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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)


Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Philharmonia Voices
Trinity Boys Choir


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

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Royal Festival Hall


£11 - £55
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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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).

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