Other Presences: The Music of Jonathan Harvey with the BBC Singers


LSO St Luke's Guest Artists

Fri 23 Sep 2016 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London

BRITTEN Ad Majoren Dei Gloriam
JONATHAN HARVEY Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco
JONATHAN HARVEY The Annunciation
WIM HENDERICKX Blossomings (world premiere)
JONATHAN HARVEY Forms of Emptiness
JONATHAN HARVEY How Could this Soul not take Flight

Martyn Brabbins conductor
Marco Blaauw trumpet
Sound Intermedia electronics
BBC Singers


Tickets: £15, £12

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Promoted by BBC Singers

Haunting, spiritual, ecstatic: Jonathan Harvey’s music blurs the boundaries between east and west, body and soul. Its lucid, bell-like resonances and pioneering use of electronics will take you on a journey into new and transformative worlds. Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco is an electro-acoustic masterpiece. Spinning sonorities ring out as it blends sound samples of a cathedral bell and the voice of a chorister. The looped, harmonised trumpet parts in Other Presences weave sounds that echo the music of Tibetan Buddhist purification rituals. Forms of emptiness sets the vivid flashes of joy in poetry by E.E Cummings against a Buddhist Sanskrit chant, creating moments that feel transient and scarcely real.

Experience Harvey’s compelling music among Britten’s virtuosic cantata Ad Majoren Dei Gloriam and a new work by Wim Henderickx, whose music reflects his fascination for eastern sound-worlds and philosophies.