BREAKING NEWS: The xx to perform with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Spa, Bridlington

The xx will be playing at Bridlington Spa.''Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The xx will be playing at Bridlington Spa.''Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

MERCURY prize winners the xx are to perform with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Spa Bridlington next month.

The xx have been commissioned to write an original work for the show, on September 19, as part of the BBC Philharmonic Presents Festival.

The concert will feature brand new material for the band and orchestra created with composer Alex Baranowski, who has previously worked on the National Theatre’s productions Hamlet and Frankenstein.

He said the new work would be “a mixture of arrangements of songs” from The xx’s first two albums, “along with some new orchestral material”.

Other shows in the special concert series, taking place across the North of England, feature Richard Hawley, who will be peforming his songs with an orchestra for the first time, and the music of Miles Davis and the James Bond films.

All of the concerts are free and are taking place in venues across the North of England, as well as in the BBC Philharmonic Studio at the corporation’s new Media City buildings in Salford.

The festival aims to repeat the success of last year’s concert series, which saw the Philharmonic perform a “dubstep symphony” with dance act Nero.

Broadcast on Radio 1, the 18-minute work saw the 90-piece orchestra accompanied by dark beats and synth lines, courtesy of two producers with a drum machine and a laptop.

Among the audience were pop group The Pet Shop Boys and dubstep artists Chase and Status.

Tickets will be distributed via public ballot, through the BBC tickets website, and for more details keep checking back with the Free Press.

Picture by Yui Mok/PA Wire.