Tickets: FREE
Drapers' Hall, Coventry Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN
Sun 24 Apr 2022 @ 17.00
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New Music Biennial: "She Who" Jessica Curry and National Youth Chamber Choir

Sun 24 Apr 2022 @ 17.00
Drapers' Hall, Coventry
Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN
Duration: 1 hour

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12+, under 16 accompanied by an adult 18+.

Experience the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain perform their commission of She Who by BAFTA award winner Jessica Curry as part of the critically acclaimed New Music Biennial 2022. 

She Who is the result of a creative collaboration and commission between Jessica Curry, an award-winning digital game composer and the National Youth Choirs, a community of talented young singers drawn from across the UK.

Image credit T Arran Photo.

New Music Biennial is a PRS Foundation and Southbank Centre initiative. Presented in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings with support from Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


Good to Know

  • All performances are seated
  • There will be bag searches at every venue
  • Bags should not be larger than a sheet of A4
  • No professional camera equipment
  • No flash photography
  • No late admittance
  • No food or alcohol brought into the premises


Curry frequently works with text, including previously collaborating with Carol Ann Duffy, and recent work has seen her develop as a bold new voice in choral composition. Inspired by the poetry of Judy Grahn and exploring ideas of womanhood in the new millennia, She Who brings these two aspects together, creating a choral performance fused with Curry’s unique blend of digital effects and sampling.

The piece is written at a time where women are questioning the world they have been told to accept, reconsidering history and community, and celebrating the power of the female. Simultaneously, young people’s voices are emerging as the most powerful, positive force for change in global politics. 

As a composer working in the digital game industry, Jessica Curry’s previous work has introduced a young gaming audience to classical music in world-class concert venues and vice-versa. Her work spans genre and is perfectly positioned to reach across traditional divides. Jessica is an internationally acclaimed BAFTA winning composer and co-founder of renowned games company The Chinese Room. A powerful blend of traditional instrumentation and digital technologies, her work has been performed in diverse and high-profile venues such as The Old Vic Tunnels, Sydney Opera House, Great Ormond Street Hospital, MOMI New York, The Royal Opera House, and Durham Cathedral. The Washington Post described her music as “stupendous” and The Guardian praised her “gorgeous orchestral score” for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. The Rapture score has been voted into the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2016 and 2017. 


National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain 

The National Youth Chamber Choir is made up of outstanding young singers from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the current NYCGB Fellowship. The members, aged 18-25, are typically enrolled in music further education or at the outset of their singing careers. They meet throughout the year for performances, broadcasts, recording sessions and education events, both across the UK and abroad. 

Recent performance highlights include Mozart’s Requiem with David Bates and Britten Sinfonia at BBC Proms, performance of Lillie Harris’ Christmas Silence during the VOCES8 Live from London Festival as part of The King’s Singers broadcast, and a concert at Snape Maltings. Earlier performances have included a televised appearance from Amiens Cathedral in the presence of HRH Prince William and other dignitaries to mark the end of World War 1, a performance with the Tallis Scholars at Saffron Hall, performances of Jessica Curry’s She Who as part of the New Music Biennial 2019 (PRS Foundation initiative) at the Southbank Centre, and subsequent recording and release on NMC Recordings.  Other recording projects include works with DCINY at Abbey Roads Studios and Benji Merrison at Air Recording studio London, a broadcast on Heart Radio and an appearance on BBC Radio 3's ‘In-tune’. 

Jessica Curry  

Jessica is a BAFTA-winning, Ivor Novello nominated composer of contemporary classical music and is also co-founder of renowned games company The Chinese Room. 

Her work has been performed in diverse and high-profile venues such as The Old Vic Tunnels, The Barbican, Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Wellcome Trust, MOMI New York, The Royal Opera House, Sage Gateshead and Durham Cathedral. The Washington Post described her music as “stupendous” and The Guardian praised her “gorgeous orchestral  score” for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.  

Jessica was London Oriana Choir’s composer in residence in 2018 and she was selected for PRSF’s New Music Biennial which took place in London’s Southbank and Hull in July 2019. Her commission for Crouch End Festival Chorus premiered at the Alexandra Palace Theatre, London in October 2021. She is currently working on a new game soundtrack. Jessica was awarded the Outstanding Contribution award at Women in Games. She is currently signed to Faber Music. 

More details available on her website:

Access information

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Disabled toilets available.

Induction Loop available.

The new entrance at Drapers’ Hall allows for ground floor access with a lift up to the first floor. Accessible toilets are situated on both levels. The bar has a DDA-level counter top to the right hand side.

There are three steps required for access to the two meeting rooms on the lower level. Otherwise, all rooms are accessible for wheelchair users.

There is an induction loop throughout the building.

The original entrance may still be used upon request, however there are steep steps up to the first floor.

On Bayley Lane there are many cobbled pathways and limited dropped kerbs. There are two Blue Badge parking bays on Bayley Lane.

The seating for events is non-allocated. For requests to reserve seating or for any queries regarding access or assistance please email [email protected]

Socially Distanced Seating:

There are socially distanced seats in each venue for New Music Biennial shows. A limited number of seats are available which are reserved for people who identify as being extremely clinically vulnerable. Wheelchair users may also be accommodated in these areas or within another part of the auditorium. If you would like to request seating in this area, please first book your tickets as normal and then let us know of your request through this form. We will then reply to you to confirm whether you can be accommodated.


A Captioning service is provided by 'My Clear Text' and will be accessible on your own device using a QR code to access the streaming website and read along.

Each piece of music will have lyrics or a simple description of what you can hear. The Q&A will then be live captioned. The second playing of the music will be accompanied again by lyrics and/or simple description.

BSL Interpretation:

BSL Interpretation is not being provided for this event as feedback from similar music events has shown that it is not appropriate for something so heavily reliant on hearing music with a very small proportion having any lyrics. Many of the artists involved have told us that it would not feel appropriate in these circumstances and may be misleading to suggest that a BSL user would find this provision makes the event more accessible.