The Diasporic Quartets


LSO Discovery: Jerwood Composer+ Showcase NB. Programme change

Sat 23 Oct 2021 7.30pm - 9.15pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London

Film excerpts from the documentary ‘Identity and the Anxiety of Influence: What Does It Mean To Be A Black Composer?’ (re-edited)
Des Oliver HERBERT and Dear Tunde,… from 'The Diasporic Quartets (portraits in four movements)' (world premiere)
Philip Herbert 
In Contemplation (world premiere)
Daniel Kidane Foreign Tongues 
Dominique Le Gendre Le Génie Humain
Tunde Jegede Quartet No 2 – Reflecting on Beethoven Opus 18 No 2

Darragh Morgan violin
Sarah Quinn violin
Anna Bastow viola
Eve-Marie Caravassilis cello

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

£5 under-18s tickets available

£0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee per transaction – click here for more information on booking fees


Live stream

This concert will also be live streamed on the LSO YouTube channel



Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.



LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Arts.

Jerwood Arts Black



Explore the music, ideas and experiences of British-based classical composers from the African diaspora, as composer and filmmaker Des Oliver showcases the music of composers who featured in his landmark online series Identity and the Anxiety of Influence.

Beginning with excerpts from the documentary that inspired this concert, then follows Des Oliver's musical response to the underlying themes of influence, heritage, identity and representation in his new work The Diasporic Quartets. Consisting of four portrait movements, of which two will be performed today, the piece builds on his documentary series, taking inspiration from the music of each composer and their interactions during filming

Moving through time and place, works for string quartet express each composer’s relationship with heritage and tradition. Inspired by Beethoven’s Op 18 No 2, Tunde Jegede’s second quartet is an authentic synthesis of West African and classical musical traditions. French Caribbean music combined with French classical music and pop suffuse Dominique Le Gendre’s sound-world in Le Génie Humain. Drawing on his Russian and Eritrean heritage, former Jerwood+ composer Daniel Kidane brings elements of grime and urban music to his work, while a newly commissioned work by Philip Herbert, In Contemplation, finds inspiration in African-American spirituals and English pastoral music.

Identity and the Anxiety of Influence was commissioned by Sound and Music for the British Music Collection.

NB Programme change

In a change to earlier listings, this performance will now include two of the four movements of Des Oliver’s The Diasporic Quartets. The programme order has changed, and the concert is expected to end at approximately 9.15pm.
Posted Sat 23 Oct 12pm

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How are seats at LSO St Luke's arranged?

The majority of our seats are no longer socially-distanced, however some rows of seats in the stalls remain configured in socially-distanced singles and pairs. All seats are unallocated – you may book for stalls or balcony, and are then free to sit wherever you wish.

What other safety measures are in place once inside?

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  • The hall and each seat will be cleaned between performances.
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Concert Programme

Digital programme notes are available to read online, and can be viewed on mobile in the Jerwood Hall using the free WiFi. 

Digital concert programme

More About

LSO Jerwood Composer+ supports early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the scheme.

Des Oliver studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2015 he participated in the composer-choreographer collaboration funded by the RPS Drummond Fund at Rambert Dance Company. He recently completed his doctorate in composition and critical writing at Worcester College, Oxford and is currently the curator for the Oxford Music Faculty's Sounds of South Asia Series. Oliver is also a filmmaker: his curated documentary series Identity and the Anxiety of Influence, commissioned by Sound and Music for the British Music Collection, explores issues surrounding black identity with the breadth of new music produced by BAME composers across the UK.