Simon Halsey at Arnold Circus

Simon Halsey at Arnold Circus

Crowd Out

Saturday 21 June 2014

Summer 2014 will see three major European epicentres for culture alive with the sound of Crowd Out. In London, Birmingham and Berlin, a 1,000-strong choir will take a stage – in East London surrounding the iconic bandstand in Arnold Circus, inside the epic glass atrium at Birmingham’s Millennium Point, and on a giant outdoor stage in the centre of Berlin’s Kulturforum – and perform David Lang’s specially composed work, Crowd Out.

With groups made up of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, don’t expect an ordinary singing work. Football chants inspired the idea behind this piece, along with a vast range of vocal styles and public ‘noise’ that we all encounter in everyday life, all situations where a sense of ‘community’ is created through performance, and that’s exactly what the partners behind this project have set out to do.

Simon Halsey, the LSO’s Choral Director, has been working closely with composer David Lang to turn his work into a reality, and as Choral Director at both the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and at the Berlin Philharmonic as well as his London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus role, he’ll be taking the helm of the three choirs on three separate occasions, to bring the world this unique premiere.

The London performance has the East End at its heart, and is also the final event in the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2014, bringing the area to buzzing life with all kinds of music. Working together with Spitalfields Music, the LSO is looking for London voices to take part in this brilliant performance. Absolutely no singing experience is necessary. The only qualification you need is a desire to be part of a truly unique event and to make some noise. The LSO has only 300 places available, so make sure you register your interest quickly. If you don’t end up as part of the group, you can still join us for the free performance as crowds fill the streets around the bandstand in Arnold Circus on 21 June.

Part of LSO Sing, supported by the 
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.

The London performances of Crowd Out are produced in partnership with Spitalfields Music, Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service, London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO Discovery programme and Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning Division. With thanks to Friends of Arnold Circus and London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Crowd Out is commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with financial assistance from Arts Council England and individuals through BCMG’s Sound Investment scheme; Spitalfields Music with major funding support from Arts Council England and financial assistance from its New Music Commission Fund; and the Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker, supported by Deutsche Bank.


Apply through the LSO and you will be joining 300 other people in rehearsals and workshops with LSO professionals at LSO St Luke’s, before combining with other groups from across London’s East End to make up the 1,000-strong crowd.

To register your interest please contact Kate Gardner on or call 020 7382 2549

Suitable for all ages over 12. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

It’s free to take part. The first workshop will be on Saturday 22 March and the final event will take place on Saturday 21 June in Arnold Circus, Shoreditch (E2 7PQ). If possible we would like you to commit to attending at least six of the seven rehearsals below.

Rehearsal and performance schedule

Sat 22 Mar 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 Introduction, City of London School for Girls

Mon 28 Apr
18:30-21:00 LSO participant rehearsal, LSO St Luke’s

Mon 19 May
18:30-21:00 LSO participant rehearsal, LSO St Luke’s

Mon 9 Jun
18:30-21:00 LSO participant rehearsal, LSO St Luke’s

Sat 14 Jun
10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 Tutti rehearsal, venue Tbc

Fri 20 Jun
18:30-21:30 Tutti rehearsal, venue Tbc

Sat 21 Jun
10:00-12:30 Warm up and tutti rehearsal, venue Tbc
13:45-14:30 Tutti rehearsal, venue Tbc
15:30-16:30 Performance #1, Band Stand, Arnold Circus
18:00-19:00 Performance #2, Band Stand, Arnold Circus

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