening hours; Mon – Sat, 10am – 5.30pm (open later on show nights). Alternatively, we charge £1 for printing and postage of e-tickets.

Please note, this event is free but ticketed. Tickets do not guarantee entry and admission is on a first-come-first-served basis for those with tickets. Please ensure you arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

On the door tickets

Tickets are available to from Hull Truck Theatre up until 2hrs before the event. Please bear in mind that if you are not able to receive e-tickets, on a mobile device, the theatre does not open until 10am for you to collect physical printed tickets.

After this time, if the event is not sold out, you may be able to obtain tickets on the door of the event venue. To check availability please contact, follow Absolutely Cultured on social media or ask one of our friendly volunteers at each venue.

Getting between venues

Many of the New Music Biennial shows are scheduled back-to-back but happen in different venues across the city centre. Enough time has been left between performances for you to walk between venues (an average of 10 minutes) and a map including addresses of all venues is available on the back of the New Music Biennial brochure or online at

No transport is provided between most venues. If you require support or directions, please speak to a volunteer on the day.

Free coach transport is available between the Claire M Singer performance at the University of Hull and the Arun Ghosh performance at Nelson Street Pier on Sunday 14 July. A place on the coach will be automatically reserved for all ticket holders attending both events.

Are events seated or standing? Do I get a reserved seat?

Some New Music Biennial events are standing, some are seated, and some are mixed. Further information about this can be found on individual event pages on the Absolutely Cultured website.

All seats are unreserved and we encourage you not to leave any gaps.

Will there be food and drink available to buy at the events?

The New Music Biennial events happen across a range of venues and all offer different refreshment provisions, as below:
Hull City Hall – Paid bar available
Hull Truck Theatre – Paid bar and food from Shoot The Bull available
Fruit – Paid bar available
Hull Central Library – Paid bar and snacks available during Library Café opening hours
Humber Street Gallery – Paid bar available
Nelson St Pier – No food or drink available
The Guildhall – No food or drink available
University Chapel – Paid bar and snacks available 


On Saturday 13 July, a number of performances have been selected for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing that include more visual elements such as dance and film. A number of the Q&A sessions for these events will also be translated by a BSL interpreter.

For further information, including accessibility information for individual venues, please read our access guide here.

Alternatively, you can speak to Roisha at Absolutely Cultured by emailing or phoning 01482 318 912