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Philip Glass' David Bowie Symphonies 2019

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with David Bowie in this in-depth study day.

Over their more than half a century of friendship and professional collaboration, Philip Glass wrote two symphonies based on David Bowie’s albums (Symphony No.1 ‘Low’ and Symphony No.4 ‘Heroes’). But Glass maintains that ‘The two symphonies were of course originally intended to be part of a trilogy...’.

Now, to celebrate the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12 and the completion of his
trilogy of David Bowie symphonies, we explore Glass’ music including Symphonies No.1 and No.4,
along with what we know about Glass’ new Symphony No.12.

Hosted by Southbank Centre Director of Music Gillian Moore, we take an in-depth look at the music, the stories and the people behind it, with live music and expert guest speakers: composer and musicologist Soosan Lolavar, journalist and Bowie biographer Paul Trynka and singer-songwriter, producer and composer Bishi. We are also joined by key performers from the Thursday 9 May concert: organist James McVinnie and conductors Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt.

This study day complements the London Contemporary Orchestra’s performance of Philip Glass’ David Bowie-inspired symphonies on Thursday 9 May 2019, including the European premiere of Glass’ symphony No.12, co-commissioned by Southbank Centre.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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