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James Dillon: Pharmakeia

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

This event is cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Be there for the London premiere of Pharmakeia, an otherworldly, unnerving fairy tale in a cycle of four movements by Scottish composer James Dillon, with the London Sinfonietta.

Circe transformed the Greek goddess of magic into enchanting musical forms, with moments of suspense, playfulness and mysticism throughout.

Noted in Dillon’s score, the goddess’ particular powers appear as transmutation, illusion and necromancy.

The cycle was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta in celebration of the composer’s 70th birthday, and began with his 2017 work Circe.

Artists from Central St Martins create video art in response to the piece.


London Sinfonietta
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Students from Central St Martins School


James Dillon: Pharmakeia (London premiere)
CSM Students: Film responses to the music

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 150 mins
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    • Thu 3 December 2020
      • 7:30 pm


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £22
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £22


25% off (limited availability)
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