Saturday 9 May 2015 from 6pm


Queen Elizabeth Hall


Song about hopes for society

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What will the General Election of 2015 bring?

On Saturday 9 May – the weekend after polling day – we premiere 16 songs by composers considering the society they hope to see. 

Co-curated by the London Sinfonietta with Matthew Herbert and the Royal Philharmonic Society, and part of Southbank Centre’s Changing Britain festival.


6pm set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall:
Kerry Andrew writing on the NHS
Jordan Hunt writing on the power of optimism
Gavin Higgins writing on the impact of the bedroom tax
Benjamin Oliver and poet Luke Wright writing on loneliness and isolation
Emma-Ruth Richards writing on sex trafficking

7.15pm debate in the foyer

8pm set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall:
Michael Finnissy writing on education and dumbing-down
Emily Hall writing on climate change
writing on alienation
Gwyneth Herbert writing on creativity in education
Matthew Herbert writing on the value of words
Shabaka Hutchings writing on political apathy
Colin Matthews and writer Jackie Kay writing on the value of the arts
Philip Venables and performance artist David Hoyle writing on gender and revolution
Ian Vine writing on understanding and compassion
John Woolrich writing on money, killing and singing
Jason Yarde writing on homelessness

Samira Ahmed presenter
Andrew Gourlay conductor
Juliet Fraser soprano
Cleveland Watkiss singer
Duncan Tarboton treble
Luke Wright poet
Sound Intermedia sound projection
Duncan Macmillan dramaturg
Eleanor Gussman producer
Matthew Herbert co-curator
Matthew Kaner orchestrator
London Sinfonietta

The views expressed by tonight’s music and words are the opinions of the artists who created them. 

Some of the pieces include adult language and ideas which may cause offence.

We're commissioning over 16 diverse composers to be part of this project, and you can help make it happen. From just £200, you can allocate your support to Notes to the New Government and be named on a final score of your choosing, as well as in the programme for the world premiere performances.

Contact Development Manager, Harriet Findlay for more information on: / 020 7239 9340

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
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