The London Symphony Orchestra explores new and contemporary music 20 – 25 March 2019 with the third LSO Futures, the Orchestra’s festival of contemporary music and pioneering new music, with conductor François-Xavier Roth taking ‘space’ as the focus, exploring works which spill out of the concert hall and into the world.

The highlight concert in this year’s LSO Futures festival is the public domain. The London Symphony Orchestra [LSO] has recruited 500 people from all walks of life and from postcodes across London to take part in the UK premiere of David Lang’s the public domain on 24 March , conducted by LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey.

The performance on 24 March will open a London Symphony Orchestra concert which explores the use of space in the performance of live music. the public domain which is performed throughout the Barbican foyers, is immediately followed by a performance of Philippe Manoury’s Ring, in which members of the LSO perform as they encircle the audience entering the Barbican Hall, creating an extraordinary sound experience. The programme is completed by the world premiere of a new work by Donghoon Shin and Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy conducted by LSO Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth.

Opening LSO Futures on 20 March is Getting it Right?, a one day conference presented by LSO Discovery in collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama exploring creative uses of new technology in the concert hall, opera, improvisation, sound sculpture and more. Celebrated British composer and Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School Julian Anderson convenes the day of talks, debates and seminars whilst Professor George Lewis an American composer, electronic performer, installation artist, trombone player, and scholar in the fields of improvisation and experimental music giving the keynote address.

LSO Discovery present a free lunchtime concert on Friday 22 March with LSO Jerwood Composer Daniel Kidane curates a free concert featuring a string quartet of LSO musicians alongside virtuoso electric guitarist Sean Shibe, Featuring music by Daniel Kidane, Hannah Kendall and Shiva Feshareki.

On 25 March LSO Futures concludes with the Panufnik Composers Workshop. The Panufnik Composers Scheme, now in its eleventh year, annually offers six young composers the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra. During these workshops new three-minute works are rehearsed by François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra. The composers this year are James Hoyle, Joel Järventuausta, Cassie Kinoshi, Lara Poe, Sophya Polevaya, Ido Romano, George Stevenson and Alex Tay. All have received tutorials from Colin Matthews (Composition Director) and input from Christian Mason (Composition Support), as well as support from LSO players and open access to LSO rehearsals and concerts, enabling each composer to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills.

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