Saturday 4 March 2017

LCO Soloists: Royal Albert Hall’s Loading Bay

Loading Bay, Royal Albert Hall, London


London Contemporary Orchestra return to the Royal Albert Hall for a unique performance from the Hall’s Loading Bay space, as part of the 12-day ‘Love Classical’ festival. Deep underground and accessed via the Loading Bay’s ramp, this is the first time ever the space has been used for a classical music performance.

LCO present an eclectic programme of music including works from long-term collaborator Jonny Greenwood, giants of American Minimalism Steve Reich and Michael Gordon, Mica Levi of Micachu & The Shapes and CHAINES. 

With support from Mara Carlye and Liam Byrne.

Doors 3:15pm for 4pm support.

Jonny Greenwood Prospector’s Quartet from ‘There Will Be Blood’ (for string quartet)
CHAINES I Found This (for cello, performed by Oliver Coates)
Michael Gordon Potassium (for amplified string quartet)
Mica Levi SAW (for viola, performed by Robert Ames)
Jonny Greenwood 88 (for piano)
Steve Reich Triple Quartet (for string quartet and pre-recorded tape)

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Tuesday 14 March 2017

The xx / Night + Day Brixton

O2 Academy, Brixton

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London Contemporary Orchestra joins The xx and a stellar bill of support acts and after-parties for the band’s upcoming ‘Night + Day’ run of gigs at the Brixton Academy.

The now legendary ‘Night + Day’ series was started by the trio back in 2013 with a run of specially curated gigs in Lisbon, Berlin and London. Now in support of their acclaimed new album ‘I See You‘, they’ve applied the same treatment to seven London shows.

LCO supports The xx on Tuesday March 14th, performing work by Mica Levi.


Saturday 18 March 2017

Moonlight: Live

Barbican Centre, London


Already with a Golden Globe for Best Drama Motion Picture and four BAFTA nominations, Barry Jenkins‘s touching exploration of black gay identity in modern America, Moonlight, is enhanced in this special European premiere screening featuring the soundtrack performed live by the LCO.

The story centers around Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. Meeting him at three chapters in his life, grappling with his sexuality, fleeting experiences of love and acceptance contrasted with pain and confusion. As he journeys through life and self-discovery, his feelings seem out of touch with the often rough and toxic masculinity of his surroundings – and he struggles to cope.

The character’s sense of isolation, being trapped between conflicting identities, is beautifully reflected in Nicholas Britell’s score. Combining elements of Southern Rap with orchestral Chamber Music, with the score seemingly in slow motion, taking influence from chopped and screwed Hip-Hop remixes. This effect of slowing things down suspends each interaction, zooming in on Chiron’s emotions, his yearning.

Ryan McAdams (conductor)
Nicholas Britell (piano/organ; audio production)
Tim Fain (violin)

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