The big day is almost upon us, and we're putting the finishing touches on our 500 Voices project, getting ready to perform in the Barbican foyers on 24 March.
This premiere performance marks the culmination of months of rehearsals and planning, a collaborative project between Culture Mile and the LSO on a grand-scale. 500 people, many of whom are first-time singers recruited from the local community, will explore David Lang’s extraordinary acapella composition the public domain in the vast space of the Barbican foyers. The piece is conducted by London Symphony Chorus Director Simon Halsey and a team of sub-conductors, who each lead a sub-group of this enormous ensemble.
On 11 March, we invited a photographer to capture some moments from a Group 1 rehearsal at LSO St Luke's. Browse our gallery below.
The UK premiere of the public domain is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, John S Cohen Foundation, 29th May 1961 Charity, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and LSO Friends.
This event is part of LSO Futures, our triennial festival of new music in which we feature the contemporary voices that are pushing the boundaries of classical music to its limits – quite literally. In the third iteration of the festival, taking place from 20–25 March 2019, we take ‘space’ as our focus, exploring works which spill out of the concert hall and into the world. As well as the public domain, events include a conference on the creative use of technology in the concert hall, our 2018 Panufnik Composers Workshop and a free lunchtime concert.
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