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The story of a new era


London Sinfonietta players in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1970

What would the future hold without new music? What if all we ever heard were the same 10 symphonies again and again? “A civilisation that conserves”, said Boulez, “is one that will decay because it is afraid of going forward”. Now in our 50th year, the London Sinfonietta has never been afraid to take risks. Join us for an exclusive conversation with co-founders David Atherton and Nicholas Snowman and Principal Pianist John Constable as they look back at how the orchestra first came to life, chaired by Fiona Maddocks. Part of the Kings Place Turning Points series, here we explore our own turning point: how two forward-thinking individuals set in motion one of the most pioneering musical organisations in Britain. The evening will also include archive footage and chamber music from the ensemble’s early programming.

Arnold Schoenberg Phantasy
Anton Webern Drei Kleine Stücke
Olivier Messiaen Le Merle Noir
Maurice Ravel Piece en forme de habanera
Sir Harrison BIrtwistle Verses
Edgard Varese Density 21.5
Igor Stravinsky movements from The Soldiers Tale

David Atherton speaker
Nicholas Snowman speaker
John Constable piano, speaker
Fiona Maddocks presenter
London Sinfonietta

Listen to Olivier Messiaen's La Merle Noir



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  • £12.50, £9.50 online savers

    Venue: (view map)

    Kings Place
    90 York Way
    N1 9AG
    United Kingdom

    Box Office No:
    020 7520 1490