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. 


Friday 27 March 2020

Organ Reframed: Anna von Hausswolff + Abul Mogard + Ipek Gorgun

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

On the 27th March 2020 the fourth annual Organ Reframed returns to Union Chapel with a programme packed full of innovative music. Alongside headline performances, the two-day international festival will also feature talks, masterclasses, an interactive soundscape and family-friendly workshops.

Organ Reframed launches on the Friday evening with three new works composed and performed by artists known for redefining their fields: Anna von Hausswolff  – renowned for her gothic organ creations; enigma Abul Mogard – a synth visionary; and Ipek Gorgun – a composer of energetic, textural masterpieces. All three works for organ, electronics and the LCO will push Union Chapel’s sonic possibilities to the extreme.

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Saturday 28 March 2020

Organ Reframed: Chris Watson + Claire M Singer

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN.

The Organ Reframed festival concludes on Saturday evening with the world premiere of Voci del Vento by Chris Watson and Claire M Singer. This collaborative work will combine organ, field recordings, modular synths, the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir to transport audiences on an epic journey from pole to pole.

Chris Watson, is a founding member of the influential experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. He is famously known for his recording of wildlife sound for David Attenborough’s documentaries and his ground-breaking work on Grammy nominated Chernobyl. His 2003 release Weather Report was voted as one of the 100 best albums to hear before you die by The Guardian.

Claire M Singer, founder of Organ Reframed is known for her experimental approach to the organ and her critically acclaimed releases on the prolific experimental label Touch. Her debut album Solas was described as ‘… timeless and genuinely magical’ – The Quietus.

Organ Reframed is brought to you by Union Chapel Project, in partnership with the London Contemporary Orchestra and Spitfire Audio with generous support from Arts Council England and the Institute of Physics.

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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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