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Then & Now

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Sun 6 Feb 2022, 7.45pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
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Luke Lewis, composer, arranger & conductor

The London Sinfonietta premieres works by Luke Lewis and Alicia Jane Turner, created as part of the ensemble’s Writing the Future composer development scheme.

Inspired by ethnomusicologist and song collector Alan Lomax, Luke Lewis’ The Echoes Return Slow sparks a conversation between distant lost voices and our collective presents.

Using special speech transcription software to draw out the natural musical cadences of historic recordings of speech, and map them into melody, this innovative process tells the sometimes sad, sometimes jovial songs and tales of old miners.

The voices speak of national identity, striking for better pay and conditions, unemployment, gender roles, language and culture; all themes as relevant today as they were 50 or 100 years ago.

Alicia Jane Turner’s Tell me when you get home is a theatrical and sensory piece for solo soprano and ensemble that explores gendered experiences of walking alone at night.

The immersive staging, influenced by Turner’s background in sound and lighting design, incorporates elements of patriarchal representations of femininity in mythology and horror to take us on a subversive journey into our fear of the dark.

Each composer joins us on stage to discuss the musical ideas behind their work, and how they’ve been influenced by issues affecting society today. Luke Lewis joins us for the pre-concert talk, and Alicia Jane Turner is joining the post-concert talk.

Performers
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Sian Edwards conductor
  • Ella Taylor soprano
Repertoire
  • Luke Lewis: The echoes return slow for 9 players & electronics (World premiere)
  • Interval
  • Alicia Jane Turner: Tell me when you get home for soprano & ensemble (World premiere)
  • : Alicia Jane Turner in discussion

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 18+

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7pm: Pre-concert talk with composer Luke Lewis. Admission free.

The performance contains three instances of full lighting black-out.

Contains adult language and content some audiences may find disturbing. CW: sexual assault, violence.

If you are affected by any of the topics raised in this event, the following organisations can provide help and support:
Rape Crisis (0808 802 9999)
Refuge (0808 2000 247)
Samaritans (116 123)
Women's Aid
Victim Support (0808 168 9111)
Solace (0808 802 5565)
Galop (National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428; LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline: 0207 704 2040)

Dates & times

Sun 6 Feb 2022, 7.45pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 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

  • Standard entry£20*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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Classical Music: Spring/Summer 2022

As part of our classical music multi-buy offer, book multiple Spring/Summer 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 from February until June 2022 inclusive. Offer can't be combined with Autumn/Winter multi-buy.

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Venue

Purcell Room

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Frequently asked questions

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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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