classical music
contemporary classical

Panopticon

Part of New Music Biennial

The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha.

Every attack on the string of the instrument has a consequence on the rest of the players.

Each beat triggers a ripple, much like a stone dropped into a still lake, which eventually reaches the strings: they reflect and magnify its effects.

The cimbalom also governs pulse and dynamic and, through its careful exploration of the natural harmonics available on its lowest string, plots the entire course of the piece.

The word ‘panopticon’ is usually associated with an 18th-century design concept for a circular prison. Cells were arranged around a central well, from which prisoners could be observed at all times.

Performers

Psappha Ensemble

Repertoire

David Fennessy: Panopticon (World premiere)

Dates & times

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where

Purcell Room

Pricing

Free, but ticketed

need to know

Event information
The 15-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer from 10am for audience members.

Ticketing
Tickets do not guarantee entry and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those with tickets. Please ensure you arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.