Falling on the last weekend of Southbank Centre's year-long The Rest Is Noise festival, we bring their story bang up to date with four sets of brand new music from today's most cutting edge composers. Twelve world premieres include major London Sinfonietta commissions from Edmund Finnis and Francisco Coll, alongside UK premieres of works by Rebecca Saunders and Simon Steen-Andersen.
For those of you with a curious mind and adventurous streak, seek out a string of solo performances in Southbank Centre’s most hidden backstage spaces, each transformed into an art installation by students from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
How different will this festival be in ten years’ time? To debate what’s next for classical music, we assemble the UK’s most important musical minds – audiences, performers, composers like George Benjamin, and journalists from Tom Service to Charlotte Higgins, chief arts writer at the Guardian. Curated by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of their Bicentenary celebrations.
TALKS AND DEBATES: 12pm / Purcell Room Stage
New Music, What Next?
Charlotte Higgins, chief arts writer for The Guardian, chairs a discussion looking at the current state of classical contemporary music. How will concert presentation, performance and programming develop over future years? What will composers be doing differently? The panel will include writer Paul Morley, cellist Zoë Martlew and Chief Executive of London Sinfonietta Andrew Burke.
SET 1: 1.15pm / Purcell Room Stage
Geoff Hannan Lifeblood (world premiere and London Sinfonietta commission)
Samantha Fernando Positive/Negative Space (world premiere and London Sinfonietta commission)
Matthew Kaner Chants (world premiere and London Sinfonietta commission)
Tristan Rhys Williams reduction form (world premiere and London Sinfonietta commission)
SET 2: 2.15pm / Queen Elizabeth Hall Stage
Mark Simpson Straw Dogs (London premiere)
Simon Steen-Andersen Chambered Music (UK premiere)
Francisco Coll Ad Marginem (world premiere and London Sinfonietta commission)
TALKS AND DEBATES: 3.30pm / Queen Elizabeth Hall Stage
Constants and Variables – Which Future for Music?
At the end of the RPS Bicentenary year, composer George Benjamin and writer Tom Service discuss the future of classical composition. Is there a new sound genre in the making? Is there a more global aesthetic or are there still national differences? How are musical styles evolving? Join two of the UK’s foremost musical thinkers and contribute to the debate.
SET 3: 5pm / Free Stage
Sinfonietta Shorts New works by today’s leading composers commissioned, premiered and released by the London Sinfonietta. Available for download from NMC Recordings at nmcrec.co.uk.
Harrison Birtwistle Duet 3
Mark Bowden Parable
Jonathan Harvey Little Duo
Dai Fujikura es
Anna Meredith Axeman
SET 4: 6pm / Queen Elizabeth Hall Stage
Rebecca Saunders Stirrings (UK premiere)
Edmund Finnis Seeing is Flux (world premiere and London Sinfonietta commission)
Marko Nikodijevic music box / self portrait with Ligeti and Stravinsky (and Messiaen is also present) (UK premiere)
HIDDEN: throughout the day
New solo works by Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Adam Fergler, Amber Priestley, Andrew Thomas and Gregory Emfietzis. Art installations by students from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
Hidden tours are organised on a first-come, first-served basis on the day, and are open to The New Music Show ticket holders only. Sign-up at the London Sinfonietta desk next to the box office.
Presented by the London Sinfonietta as part of Southbank Centre's The Rest is Noise festival, inspired by Alex Ross' book of the same name. Supported by The Holst Foundation
Baldur Brönnimann conductor
Sound Intermedia sound projection
Tom Service presenter
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Hidden tours will be organised on a first-come-first-served basis on the day, and are open only to ticket holders for The New Music Show.