Michael Nyman creates memorial symphony for dead soccer fans

Composer Michael Nyman has written a symphony in honour of the soccer fans who died in Britain’s worst ever sporting disaster. In 1989, 96 Liverpool soccer club fans were crushed to death at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, England in a fatally overcrowded section of the ground, and the victims’ families are currently participating in a new inquiry into the horror after a 25-year campaign for the truth.
Nyman has created an hour-long piece, based on music he was recording on the afternoon of the tragedy, and opera star Kathryn Rudge will sing out the name of those who lost their lives over the top of the music.
The symphony will open the Liverpool Biennial arts festival on 5 July (14).
The city’s Mayor Joe Anderson says, “Memorials are a symbol of our solidarity and support for the families, and Nyman’s specially commissioned piece of music will be a moving and unforgettable tribute.”