Hypnotic and reflective, energetic and rhythmic, the varied colours of the saxophone are combined with a focus on our breathing in Toby Young’s immersive saxophone concerto.
Taking its inspiration from baroque music infused with crossover-classical vibes, Breathlines is performed by Amy Dickson alongside an ensemble of baroque strings, recorders, electronics and solo voices from Armonico Consort.
Guided by Dickson, a Grammy-nominated classical saxophonist, the audience are encouraged to listen to the music and think about their own breathing in a connected way.
The subconscious process of breathing, that we undertake thousands of times a day, has become a focus of attention for many during the pandemic.
A haven of tranquillity, this is an opportunity to stop, think and enjoy, in the midst of today’s breathlessly busy world.
Need to know
This event is free, but ticketed. Seating is unallocated and tickets don’t guarantee entry: admission is on a first come, first served basis for those with tickets. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
This 15-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.
Dates & times
- Standard entryFree, but ticketed
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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines). There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.
Pre-booking online is recommended. Check our website on the day for returns. There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our Visitor Assistants on entry.
Some free events don't require a ticket. Found an event labelled FREE on our website with no way to book? Simply turn up on the day.
Find out all you need to know about tickets, including concessions, group bookings, returns and more via the link below.
An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.
A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.
The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.
The Queen Elizabeth Hall cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the Queen Elizabeth Hall, so please leave large bags at home.
Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site.
For step-free access to Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.
For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating row A and all wheelchair spaces please enter via the Artist Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).
For lift access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden please use the Roof Garden Lift in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).
Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.