‘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 triennial 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.
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.
Speakers and performers to include:
LSO Season Concert
The Public Domain
Sunday 24 March 6–8.30pm
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:
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Free Friday Lunchtime Concert
Friday 22 March 12.30–1.15pm
LSO Jerwood Composer Daniel Kidane curates a free concert featuring a string quartet of LSO Musicans as he explores space, the flights of flocking birds and music inspired by pastoral photographs.
HANNAH KENDAL Glances / I Don’t Belong Here
Daniel Kidane curator
Free Public Workshop
Panufnik Composers Workshop
Monday 25 March 10am–6pm
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.