As revealed on my podcast back in September 2021, Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra (with Charles Hazlewood) have released a major new work called The Unfolding.
Find out more and order the album here.
Reviews have understandably been outstanding with BBC 6Music New Music Fix calling it ‘a remarkable record… beautiful, complex & ambitious’.
‘Fresh & original’ – MOJO
‘Inspired’ – UNCUT
‘A remarkable piece of work’ – Belfast Telegraph
‘Head & heart music’ – Music OMH
About Hannah Peel…
As a listener to this podcast and a fan of Paul Weller, you will undoubtedly know Hannah Peel from her arrangements on True Meanings and the Royal Festival Hall shows that led to the Other Aspects live album and DVD / Sky programme.
Hannah is an Emmy-nominated, RTS and Music Producers Guild winning composer, with a flow of solo albums and collaborative releases. She joins the dots between science, nature and the creative arts, through her explorative approach to electronic, classical and traditional music.
From her own solo albums to composing soundtracks like Game of Thrones: The last Watch, or to orchestrating and conducting for artists like Paul Weller, Declan O’Rourke and Dot Allison, her work is ambitious, forward-looking, always adapting and re-inventing new genres and hybrid musical forms
Hannah is a regular weekly broadcaster for BBC Radio 3’s Night Tracks – an amazing radio show that you really should check out.
Paraorchestra create large scale and dynamic music experiences, blending artforms and technology to create innovative new ways of experiencing orchestral music. Their ensembles feature professional disabled and non-disabled musicians, playing a mix of analogue, digital, and assistive instruments.
Paraorchestra are not only radically changing who connects with orchestral music, but, shifting the perception of disability by removing the outdated barriers that too often prevent a showcase of excellence in disabled player.
Hear Hannah Peel sharing more on the new album…
Speaking to The Paul Weller Fan Podcast in September 2021, Hannah told us how it all came about…
‘The Unfolding’ is the title track of the album. Video by Stefan Goodchild, Triple Geek.
Original The Unfolding artwork by Barnbrook.
The Unfolding – More Info
There are pieces of music that seek to tell us deeper stories. Others harness the talents of the players at their disposal in adventurous ways. Then there are the rare, generous works that make us think back to our roots as human beings and to our shared beginnings in the universe, that lift us in their melodies, rhythms and textures, that carry us with them.
The Unfolding is all of these things. An extraordinary eight-part collaboration between composer Hannah Peel (Mercury Prize and Emmy nominee) and Paraorchestra, it was made over three years in precious morsels of time around a global pandemic. These circumstances – unexpected when the collaboration began – add weight to its explorations in sound about who we are, where we came from, and who we could all be. The Unfolding also explores Paraorchestra’s progressive idea of what an orchestra should be, mixing analogue, digital and assistive instruments with a unique ensemble of disabled and non-disabled musicians to make magic happen, and accessible to all.
The vinyl edition of the album is a 2LP set, in a gatefold sleeve, with printed inner sleeves.
Available on either black or orange vinyl.
The LP comes with an additional track ‘The Unfolding Credits (Instrumental)’.
Paraorchestra & Hannah Peel with Paul Weller
I have created a little playlist of PW songs that feature Paraorchestra & arrangements from Hannah…
Paraorchestra perform on the following songs, with string arrangements by Hannah Peel…
Track 4 – Village – Paraorchestra
Track 6 – On Sunset – Paraorchestra
Track 9 – Earth Beat – Paraorchestra
Track 10 – Rockets – Paraorchestra (additional string arrangement by Andy Crofts)
Fat Pop (Vol 1)
Paraorchestra perform on the following songs with string arrangements by Hannah Peel.
Track 5 – Glad Times – Arrangement by Hannah Peel & White Label, Strings by Paraorchestra
Track 8 – That Pleasure – Strings by Paraorchestra
Track 12 – Still Glides The Stream – Arrangement by Hannah Peel & Steve Cradock, Strings by Paraorchestra