Hollie McNish to play one-off show with The Metropole Orkest at Cadogan Hall

Posted on 10 November 2016
By Khyle Deen
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As part of the ASOS SUPPORTS TALENT programme, prize-winning British poet Hollie McNish will use the funding provided by the programme to perform a one-off free live show of her album VERSE 1 with Netherland’s renowned jazz and pop orchestra, Metropole Orkest and conducted by Grammy award-winning conductor Jules Buckley.

The free performance, which will take place at London’s Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 23rd November, fuses orchestral music with Hollie’s inimitable spoken word to create a new piece of art for the listener. The album ranges from blissfully happy experiences, thoughts of a mother, to breastfeeding, immigration and the profound portrayal of a refugee.

The show will open with guest poets Salena Godden and Vanessa Kisuule, and then Hollie will perform part of the album without the orchestra and finish the album with the orchestra.

“It is one of the biggest honours to have these poems read, thought about and composed into music by what I consider one of the world’s best and most approachable orchestras.” Hollie McNish

Jules Buckley added, “Setting poetry to orchestral music has been rarely done, and it was a unique journey to explore how to express Hollie’s art in orchestral music form. I hope we have made the border between poetry and music vanish. Hollie is an incredible talent. I’m privileged to create something new and unique with the Metropole Orkest and I’m looking forward to playing it live at Cadogan Hall!”

This is a free-ticketed event. Text Verse1 to 87007 or email verse1cadogan@asos.com for free guest tickets specifying how many tickets you want – Max of 4 per person.

To hear from Hollie about her upcoming performance check out the video on the box.