20 Aug 12
Months, much like Monkees and members of the still active(!) girl group Honeyz, can be ranked in order of excellence. Opinions vary from person to person (although October is quite clearly the best month) but what most of us agree on is the outright disgust we find in the month known commonly as September. Neither autumn nor summer, it exists in some sort of weather limbo, teasing our wardrobes into a frenzy into the likes scarcely observed elsewhere in the calender. The BBC, for reasons as yet unknown, feel this more than most and have seen fit to organize two reasonably exciting events to get us that most grim of times; a set of BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performances in collaboration with The xx and Richard Hawley. The xx have paired up with composing man Alex Baranowski to offer full orchestral versions of tracks from both their self titled debut and the as yet unreleased Coexist, whilst Alex Turner lookalike Richard Hawley has Joe Duddell working those custom string arrangements to the bone as both composer and conductor.
BBC Radio 1 will broadcast The xx’s performance on the 19th of September with Hawley is happening on the 8th on BBC 6 Music. Alternatively, for people who are A) living in the United Kingdom and B) prefer live things, tickets for the events are being made available for free in a random draw HERE (The xx) and HERE (Hawley).