‘How can an orchestra today reinvent its performance space?’ asks François-Xavier Roth. ‘What is space as an element of perception for the audience?’
In our triannual festival of new music we feature the contemporary voices that are pushing the boundaries of classical music to its limits – quite literally. In this third iteration of the festival we take ‘space’ as our focus, exploring works which spill out of the concert hall and into the world.
Join François-Xavier Roth and Simon Halsey for a main season LSO concert quite unlike any other. David Lang’s the public domain starts in the Barbican Foyers with a 500-strong choir of volunteer Londoners before Philippe Manoury’s Ring leads us into the depths of the Barbican Hall. We also host a series of Free Friday Lunchtime concerts at LSO St Luke’s, partner with the Guildhall School for a Creative Forum, and offer you the chance to witness the very moment of musical creation with our Panufnik Composers Workshops.
Free Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Friday 4 January 12.30–1.15pm
Featuring the LSO Percussion Ensemble, singers and pianists from the Guildhall, these concerts place contemporary voices in the spotlight and celebrate the work of 20th century pioneers.
Getting it Right? New Music/New Technology
Wednesday 20 March 9.30am–7.30pm
A day of talks, performances, debates and seminars presented by Guildhall School with LSO Discovery exploring creative uses of new technology in the concert hall, opera, improvisation, sound sculpture and more.
LSO Season Concert
Poem of Ecstasy
Sunday 24 March 6–8.30pm, Barbican Hall
When the whole concert hall becomes the stage: David Lang's the public domain is performed by 500 people, followed by Philippe Manoury’s Ring with François-Xavier Roth and Scriabin’s ethereal Poem of Ecstasy.
Performed on the foyers:
In the Barbican Hall:
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Free Public Workshop
Panufnik Composers Workshop
Monday 25 March 10am–6pm, LSO St Luke's
Witness a pivotal point in the process of putting together a new orchestral piece as the LSO works with the latest set of Panufnik Composers, under the guidance of composer Colin Matthews and conductor François-Xavier Roth.
With Music by:
* Supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust.
† Commissioned via the Panufnik Composers Scheme, generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust
^ The performance of Philippe Manoury's Ring is generously supported by Diaphonique, Franco-British fund for contemporary music in partnership with the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Sacem, the British Council, the French Ministry of Culture, the Bureau Export, the Institut français and the Friends of the French Institute Trust.