Tuesday 26 February 2019

The Piano – Live at The Barbican

The Hall, The Barbican Centre

In this new presentation, The Piano is seen with the score played live in synchronisation with the film. It’s a chance to experience the film in a new, engrossing way, back on the big screen, with members of the London Contemporary Orchestra playing Nyman’s iconic score.

Nyman’s potent romantic minimalist music became one of the most popular soundtracks ever written. The film follows mute Ada (Holly Hunter) to New Zealand as she’s sold into marriage to land-grabber Alisdair (Sam Neill). Forced to sell her beloved piano, Ada enters an uneasy arrangement with local, Baines (Harvey Keitel), to buy it back, one key at a time. Their bargain grows into a dark love affair that puts them both – and the piano – in danger.

Standard Tickets £20 – £30 (plus booking fee)

Young Barbican (14-25) £10 (no booking fee. Subject to availability)

SBC members receive 20% discount

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Sunday 17 March 2019

Sarah Davachi with London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists, Cafe OTO

Cafe OTO, Dalston, E8 3DL

“In Davachi’s music, I hear a negotiation between human instigation and letting be. Sometimes I catch little traces of melodic patterns, as she sends synthesisers through little zig-zagging motifs that rise out of the drones and return to them. At other points, she simply allows the instrument to play itself, leaving harmonics and timbral inconsistency to form shapes of their own accord. Prolonged synthesiser tones falter gently, creating undulations in texture like chips and dents on an old antique; drones curdle together to form overtones that flicker and dance above the central hums.” – ATTN:Magazine

£18 advance, £14 members

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Saturday 13 April 2019

London Contemporary Orchestra at BBC Radio 3 Open Ear

Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London

BBC Open Ear presents music from the leading-edge of the UK’s contemporary scene. The London Contemporary Orchestra presents an alternative, experimental programme hosted by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Repertoire: to be announced

Tickets £10. On sale online from 2nd February

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Thursday 9 May 2019

Philip Glass – The Bowie Symphonies

Royal Festival Hall

Repertoire

Philip Glass: Symphony No.1 (Low); Symphony No.4 (Heroes)
Interval
Philip Glass: Symphony No.12 (Lodger) for orchestra & organ – from the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno (European premiere)

Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12, a tribute to the chameleon genius of pop mastermind David Bowie.

It’s performed alongside his First and Fourth symphonies by trail-blazing new music ensemble the London Contemporary Orchestra with innovative organist James McVinnie.

Philip Glass’ Symphony No.1 and Symphony No.4 reimagine the first two albums of David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy, Low and Heroes, as classical works.

Bowie had moved to the East German capital in 1976, where he joined forces with Brian Eno over a triptych of albums to create a more experimental sound, bringing together aleatoric techniques (involving elements of chance), Krautrock influences and synthesizers.

Glass describes his Low Symphony, composed in 1992, as ‘a real collaboration’ between his music and the work of Bowie and Eno on the first album in the trilogy, released in 1977.

A few months after Bowie’s death in January 2016, Glass’ Heroes symphony became the first classical work to headline Glastonbury. Composed in 1996, the six-movement work responds to Bowie’s brooding Cold War album, out just seven months after Low, and its well-known title track.

Bowie liked the symphonic version so much that he used it as walk-in music at his live appearances, and according to Glass, privately superimposed his own vocals over the recording.

Bowie and Glass had discussed a third symphony, and now, finally, the work has been realised, in a Southbank Centre co-commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.

London Contemporary Orchestra 
Robert Ames conductor
Hugh Brunt conductor
James McVinnie organ
Angelique Kidjo vocals


Saturday 18 May 2019

Erased Tapes x LCO: Michael Price

The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

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. 

#2 / May 2019 / Michael Price

Hear freshly created music by composer Michael Price in this performance, one of a series uniting Erased Tapes artists with soloists from London Contemporary Orchestra.

Internationally recognised for his extensive work as a composer, producer, arranger and music editor in the world of film and TV music, Michael Price has been nominated for three Emmy Awards (winning in 2014 for the BBC series Sherlock) and a BAFTA, and has worked on projects ranging from the Lord of the Ringstrilogy to the Inbetweeners movies.

Price’s previous full-length release on Erased Tapes Entanglement, was described as ‘gorgeous’ by Rolling Stone, ‘a neoclassical treat’ by Uncut and Clash said that ‘the emotional clout of this music is quite staggering’.

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

Evening performance: £15.

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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Saint Etienne: Tiger Bay

The Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street

25 years since its release, pioneering pop trio Saint Etienne perform their critically rated album in its entirety along with a set of hits and deep cuts from their back catalogue.

Released in 1994, just ahead of Britpop, Tiger Bay was a ground-breaking blend of electronica and orchestration with traditional folk melodies. Ranging from heady love songs like ‘Hug My Soul’ to the brooding death ballad ‘Like A Motorway’, the record mixed intricate instrumentation with romantic lyricism and the sounds of 90s rave.

The record remains as contemporary and involving as it did 25 years ago – the emotive string and woodwind arrangements, written by the late David Whitaker (Serge Gainsbourg, Marianne Faithfull, Air) shine through here, performed live by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Never before performed with a full orchestra, this will also be the band’s only performance this year.

Tickets £25- £35 (+ booking fee)

Young Barbican (subject to availability) £10

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Monday 8 July 2019

Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps

The Hall, Barbican Centre

Performing their expansive ambient record Riceboy Sleeps ten years since its creation, Jónsi & Alex showcase the album in full for its first ever European performance.

Played live with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the layers of dense strings, humming reverb and sampled chimes are fully accentuated. A satisfyingly rich piece of music which consumes its listener in a bath of sound.

Riceboy Sleeps was the name the partners adopted for their creative ventures together as visual artists, writers and musicians. This first, and only, record was recorded entirely acoustically at their home in Iceland while Jónsi’s band Sigur Rós were on hiatus, and was expanded into one of the most ambitious ambient classical works of music of the noughties.

Tickets £25- £35 (+ booking fee)

Young Barbican (subject to availabilty) £10

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Tuesday 24 September 2019

Erased Tapes x LCO: Rival Consoles

The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

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. 

#3 / September 2019 / Rival Consoles

Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles at this performance, one of a series bringing Erased Tapes artists together with London Contemporary Orchestra.

Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, explores themes of in-between states in his latest album Persona, inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name. The image in the opening credits of a child reaching out to touch a woman’s face on a screen, shifting between one face and another, inspired an exploration of the persona, the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us.

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

Evening performance: £15.

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Friday 6 December 2019

Erased Tapes x LCO: Hatis Noit

The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

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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