The Sound of Joy Division Orchestrated

Sunday August 11th, 2019

Peter Hook - Joy Division Orchestrated

Featuring The Metropolitan Orchestra

The group’s original bassist Peter Hook, The Metropolitan Orchestra & guests come together to perform the catalogue of one of the world’s most celebrated bands.

Joy Division’s legendary bass player Peter Hook is set to tour Australia with The Metropolitan Orchestra this August which will see him, special guests and a full orchestra perform the band's seminal post punk repertoire with classical elements.

Joy Division Orchestrated celebrates one of the most influential bands ever, putting the group’s most famous works in an immersive show that recognises their role in shaping popular culture and the influence they continue to hold.

Curated by Hook and with Musical Director Tim Crooks taking care of the orchestration, the concerts are the first time that an original member of the group has taken part in such a project.

Joy Division Orchestrated pairs up musically the elements of post punk that characterised Joy Division’s ground-breaking sound, with the orchestra – paying homage to the spirit which defines their heritage.

Given the band’s iconic legacy, the arrangements of classic Joy Division will be presented in a state-of-the-art concert setting with the highest standards of production.

As the band tragically ended on the eve of their first American tour in May 1980, Joy Division's influence round the world has grown remarkably since and remains ever-present, with fans of all generations complimented by the many contemporary groups who have taken on the template of the band's sound in the modern era.

Across their two LPs and singles, all produced by Martin Hannett for Factory Records, the band's landmark tracks are to be featured in Joy Division Orchestrated,including from the band's debut album Unknown Pleasures – considered by many the finest debut release by any group. Meanwhile the follow up Closer is described as a "start to finish masterpiece" (Pitchfork). Their singles are regularly lauded as some of the greatest ever to hit vinyl.