Neil Cowley to Perform The Eighth Gate

UK City of Culture musician in residence to perform concluding composition in the Guildhall on December 7

UK City of Culture musician in residence Neil Cowley is to premiere an entirely new suite of music entitled The Eighth Gate for his closing performance in Derry~Londonderry's Guildhall on Saturday, December 7.

The composition is described by the award-winning jazz pianist as a ‘small gift’ to the city in return for his inspirational time in Derry~Londonderry during 2013.

For this large scale show, Cowley has invited chamber choir Codetta to perform with his own Neil Cowley Trio – voted Best UK Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Jazz FM awards – as well as local musicians he has encountered along the way.

‘The story of The Eighth Gate came from the city’s walled and gated heritage,' cowley explains. ‘I thought it would be a marvellous thing to create a sort of sonic tapestry, created by the everyday people of Derry~Londonderry. A gate for the future, a marker in time as to what it means to be in the city.

‘As I draw closer to my musical conclusion of 2013, I realise this piece is my small gift to the city and I hope that the love and affection with which it's written will act as a kind of mirror reflecting back on the people of the city.’

Cowley’s unique residency has been a partnership between PRS for Music Foundation, UK City of Culture 2013 and the Nerve Centre, Derry-Londonderry’s music hub, where the residency has been based.

Pearse Moore, chief executive of the Nerve Centre, said: 'Neil's been a fantastic ambassador for the city during 2013. He has had a hugely positive impact on many young people and musicians throughout the city.

‘Not only have we experienced two unforgettable performances at the Nerve Centre during the jazz festival and St Augustine's during Music City, but as the City of Culture musician in residence Neil has been the musical heartbeat of the Nerve Centre and our SYNC programme, inspiring, engaging and encouraging countless young musicians.'

The Eighth Gate takes place at the Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry, on December 7, 2013. Tickets are available via the Nerve Centre.