Monday 2 December 2019

The Fashion Awards 2019

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP

This annual celebration of creativity and innovation will shine a spotlight on exceptional individuals and influential businesses that have made significant contributions to the global fashion industry over the past twelve months. The London Contemporary Orchestra return to accompany the Fashion Awards 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Friday 6 December 2019

Erased Tapes x LCO: Hatis Noit

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

In a year-long collaborative programme, LCO joins forces with globally-respected independent record label Erased Tapes to create a season of experimental new works in the Southbank Centre’s most intimate venue, The Purcell Room. Featuring handpicked Erased Tapes artists, each performance in the Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes x LCO series is the culmination of an afternoon of experimental workshops, where you can see the composers and players working together to test and develop new methods.

#4 / December 2019 / Hatis Noit

Be the first to hear new music created by vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO at this performance which rounds off a year of Erased Tapes x LCO sessions at The Purcell Room.

The Japanese vocal performer’s EP Illogical Dance, released in 2018, creates unique song-worlds with transcendent vocal interpretations that at once deconstruct and recombine Western classical, Japanese folk and nature’s own ambient atmosphere. Inspired by gagaku – Japanese classical music – and operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, to avant-garde and pop vocalists, the record was co-produced by Haruhisa Tanaka and Björk collaborators Matmos.

Afternoon drop-in workshop sessions: free to attend (no ticket required)

Evening performance: £15

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Friday 17 January 2020

LCO + Rival Consoles + Claire M Singer

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

An installation inspired by the visual art of Bridget Riley responds to the sound of the LCO playing new work by  Ryan Lee West (Rival Consoles), Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece Rushes, and the kaleidoscopic sounds of Claire M Singer’s gleann ciùin. 

The artwork – triggered by all of the music in tonight’s concert – is the product of the orchestra’s recent experimentation with Artificial Intelligence, imagery and music, and is influenced by the perceptual effects of Riley’s work.

Gordon’s monolithic work Rushes is an hour-long wall of sound made up of pulsating, hypnotic, and slowly shifting patterns, performed by an instrumental ensemble of seven bassoons.

After a sold-out live premiere in at the Southbank Centre in September 2019 (part of the  Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes x LCO series) London-based composer and electronic producer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles re-collaborates with the LCO to perform a new work for 16 string players. 

Claire M Singer’s gleann ciùin incorporates her experimental approach to organ, with an ensemble of strings and horns; creating the aesthetic of electronics purely through acoustic means. The piece returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall after it premiered there in July 2019 as part of the PRSF New Music Biennial. 

Saturday 13 June 2020

Erland Cooper: An Orkney Triptych

Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper explores the natural world of his homeland through an evocative mix of music, words and imagery.

Cooper, formerly of The Magnetic North and Erland & The Carnival, is joined by the LCO for a journey across a trilogy of albums inspired by his childhood home of Orkney – its air, sea, land, community and dialect. Solan Goose is a record of symphonic pastoral scenes peppered with birdsong, written to escape the stifling reality of city life. We also visit the roaring seascapes of Sule Skerry and hear new pieces from his upcoming album, the last part of the triptych, delving into Orkney’s myth and mythology.

The concert also features spoken word from author Amy Liptrot, whose story echoes Cooper’s own. Leaving Orkney to pursue writing in London, she became overwhelmed by the difficulties and addictions of her urban life. Her memoir The Outrun explores the restorative solace found in returning to her childhood home.

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