Composer Alex Paxton’s kaleidoscopic new piece is a busy and sensually colourful tapestry that depicts many different aspects of our society.
The work is inspired by Bruegel and Ody Saban paintings and Grayson Perry’s Walthamstow Tapestry.
Written to include the sound from a series of improvisatory workshops with local schoolchildren, the piece is a riot of colour in sound.
Alongside this, the premiere of an important new commission from American composer, performer and scholar of experimental music George Lewis.
Alex Paxton’s work was created as part of the London Sinfonietta’s Writing the Future composer development scheme.
- London Sinfonietta
- Tim Anderson conductor
- Alex Paxton trombone
- Claire Chase flute
- Martin France jazz drum kit
- The Belham Primary School Choir
- Alex Paxton: Candyfolk SpaceDrum (World premiere)
- George Lewis: Emergent; The Deformation of Mastery (World premiere)
Need to know
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer: Artists’ Bar. Join us after the London Sinfonietta’s performance to hear behind-the-scenes insights from a selection of artists. Admission free.
Dates & times
Approximate run time: 110 mins.
- Standard entry£15 – £22*
* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.
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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.
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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.
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