Updated: Thursday, 10 April 2014 01:57 | By Agence France-Presse

Symphony composed for Hillsborough dead

British composer Michael Nyman has created a symphony in memory of the 96 football fans killed in the Hillsborough stadium disaster, the city of Liverpool announced Wednesday.

Symphony composed for Hillsborough dead

British music composer Michael Nyman is seen at the Venice film festival on September 11, 2009 - by Damien Meyer

Nyman, who wrote the soundtrack to the 1993 film "The Piano", hopes that "Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial" will help the families of the bereaved with the healing process.

The symphony will be performed at Liverpool Cathedral on July 5, the opening weekend of the Liverpool Biennial, Britain's largest international contemporary art festival, which runs until the end of October.

On April 15, 1989, at the start of an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, northern England, Liverpool fans were crushed to death on an overcrowded terrace.

It remains Britain's worst sporting disaster.

The names of all those who died will be sung as part of the symphony, which includes music Nyman was recording on the afternoon of the tragedy.

The symphony is also based on "Memorial", a section of an earlier work dedicated to the memory of Juventus football supporters killed in the Heysel stadium disaster in Brussels.

Before the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and the Italian side, 39 people were killed when a wall collapsed as Juventus fans tried to flee a group of Liverpool fans who had breached a fence between the two sets of fans.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: "Memorials are a symbol of our solidarity and support for the families.

"It is... a fantastic example of art being used to help shine a light on the dignity and bravery of those who have strived for justice for the 96."

Fresh inquests into the Hillsborough deaths got under way last week in Warrington, east of Liverpool. The hearings are expected to last 12 months.

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