Poet in the City presents...


  • 6 November 2016
  • The Theatre

Poet in the City, in collaboration with Aurora Orchestra, presents an afternoon of poetry and music in celebration of Frank O'Hara, 50 years since his death.

I’m becoming
the street.
Who are you in love with?

From curating with Jackson Pollock and de Kooning to creating work inspired by John Cage and Billie Holiday, O’Hara was at the restless heart of the 1960s creative explosion and the ‘New York School’; legions of devoted followers have ensued since his death at 40. Featuring poet and critic Mark Ford, players from Aurora Orchestra, the acclaimed soprano Nina Bennet and esteemed actor Lucy Tregear, join us to explore the great legacy of this ceaseless soul.

Mark Ford is the editor of Frank O’Hara’s Selected Poems, and of two anthologies of the work of the New York School Poets. He teaches in the English Department at University College London.

Will Montgomery is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and Director of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway University. His recent publications include the essay collection Frank O’Hara Now. Will also works with audio, making field recordings, sound art and music.

Nina Bennet is a talented soprano, having performed with both the City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Nina is becoming increasingly in demand in contemporary music and is equally at home in both jazz and gospel.

John Reid is Principal Piano of Aurora Orchestra, with whom he has appeared at the major London concert venues, and at the BBC Proms. He is an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Lucy Tregear has been acting for over 25 years for stage, including the West End, Royal Opera House and RSC, TV, film and radio. In 2014 she was part of the successful Middlemarch Trilogy at the Orange Tree Theatre.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre
    PERFORMANCE DATES: Sunday 6 November 2016
    TICKET PRICES: £12/£10, £6 tickets available for Under 26s & Students
    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 or online

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