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    Wed 23 Aug, 7.30pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
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    Supriya Nagarajan wearing a pink sari sitting down with a microphone and smiling.

    Examine the diversity of sound in MELTWATER, a haunting 60-minute composition focusing on the melting of a polar ice cap.

    MELTWATER is a music piece that uses the amazing diversity of sound created by ice sheets turning back into water; running streams, crashing ice and rain combine with evocative Indian vocals and instrumentation to create an impactful performance.

    MELTWATER is framed by a backdrop of melting glaciers, filmed by Richard Sidey.

    The performance is the culmination of Manasamitra’s ‘Terrarium’ project, which worked with local communities in the UK, India, Indonesia and Portugal to elicit personal narratives of the impact of flood and drought.

    Composer and vocalist Supriya Nagarajan is joined for a post-show Q&A with Dr Natasha Barlow.

    Dr Natasha Barlow is an Associate Professor of environmental and sea-level change at the University of Leeds, and is currently running a major European research project on sea-level change. She is leader of the international PALaeo SEA level and ice sheets (PALSEA) working group and her research has been included in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

    • Supriya Nagarajan vocals
    • Karin de Fleyt flute
    • Lucy Nolan harp
    • Simon Limbrick marimba
    • Duncan Chapman electronics
    • Supriya Nagarajan: Meltwater

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    This event is a Relaxed Performance (RP).

    Relaxed Performances have a relaxed approach to noise and movement in the space, and you are free to enter and exit during the performances. A chill-out space and noise-cancelling headphones are available for both adults and children. There are no adjustments to sound and lighting for these performances.

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    This event consists of 60 mins of performance followed by a 30-minute talk.

    Dates & times

    Wed 23 Aug, 7.30pm

    Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.

    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£15*
    • Concessions25%**

    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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    Purcell Room

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    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 and Purcell Room cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the venues, so please leave large bags at home.

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    Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

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