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    LPO Debut Sounds: Bunker Music

    Wed 30 Jun, 6.30pm
    Royal Festival Hall
    Classical music
    past event
    Brett Dean, composer
    ©Bettina Stöß

    Jack Sheen conducts the world premieres of five works inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic for the 2021 edition of Debut Sounds.

    In this event recognising up-and-coming talent, the music is written by the participants in the 2020/21 LPO Young Composers programme.

    The works are performed by an ensemble including members of the Foyle Future Firsts development scheme for aspiring orchestral players, as well as musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    For Brett Dean – Composer-in-Residence at the London Philharmonic Orchestra – it is the culmination of a year spent mentoring the LPO Young Composers in a series of seminars and workshops.

    Before these world premieres, hear another work inspired by a global pandemic – the final movement of Milhaud's Sonata for flute, oboe, clarinet & piano.

    Darius Milhaud was himself a young composer when he wrote this emotional work in 1918, a dirge lamenting the victims of a deadly outbreak of Spanish flu in Rio, where he lived at the time.

    • Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts
    • Jack Sheen conductor *
    • Milhaud: Douloureux (4th movement) from Sonata for flute, oboe, clarinet & piano, Op.47
    • Geoffrey King: patina (this is truly a golden age) (World premiere)
    • Alexander Tay: Witherbud (World premiere)
    • Pawel Malinowski: declined/restored\elapsed (World premiere)
    • Robin Haigh: SLEEPTALKER (World premiere)
    • Sun Keting: that which is unseen ... (World premiere)

    Need to know

    * Please note change of conductor.
    Jack Sheen replaces Brett Dean at short notice.

    Dates & times

    Wed 30 Jun, 6.30pm
    Approximate run time: 60 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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