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    Divergent Sounds

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    Sun 14 May, 4pm & 7pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £1 - £10*
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    Amble Skuse’s soundscapes, played by City of London Sinfonia, build on conversations with neurodivergent people to explore their experience and identity.

    The composer’s works are based on a series of focus groups with neurodivergent people, and have been produced in collaboration with a neurodivergent steering panel.

    The soundscapes weave together musical interpretations of neurodivergent perceptions and experiences with recorded excerpts of voices from the focus groups.

    The Divergent Sounds project explores ways in which neurodivergent people's brains may work differently, and the strengths and challenges that come with being neurodivergent in a neurotypical world.

    The discussions and themes that emerged throughout the project were reviewed by dramaturg Jen McGregor and composer Amble Skuse. Divergent Sounds is a collaboration between King’s College London and City of London Sinfonia. A recording of the piece will be available to watch after the performance.

    This project is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust

    Performers
    • City of London Sinfonia
    • Jack Sheen conductor
    • Stephanie Lamprea soprano
    • Jen McGregor dramaturg, libretto
    Repertoire
    • Amble Skuse: Divergent Sounds (World premiere)

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 7+

    This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL). The BSL interpretation is by Peter Abraham (subject to change).

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    There are two quiet rooms available at the venue for those who wish to use them before, during or after the concert.

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    Contains depictions of sensory overload.

    Dates & times

    Sun 14 May, 4pm & 7pm

    Approximate run time: 1 hour 15 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    £1 - £10*

    This performance is pay what you can,  with a suggested price of £10.

    *Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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    Queen Elizabeth Hall

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