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London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta is a contemporary music ensemble resident at London's Southbank Centre. It commissions and promotes new work at home and abroad. Our funding subsidises concerts and commissions and supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £495,732
  • 2013-2014: £507,134
  • 2014-2015: £521,321

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Larry Goves - Extracts of South Korea and Japan 2002 (London Sinfonietta)

'Extracts of South Korea and Japan 2002' was commissioned as part of the Sinfonietta Shorts series for World Premiere Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Performed by Principal Oboe, Gareth Hulse. "This piece is inspired by Matthew Welton’s long poem South Korea and Japan 2002 (Carcanet 2009). In his poem Welton takes the description of each fixture of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and replaces every word with one of his own that starts with the same letter. The results are a world away from the original text. "Starting with the idea of reading silently, reading aloud and singing I have applied my own systems to this text to make a short musical work even more removed from the original source material." - Goves

Dillon: Stabat Mater dolorosa

“A Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival highlight… beautiful, distant and compelling" **** The Guardian (on the world premiere in November). One of the most celebrated but least performed composers in the UK, James Dillon has described his music as like ‘stepping into the magic circle'. In this, the London premiere of his new work for choir, ensemble and electronics, Dillon explores the myth surrounding one of the most important texts in Biblical history, the Stabat Mater Dolorosa. Combining the original Latin text with excerpts from an essay by radical feminist writer Julie Kristeva, John Donne’s A Valediction and even a letter to Picasso from his mother, this contemporary rendering of Mary’s lamentation at the foot of the cross will have a powerful, expressive impact. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3, hcmf// and Casa da Música Porto. #Dillon

Alternative Visions Trailer

Wednesday 10 December, BFI Southbank. The BFI’s major season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, plays host to a meeting of music and film. Five solo voyages have been specially written by emerging composers for double bass, cello, tuba, viola and flute, each brought to the screen by artists at Central Saint Martins. All five films will be premiered over an hour-long screening, accompanied live by the London Sinfonietta soloists.

London Sinfonietta Academy 2014 - Silbury Air Performance Guide

Silbury Air by Sir Harrison Birtwistle Performance Guide

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Birtwistle: A Celebration

Friday 5 December londonsinfonietta.org.uk #birtwistlebirthday

Romitelli: An Index of Metals

Experience opera as you've never known it. Wednesday 8 October at 8pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. http://bit.ly/1wvZUlo

Tom Coult - Like a Cool Glass of Water

Composer Tom Coult talks about writing Études 3 & 4 as part of the Sinfonietta Shorts series which were premiered at World Premiere Wednesday on 23rd July 2014 by Jonathan Morton.

Hysteresis - a new clarinet concerto by Michel van der Aa

Experience the world premiere performance on Wednesday 30 April, 7.30pm at Southbank Centre. Book now: http://www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/event/van-der-aa-here

Van der Aa: Here

BOOK NOW: http://www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/event/van-der-aa-here On Wednesday 30 April 2014, the London Sinfonietta performs the UK premiere of Michel van der Aa's 'Here Trilogy' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

Steen-Andersen: Black Box Music

Experience it live - Wednesday 12 March, Queen Elizabeth Hall www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/black-box-music

RUNTIME ERROR

Part of STEEN-ANDERSEN: BLACK BOX MUSIC Wednesday 12 March 7.30pm | Queen Elizabeth Hall www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/black-box-music

Haas: in vain

A round up of two premiere performances of Georg Friedrich Haas' 'in vain'.

Ballads of Blood

London Sinfonietta's Blue Touch Paper programme nurtures and promotes the next generation of composers and inter-disciplinary collaborators. The Blue Touch Paper preview event on 14 May 2013 at Village Underground showcased the culmination of a year-long collaboration between 3 groups of composers and multi-disciplinary artists. This short film features Ballads of Blood by Luke Carver Goss and Jacob Polley, including performance footage and interviews with the collaborators. Ballads of Blood calls on the power of the traditional ballad form to tell the dark, contemporary tale of a teenage stabbing on London's streets. Video produced by Wash Media. Blue Touch Paper is delivered in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

I Know Waiting

London Sinfonietta's Blue Touch Paper programme nurtures and promotes the next generation of composers and inter-disciplinary collaborators. The Blue Touch Paper preview event on 14 May 2013 at Village Underground showcased the culmination of a year-long collaboration between 3 groups of composers and multi-disciplinary artists. This short film features I Know Waiting by Dan Stern and Aurelian Koch, including performance footage and interviews with the collaborators. I Know Waiting explores the passing of time through live music, prerecorded sound and use of physical space, inspired by two recent stories from South Africa. Video produced by Wash Media. Blue Touch Paper is delivered in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Gallup Memo

London Sinfonietta's Blue Touch Paper programme nurtures and promotes the next generation of composers and inter-disciplinary collaborators. The Blue Touch Paper preview event on 14 May 2013 at Village Underground showcased the culmination of a year-long collaboration between 3 groups of composers and multi-disciplinary artists. This short film features Gallup Memo by Ed Jessen and Joseph Alford, including performance footage and interviews with the collaborators. Gallup Memo redefines the relationship of music to drama through a scene adapted from a 1940s radio play first broadcast by Orson Wells. Video produced by Wash Media. Blue Touch Paper is delivered in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

RSVP

In the spirit of James Tenney's 'Postal Pieces' we are asking you to write a piece of your own. All we ask is that it fits on the back of a postcard. Visit www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/rsvp to find out more.

