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Thu 22 Feb, 7.45pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
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Microphone on a rusty staircase

London Sinfonietta travels to the future with three UK premieres and a favourite past commission.

Sky Macklay’s Microvariations lulls listeners into a false sense of tonality before whisking them on a whistle-stop, microtonal tour of 19th-century European orchestras, ‘a fast-forward and transcontinental sonic truncation and fantasy on’ the journey of British conductor George Thomas Smart and his tuning fork in 1825.

In George Lewis’ lively Tales of the Traveller, the titular character’s travels take place within the limits of imagination: the piece allows a soloist (on any instrument) total free reign to improvise against a notated ensemble part.

After the interval, Katherine Balch’s waste not, a ‘serenade to lost or wasted time’, plays a soprano soloist against four hand-held cassette tape recorders to distort and fragment our memory of the piece even as it is played.

The programme is rounded off by Michel van der Aa’s latest commission for the London Sinfonietta, Shades of Red. It illustrates the different perceived properties of the colour red, alongside a soundtrack which confronts the players with their own warped and distorted sound-world.

Performers
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Jack Sheen conductor
  • Nina Guo soprano
Repertoire
  • Sky Macklay: Microvariations (UK premiere)
  • George Lewis: Tales of the traveller
  • Interval
  • Katherine Balch: waste knot for soprano & ensemble (UK premiere)
  • Michel Van der Aa: Shades of red (UK premiere)

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 7+

Dates & times

Thu 22 Feb, 7.45pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 35 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entryFrom £20*
  • Concessions25%**


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Classical Music: Spring/Summer 2024

As part of our classical music multi-buy offer, book multiple Spring/Summer 2024 concerts in the same transaction to receive a discount:

  • 3 – 4 events: 10% discount
  • 5 – 7 events: 15% discount
  • 8 – 10 events: 20% discount
  • 11 – 14 events: 25% discount
  • 15+ events: 30% discount

Discounts apply to selected events, February – June 24 inclusive. Offer can't be combined with the Autumn/Winter 2023/24 multi-buy.

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Venue

Purcell Room

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Frequently asked questions

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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Toilets

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 phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Cloakroom

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.

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.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

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