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October 2019

Gardiner: Czech Roots London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner

October 24 @ 7:30 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 2DS
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£16.00

Composers pouring their most personal thoughts and feelings into their work is not unusual, but these two pieces by Dvořák and Suk feel much more deeply connected than most. Dvořák and Suk had a very long and close relationship as father-in-law and son-in-law. Suk’s Second Symphony, ‘Asrael’, named for the Hebrew Angel of Death, was written in tribute to Dvořák after his sudden death in 1904. Tragically, Suk’s wife – Dvořák’s daughter Otilka – died shortly afterwards and the symphony…

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Rejoice! Academy of Ancient Music

October 24 @ 7:30 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 2DS
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£15.00

Rejoice greatly in an evening of music to stir the soul and lift the spirits. Celebrate with some of baroque’s musical masters heard here at their most irrepressibly joyful and effervescent. Rising young soprano Rowan Pierce, an AAM favourite, joins the orchestra for two sacred cantatas. Only rediscovered in 2001, Handel’s sparkling Gloria has already established itself as one of the great coloratura cantatas, showcasing the soprano voice in a sequence of dazzling, virtuosic movements. Overflowing with jubilant energy, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in…

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Hannah Peel & Will Burns + On Vanishing Land

October 26 @ 7:30 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 2DS
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£20.00

The musician and composer and the Faber New Poet join forces for an exploration into the electronic landscapes of England Peel traces the lines between innateness and external landscapes using computerised intonations and patterned synthesisers, while Burns’s poetry harmonises these explorations, inspired by the heaths of Buckinghamshire where he lives. Their first collaborative album Chalk Hill Blue is also the name of an iridescent blue-grey butterfly which lives on the chalk heaths near his home. Combining these elements together, the duo showcases the…

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BBC Symphony Orchestra / Stasevska Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

October 26 @ 7:30 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 2DS
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£12.00

Composed in the shadow of the Second World War, Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem opens Dalia Stasevska’s first concert at the Barbican as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor. Following Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms - a devout musical gesture, reimagining religious rituals on a symphonic scale, for which the BBCSO are joined by the BBC Singers, they complete the concert with Rachmaninov’s exhilarating Symphonic Dances. Although composed just three years before his death, it pulses with exhilarating rhythmic energy, embracing jazz, plainchant and the waltz.…

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Senyawa + Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

October 27 @ 7:30 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 2DS
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£17.50

The experimental Indonesian duo perform their mix of traditional music and avant-garde influences in this intimate gig. Embodying the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, Senyawa push the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their experimental influences and cultural heritage to create new contemporary Indonesian music. Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal techniques punctuate the frenetic sounds of instrument builder Wukir Suryadi’s modern-primitive instrumentation. With inventions like his handcrafted…

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November 2019

Ada Lovelace Imagining the Analytical Engine

November 2 @ 6:30 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 2DS
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£15.00

A musical tribute to a woman who united the worlds of 19th-century romanticism and cutting-edge science – Ada Lovelace: thinker, computer pioneer and enchantress of numbers. In an unsympathetic age, Lovelace was a visionary figure: exploring far-reaching mathematical concepts, writing what many recognise as the world’s first computer programme, and anticipating the immense potential of future computers. This evening combines words and music to offer a post-millennial perspective on her legacy and achievement. It’s devised by Emily Howard, whose own music explores the…

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