classical music

London Contemporary Orchestra & Rival Consoles

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

London-based composer and electronic producer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles performs a new work for 16 string players, alongside a performance by Claire M Singer.

In this performance, an AI installation inspired by the visual art of Bridget Riley responds to the sound of the LCO playing Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece Rushes.

The installation is the product of the orchestra’s recent experimentation with artificial intelligence, imagery and music, and is influenced by the perceptual effects of Riley’s work. It is triggered by the music in tonight’s concert.

Rival Consoles returns to Southbank Centre after a sold-out live premiere in September 2019 as part of our Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes x LCO series.

Gordon’s monolithic work Rushes is an hour-long wall of sound made up of pulsating, hypnotic, and slowly shifting patterns, performed by an instrumental ensemble of seven bassoons.

The audience is flanked on each side by the musicians of the LCO, with their focus directed to reactive visuals that examine the limits of perception and the way the mind receives and perceives sensory information.

Claire M Singer is a composer, producer and performer whose debut album for organ, cello and electronics was dubbed ‘genuinely magical’ by The Quietus.

Tonight Singer, known for her experimental approach to the organ, performs gleann ciùin with the LCO.

The piece was commissioned and first performed by the orchestra in the 2019 New Music Biennial.


London Contemporary Orchestra
Claire M Singer organ
Ryan Lee West (Rival Consoles)


Michael Gordon: Rushes for 7 bassoons
Claire M Singer: gleann ciùin for organ & orchestra
Ryan Lee West (Rival Consoles): New and existing works (orchestrated by Robert Ames)

Dates & times

17 Jan 2020
Approximate run time: 135 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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