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Sven Helbig x LCO

PAST EVENT
Sun 24 Apr 2022, 7.45pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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£15
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Composer Sven Helbig Porträt photoshoot in a garden

Skills, the new album from composer Sven Helbig is a melancholic hymn on humans’ ability to master extreme circumstances and develop perfection.

Helbig teams up with the London Contemporary Orchestra, deploying four french horns, a string quartet, vibraphones and electronics.

The sounds they create are added to by the visuals of artist Máni M Sigfússon, who has previously worked with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sigur Rós, Kiasmos and the Rolling
Stones.

Explaining his new project, Helbig says:

‘In my parents' living room stands an elaborately hand-forged copper kettle, my grandfather's masterpiece, hammered out of a single piece of copper.

Growing up in a family of craftsmen, I have been familiar since early childhood with the attitude of perfecting a thing for its own sake.

I am touched by the sight of almost ideal expressions of human activity, be it a forged piece, a perfectly built sentence or an athletic performance. I dedicate my album Skills to this fascination.’

Dates & times

Sun 24 Apr 2022, 7.45pm

Price

  • Standard entry£15*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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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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Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

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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