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Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Mark Bowden’s new saxophone concerto is inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s bestselling history of humankind, Sapiens.

It forms part of a fascinating evening exploring links between musical composition and literature, presented by journalist and writer Bidisha.

The concert also features the world premiere of Colin Matthews’ As Time Returns, a setting of poems by Czech poet Ivan Blatný who was exiled to England in 1948, and Oliver Knussen's Songs Without Voices.

Find food for thought in this varied evening of music and discussion.


London Sinfonietta
Jessica Cottis conductor
Simon Haram saxophone
George Humphreys baritone
Bidisha presenter


-: Opening work to be announced
Mark Bowden: Sapiens (Concerto for saxophone & ensemble) (World premiere)
Knussen: Songs without voices - 4 pieces for 8 players
Colin Matthews: As Time Returns (settings of poetry by Ivan Blatny) (World premiere)

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Purcell Room


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Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall at 9.30pm, post-concert talk. Composers Mark Bowden and Colin Matthews discuss their new works and literary inspirations with Bidisha. Admission free.