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Composer premieres new work for Cultural Olympiad at prison

A contemporary composer is unveiling his latest work behind the bars of a high security prison.

Mark-Anthony Turnage has previously worked with Sir Simon Rattle and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and staged an opera based on the life of the late model Anna Nicole-Smith at the Royal Opera House in London last year.

But his latest collaboration is with eight inmates at HMP Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire, which holds criminals convicted of violence and serious drug offences.

It is one of 20 new pieces of music commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad.

The BBC's Arts Correspondent Colin Paterson reports.

  • 19 Jan 2012