Mauricio Kagel: The Pieces of the Compass Rose - What did you think?

Here's what you thought of our concert featuring Mauricio Kagel's 'The Pieces of the Compass Rose' on Saturday 1 June at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall.[0:10]

Mauricio Kagel: 'The Pieces of the Compass Rose' - Percussion competition

Win the chance to attend a pre-concert demonstration with Principal Percussionist David Hockings on Saturday 1 June at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Visit www.facebook.com/londonsinfonietta for full details.

In Portrait: Luke Bedford - What did you think?

Here's what you thought of our Luke Bedford concert on Wednesday 22 May at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. The concert featured two premieres and a discussion with Luke himself on stage in the second half.

In Portrait: Luke Bedford

On 22 May, the London Sinfonietta will be performing the world premiere of Luke Bedford's 'Renewal', at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, alongside the UK premiere of his 'Wonderful No-Headed Nightingale'. In this video, Luke Bedford discusses his works, as well as the influence of Gérard Grisey, whose piece 'Périodes'' from 'Les Espaces Acoustiques' completes the programme.

London Sinfonietta Academy 2012

The London Sinfonietta Academy is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging performers to train with the world's leading contemporary music ensemble. This documentary provides an insight into the week long course of rehearsals masterclasses, culminating in a public performance. The students worked with London Sinfonietta Principal Players as well as conductor Elgar Howarth and focused on Oliver Knussen's piece 'Coursing'. Contents: I.Introduction [1:08] II. Inspiration [2:49] III. Preparation [3:43] IV. Rhythm [6:57] V. Unison [8:28] VI. Comprehending Coursing [10:24] Video producer De Novo Arts Special thanks to Elgar Howarth, the London Sinfonietta Principal Players and all of the Academy students.

Conlon Nancarrow: Impossible Brilliance

A trailer for the London Sinfonietta's 'Conlon Nancarrow:Impossible Brilliance' concert, curated by Andrew Burke and Dominic Murcott. London Sinfonietta, conducted by Baldur Brönnimann (Assistant Conductor Ben Gernon) Rex Lawson - pianola Netia Jones/Lightmap - video projection design Video created by Wash Media.

Blue Touch Paper work-in-progress preview: The Revenge of Miguel Cotto

London Sinfonietta's Blue Touch Paper programme nurtures and promotes the next generation of composers and inter-disciplinary collaborators. The Blue Touch Paper preview event on 16 May 2012 at Village Underground showcased the culmination of a year-long collaboration between 3 groups of composers and multi-disciplinary artists. This film features a work in progress preview of The Revenge of Miguel Cotto by Steven J Fowler & Philip Venables exploring the violence, sanctioned by society, that is boxing, through music and poetry. The Revenge of Miguel Cotto: Graham Lee trombone Tony Boorer trombone Simon Baker trombone Laurent Quenelle violin Joan Atherton violin * Miranda Fulleylove violin Oliver Lowe percussion Serge Vuille percussion Ian Watson accordion Richard Baker conductor Leigh Melrose vocalist Alexander Robin Baker vocalist Sound Intermedia sound projection * * London Sinfonietta Principal player Video produced by De Novo Arts. Blue Touch Paper is delivered in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Blue Touch Paper work-in-progress preview: Half of Me

London Sinfonietta's Blue Touch Paper programme nurtures and promotes the next generation of composers and inter-disciplinary collaborators. The Blue Touch Paper preview event on 16 May 2012 at Village Underground showcased the culmination of a year-long collaboration between 3 groups of composers and multi-disciplinary artists. This film features a work in progress preview of Half of Me, a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Persephone, experimenting how effects from early animated film could transfer to the art of puppetry, integrated with live musical performance by Elspeth Brooke, Seonaid Goody & Anna Jones. 100 Combat Troupes: Simon Haram saxophone * Torbjorn Hultmark trumpet  Joely Koos cello  Enno Senft double bass * David Hockings percussion *  Oliver Lowe percussion Cara Curran singer  Adam de la Cour actor Jüri Nael actor James Scott actor Kirstin Smith actor Sound Intermedia sound projection * * London Sinfonietta Principal player Video produced by De Novo Arts. Blue Touch Paper is delivered in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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