HQ has partnered with East London Arts & Music (ELAM) to create an original score for This Lovely City by Louise Hare, its biggest release of the year.
Rebecca Fortuin, HQ’s audio editor, and David Crozier, Elam’s director of music, worked with ELAM’s second-year band Azad and band member Nico Harris to compose a song to be played in the audiobook together with the narration by Karise Yansen, discovered thanks to HQ partnership with East 15 Acting School in 2019, and Theo Solomon.
The book will be released on 12th February in audiobook and on 12th March in e-book and hardback. The release of the audiobook will see a month-long audio campaign that includes the original song, an audio blog tour, interviews and excerpts across broadcast and digital media, including an appearance on Jazz FM.
The audiobook campaign will be followed by the hardback release campaign that includes a launch party on 12th March at Waterstones in Piccadilly where the band will perform live and events throughout the year.
Hare said: "I love the music that Nico and Azad have created for This Lovely City. Evocative of the period, I hope it will transport listeners back to the 1950s, ready to meet Lawrie and Evie."
This Lovely City follows the story of Jazz musician Lawrie and his girlfriend Evie in 1950. Their relationship gets tested when Lawrie makes a new discovery and the life he was promised is still far away from the reality he faces.
Fortuin said: "Working with ELAM and Azad has been a real honour. I’m continually blown away by the talent and dedication of the students. For such a polished piece of music to come from a group of 17-year-olds is simply breathtaking and I can’t wait to see what they do next."
Crozier added: "Nico's composition and Azad’s arrangement carefully blend the spirit of the era with subtle modern influences. They have loved bringing their first professional brief to life alongside HQ and Louise."