Martyn Brabbins & Harrison Birtwistle (March 5)

XENAKIS: ARCHITECT OF SOUND
Concert
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Saturday 8 October 2022, 1:30PM
Step into the musical world of Iannis Xenakis in his centenary year: a ferociously
intellectual world in which the mathematical forces which govern the atoms and
elements making up our physical beings also provide the basis for musical form and
understanding. Xenakis’ joyously visceral aesthetic shocked even the musical avant-
garde in the 1950s, and even now comes across as stunningly and unpredictably
futuristic, even as its subject matter conjures up ancient gods and monsters. The
London Sinfonietta has long had a close relationship with Xenakis and his music, and
with the composers who drew influence from Xenakis’ new sonic architecture.
Iannis Xenakis O-mega
Iannis Xenakis Palimpsest
Iannis Xenakis Échange
Iannis Xenakis Thalleïn
Philip Howard piano
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Oliver Lowe percussion
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
London Sinfonietta


CHANGING STANDARDS
London Jazz Festival
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Friday 18 November 2022, 7:45PM
Accepted standards, but not as you know them: familiar tunes are transformed in new
compositions by five of the best and brightest British jazz composers for the
extraordinary power and virtuosity of a contemporary music ensemble.
Trish Clowes, Elliot Galvin, Laura Jurd, Robert Mitchell and Alex Paxton will also
feature as soloists alongside their original new works in this genre-blending event.
Trish Clowes saxophone
Elliot Galvin piano
Laura Jurd trumpet
Robert Mitchell piano
Alex Paxton trombone
Lauren Kinsella vocals
Will Sach bass
Saleem Raman drums
Gerry Cornelius conductor
London Sinfonietta


TURNING POINTS: TAKEMITSU
Concert
Kings Place, Sunday 27 November 2022, 7:30PM
The Turning Points series presents the music of great composers whose output was so
distinctive that it had an enormous impact on the direction of contemporary music.
The focus here is Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu in this subtly colourful
programme based on the composer’s love for nature and the outdoors. Takemitsu had
an especially close relationship with the London Sinfonietta, expressed through some
extraordinarily beautiful ensemble scores which are now amongst the composer’s
most celebrated works.
Tōru Takemitsu Air
Claude Debussy Poissons d’or

Olivier Messiaen Le merle noir
Tōru Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II: in memory of Messiaen
Anton Webern 3 Little Pieces
Tōru Takemitsu And then I knew ‘twas wind
Tchaikovsky / Takemitsu Autumn Song
Tōru Takemitsu Rain Coming
Chloe Rooke conductor
London Sinfonietta


SLEEPING PATTERNS
Concert
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Friday 2 December 2022, 7:30PM
Juste Janulyte’s music moves over the listener like a wave, bathing you in warm
sonorities and rich harmonies. Taking a lot of her inspiration from visual aspects of the
natural world such as shifting clouds and falling snow, Janulyte’s monochromatic
compositions seem to play with temperature and density of sound.
Sleeping Patterns is woven from seven hypnotically repetitive patterns of slightly
different tempos, which intertwine throughout the ensemble. The piece echoes a
sleeping human body and all the regular but not synchronised sounds of our heartbeat,
blood flow, and breathing create in sleep.
The concert also features a world premiere from conductor / composer Jack Sheen as
well as premieres by Lisa Streich and Tyshawn Sorey.
Lisa Streich Älv, Alv, Alva (London premiere)
Tyshawn Sorey For Olly Woodrow Wilson Jr. (London premiere)
Jack Sheen new work (world premiere)
Juste Janulyte Sleeping Patterns (London premiere)
Salvatore Sciarrino da un Divertimento
Jack Sheen conductor
London Sinfonietta


SIR HARRISON BIRTWISTLE: A TRIBUTE
Concert

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Sunday 5 March 2023, 7:30PM
“The purpose of life is to pass the message on”: – a quote on a Bob Law sculpture from
which the composer took inspiration is itself the inspiration for this concert as London
Sinfonietta pays tribute to one of its longest-standing collaborators, Sir Harrison
Birtwistle. This concert spans Birtwistle’s varied output, ranging from a duet written
for its 40th birthday, to the epic and theatrical Verses, the first piece the composer
wrote for the Ensemble and requiring musicians to walk around the stage in strange
and ritual processions. In a second half performed side-by-side with musicians from
the Royal Academy of Music The Fields of Sorrow was first composed for amateur
musicians, while In Broken Images, co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta,
celebrates the formation of the Italian state. Tonight’s concert is a showcase of an
enormous, varied and mysterious ingenuity – and at its heart it is a celebration of our
relationship with the late, great composer.
Harrison Birtwistle The Message
Harrison Birtwistle Virelai (Sus une fontayne)
Harrison Birtwistle Verses for Ensembles
Harrison Birtwistle The Fields of Sorrow
Harrison Birtwistle In Broken Images
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Londinium chorus
Andrew Griffiths choir director
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble
London Sinfonietta


