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Philharmonia Orchestra - The Song of the Children of the Stars

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

The Philharmonia Orchestra performs an inspiring new orchestral work by Unsuk Chin as part of a programme of sonically adventurous music.

Mystical, echoing, otherworldly, Unsuk Chin’s Le Chant des Enfants des Étoiles (The Song of the Children of the Stars) is scored for symphony orchestra, choir, children's choir and organ. Chin takes inspiration from the idea that `all humans are stardust’, formed from cosmic explosions billions of years ago and draws on texts from 20th-century poets exploring galactic and natural phenomena.

The concert opens with an extraordinary work by 17th-century composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, a programmatic `battle’ piece that steps outside traditions of tonality.

`From its opening bars the music pulled the audience into the endless abyss of the cosmos, soon filling the whole concert hall with magnificent echoes. It was like taking a spacewalk into the infinite universe.’
Chosun Ilbo (South Korea)

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Philharmonia Voices
children's choir to be announced

Repertoire

Biber: Battalia à 10 in D
Beethoven: Symphony No.2
Interval
Unsuk Chin: Le chant des enfants des étoiles for children's choir, chorus, organ & orchestra (European premiere)

Dates & times

15 Apr 2018
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£11 - £55
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£11, £18, £27, £35, £42, £55

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 -– 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2017/18 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats.

Concessions

50% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert event. Music of Today. Admission free.

Ticketing
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.

3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)

These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts: Christmas Classics (10 Dec 2017) and December Carols at Christmas (14 Dec 2017).