Classical music

Absolute Bird Australian Birdsong

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Lose yourself in the outback with birdsong-inspired music from City of London Sinfonia, featuring the UK premiere of Hollis Taylor’s Absolute Bird.

Arranged for solo recorder and chamber orchestra, this performance of Absolute Bird showcases the perceptive recorder playing of Genevieve Lacey.

The concert also features an immersive ‘forest of Australian birdsong’ via audience mobile apps

Hollis Taylor is a field musicologist, ornithologist and composer who explores the meeting point between music and nature.


City of London Sinfonia
Jessica Cottis conductor
Alexandra Wood director, violin
Genevieve Lacey recorder


Hollis Taylor: Absolute Bird for 6 voices & field recordings
Vivaldi: Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C, RV.443
Erkki-Sven Tuur: Recorder Concerto (Whistles and Whispers from Uluru)
-: Veljo Tormis: Choral works to be announced
Rebel: Les élémens (Simphonie nouvelle)
Hollis Taylor: Absolute Bird for recorder & chamber orchestra (UK premiere)

Dates & times

3 May 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £30
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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