Iannis Xenakis Nuits*
The London Sinfonietta fused the finest contemporary music with audio-visuals and performing arts to offer a window onto conflicts past and present, in this first concert of the 2010/11 Music Programme.
In an unflinching tale of hope and redemption, Rolf Wallin and Josse de Pauw's Strange News brought the reality of life for the world’s 250,000 child soldiers into the concert hall. Rolf Wallin's moving orchestral score weaves music with Josse de Pauw's video footage and the words of former young fighters performed live on stage by Ugandan actor Arthur Kisenyi. An on-screen cameo by well-known journalist and presenter Jon Snow completed this powerful piece of concert theatre.
The Exaudi singers joined the London Sinfonietta in the concert’s first half to explore two contemporary insights into violent moments in history. Michael Finnissy sets surviving accounts of an Anglo-Saxon war saga to his haunting modern sound in a rare live performance of Maldon.
Iannis Xenakis’s Nuits is a modern take on a classical Greek tragedy dedicated to 1960s political prisoners in his native Greece.
Join London Sinfonietta for Strange News for music that gets to the heart of the world’s most emotive issues.
Take Note: Pre-concert discussion
Rolf Wallin joined a panel to discuss the place of music in developing our awareness of world issues. Chaired by Simon Bucknall for Speakers Bank, the panel also consisted of representatives from the other Strange News Supporter Partners, including:
Director, Christian Relief Network
Participation and Governance Programme Development Advisor, VSO
Head of Corporate and Donor Fundraising, War Child
Director, Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
International Programme Manager, Africa Foundation Stone
Baldur Brönnimann conductor
James Weeks conductor*
Leigh Melrose baritone
Arthur Kisenyi narrator
Exaudi vocal ensemble
Jon Snow newsreader
Sound Intermedia sound projection