London Contemporary Orchestra

19 –⁠ 20 Mar 2021, from 4.45pm
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The innovative ensemble presents orchestral versions of new electronic masterpieces and a UK premiere.

The London Contemporary Orchestra redefines the role of the orchestra in the modern world with their interpretations of striking electronic releases from 2020.

The orchestra has been commissioned to reinterpret the hypnotic electronics of Kelly Lee Owens' version of ‘Arpeggi’ by Radiohead and the immersive poignancy of Duval Timothy’s ‘Look’.

These meditative pieces accompany the first UK performance of a magnum opus from Sigur Rós guitarist Kjartan Sveinsson.

Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen (‘The Explosive Sonics of Divinity’) is described by Sveinsson as a ‘four-act opera’. This rare first-time performance brings out two major influences on Sveinsson’s approach to composition, the natural landscape of his home country, Iceland, and the explosive sounds of Sigur Rós.

Leading vocal groups VOCES8 and Apollo5 perform world premiere arrangements of music by two of Iceland's most-loved contemporary music artists.

Robert Ames reconstructs 'Ascent' by the Oscar-winning composer behind the 2019 Joker score, Hildur Gudnadóttir, and 'momentary' by Ólafur Arnalds.

Supported by Arts Council England.

  • London Contemporary Orchestra
  • Robert Ames conductor
  • VOCES8
  • Apollo5
  • Duval Timothy: Look arr. Robert Ames for orchestra (World premiere)
  • Hildur Gudnadóttir: Ascent arr. Robert Ames for chorus (World premiere)
  • Kelly Lee Owens: Arpeggi arr. Robert Ames & Ben Corrigan for orchestra (World premiere)
  • Ólafur Arnalds: momentary arr. Geoff Lawson for chorus (World premiere)
  • Kjartan Sveinsson: Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen (UK premiere)

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Dates & times

19 – 20 Mar

First broadcast: 19 Mar, 7.30pm GMT, available for 24 hours

Europe: 8.30pm CET, available for 24 hours
Australia and Asia: 6.30am AEDT, available for 24 hours
USA and Canada: 11.30am PT / 2.30pm ET, available for 24 hours



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