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Whitburn Band to perform in innovative audio drama from Lau's Martin Green

Whitburn Band is excited to be part of an innovative new project from Martin Green, the Ivor Novello winning composer and one third of folk trio Lau.

The band will perform in a live preview of a new audio drama called Keli, starring Anna Russell-Martin and Tam Dean Burn and directed and co-created by Wils Wilson. It is a fictional story of a young horn player and her tempestuous existence.

It will also feature the premiere of Split the Air, a new piece of music written for the PRS New Music Biennial by Martin and orchestrated by Benjamin Woodgates.

The performance will take place at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh on Sunday, April 3 at 5pm. Tickets are available on the Lyceum’s website. The event will also be live streamed, so you can purchase your tickets and watch from home.

This combination of compelling storytelling and powerful brass music aims to be a true celebration of what can be created when drama and music combine to tell stories inspired by real people from towns across Scotland's central belt.

Martin has spent the last year immersing himself in brass banding, surrounded by the communities, the competition and the legacy of coal.

Inspired by the resilient, creative individuals he has met, he’s produced a three-part BBC Radio 4 documentary, Love Spit and Valve Oil, a new piece of music Split The Air and an audio drama, Keli, commissioned by The Lyceum and created with Lyceum associate artist Wils Wilson.

The performance is recommended for audiences aged 16 and over, and is part of the Wonder Festival of works in progress.

The audio drama Keli will get a full digital release on The Lyceum’s Sound Stage platform on April 26.

You can learn more about Lepus' Year of Brass here.

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