LSO Discovery Showcase: Peacemakers


LSO Discovery concert

Thu 16 Jun 2016 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

TIPPETT Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Dirge for Two Veterans from Dona nobis pacem
KARL JENKINS Healing Light – A Celtic Prayer from The Peacemakers
HOLST Jupiter from The Planets
HOWARD MOODY Vaishnava* (world premiere, LSO Discovery commission)

Elim Chan conductor
Howard Moody conductor*
Francesca Chiejina soprano
Bianca Andrew mezzo-soprano
Eduard Mas Bacardit tenor
Joan Miquel Muñoz Socias bass
LSO On Track Next Generation* 
LSO Community Choir
Orchestral Artistry students from the Guildhall School
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £10 £16 £22

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Part of the 2015/16 season

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LSO On Track Foyer Takeover
6.30pm, Barbican Foyers
Young musicians from across East London take over the Barbican's foyers for a lively pre-concert performance, led by Fraser Trainer. The young musicians represent a range of groups and projects from the LSO On Track partnership with ten Music Education Hub lead organisations.

LSO Sing is generously supported by Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement. The LSO Community Choir is generously supported by the Rothschild Charities Committee.

LSO On Track Next Generation is generously supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation, the Hedley Foundation and LSO Friends.

People have always used music to send a message, to protest and to raise their voices to create change in the world. The LSO celebrates the power of music to call for peace in June by inviting musicians from across the London community to join the Orchestra on the Barbican stage for a stirring concert, a showcase for our education and community programme, LSO Discovery.

The work of British composers past and present makes up the programme. All have been concerned with the search for peace, from the powerful calls for freedom from violence by Tippett and Vaughan Williams – who used traditional spirituals and plainchant to build their own personal messages of peace – to Holst, whose 'Jupiter' brings joy in the form of a grand hymnal tune. Sir Karl Jenkins celebrates messengers of peace in The Peacemakers (including Gandhi); in Healing Light he too uses a traditional text to bring a contemporary message. 

Gandhi, the most powerful advocate of pacifism in recent memory, is an inspiration in Howard Moody’s Vaishnava. This project began with a Hindu devotional song beloved by Gandhi, and was transformed through collaboration and improvisation with the young musicians of LSO On Track Next Generation, into the final piece that they perform alongside the Orchestra in June.

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Blog: interview with conductor Elim Chan


Video: the LSO Community Choir prepare for Peacemakers