Then & Now
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.
- London Sinfonietta
- Sian Edwards conductor
- Ella Taylor soprano
- Luke Lewis: The echoes return slow for 9 players & electronics (World premiere)
- Alicia Jane Turner: Tell me when you get home for soprano & ensemble (World premiere)
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For ages 18+
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:
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Solace (0808 802 5565)
Galop (National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428; LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline: 0207 704 2040)
The performance contains three instances of full lighting black-out.
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