SOUND OUT
Schools Concert
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Thursday 9 March 2023, 11:00AM
London Sinfonietta’s flagship schools programme Sound Out returns this academic
year with exciting new Composition Challenges for teachers and pupils that are free to
access. Echoing the London Sinfonietta’s professional commissioning process, the
programme puts young people centre-stage, valuing them as composers and
performers and making their musical voices heard. The 2023 annual Sound Out
Schools Concert will once again welcome live & online audiences of 8,000+ budding

young composers to experience live music at close hand and hear their works
performed.
Supported by teacher CPD sessions and in-school creative workshops and residencies,
the London Sinfonietta extends its reach across the UK – in London (Enfield, Haringey
and Waltham Forest) as well as Southampton and the Isle of Wight and
Gloucestershire.


REICH/RICHTER
Concert
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Thursday 6 April 2023, 7:30PM
Minimalist master Steve Reich returns to his New York arts scene roots in this bright
and rhythmically agile piece, written and performed alongside painter Gerhard
Richter’s film Moving Picture. The film starts with a two-pixel pulsating, colour-shifting
line, which becomes four pixels, then sixteen, then 32 and so on. The music starts with
a two-note oscillation that expands equally but then becomes liberated from the
structure of the forms on film, allowing notes to escape and create their own destiny in
this cool and elegant piece. Music by two other masters of the New York scene
complement Reich’s music, while the London Sinfonietta, with Sound Intermedia, re-
create Nunu, its commission from the late and sadly missed Mira Calix.
Julia Wolfe Tell me everything
Julius Eastman Joy Boy
Mira Calix Nunu
Steve Reich Reich / Richter
Manoj Kamps conductor
London Sinfonietta


FIREWORKS
Concert
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Thursday 25 May, 7:30PM
A night of virtuosic fireworks from different musical and cultural traditions. The
sounds of the far East in Dai Fujikura’s Shamisen Concerto are tempered by “a
cadenza-like solo of dizzying rapidity that evokes prog-rock guitar as much as

Paganini” (New York Times), while Tania León’s Rítmicas is based on “a rainbow of
polyrhythmic inventions emerging from the Son and Guaguancó clave” of Cuba. The
micropolyphonic textures of the oldest piece in tonight’s programme, György Ligeti’s
Chamber Concerto, still sound as new as at its premiere in 1970.
Augusta Read Thomas new work
Dai Fujikura Shamisen Concerto
Tania Leon Ritmicas
Gyorgy Ligeti Chamber Concerto
Hidejiro Honjoh shamisen
Vimbayi Kaziboni conductor
London Sinfonietta


TURNING POINTS: SOUND UNWRAPPED
Concert
Kings Place Hall 1, Saturday 24 June, 7:30PM
A concert to chart the turning point created in contemporary music as composers
explored the possibilities of electronics and live sound processing in music. Including
music from the post-war composers who were discovering electronic music studios for
the first time to composers living and working today for whom technology is now a
natural part of their sound palette and working practice.
Luciano Berio Naturale (for viola, percussion & tape)
Jonathan Harvey Ricercare una melodia (solo instrument and tape delay)
David Fennessy The Room is the Resonator (solo cello and live electronics)
Dai Fujikura K’s Ocean (solo trombone and live electronics)
Edmund Finnis Veneer (solo viola and reverberation)
Kaija Saariaho NoaNoa (solo flute and electronics)
Aílis ní Ríain new work for solo cello and tape (world premiere)
London Sinfonietta


MUSICIANS OF TOMORROW
Concert, July 2023
Founded in 2008, the London Sinfonietta Academy offers an annual, week-long
training scheme aimed at young musicians committed to long-term instrumental

career development with an interest in contemporary classical music. At the Academy,
students receive invaluable opportunities, including performing alongside the London
Sinfonietta’s musicians, attending rehearsals and concerts of new commissions, and
taking part in performances of contemporary classical music to new audiences. The
course is free of charge to its participants, thanks to the generosity of its donors.
Every year, at the end of the course, the students of the London Sinfonietta Academy
will give a concert as the ‘Musicians of Tomorrow’, a culmination of their labour and
learning. Full details to be announced soon.


Season overview – Digital Releases
London Sinfonietta’s digital work will see the continuation of a popular video strand,
Introduction to Contemporary Instruments, and recorded performances of new
works, available to all for free on YouTube and released throughout the year. More
fascinating developments include online Composition Challenge concerts for young
people, the next round of Blue Touch Paper digital commissioning, and two more
modules of Couch to Concert, a musical training programme for the ears that aims to
engage new, musically curious listeners in contemporary classical music. Examples of
digital content to be released during the season include:
TELL ME WHEN YOU GET HOME
Film release (online), Thursday 20 October 2022
Alicia Jane Turner’s new work 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. Utilising immersive staging and lighting design, and incorporating
research into patriarchal representations of femininity in mythology and horror, this
project will take a subversive journey into our fear of the dark.
Turner was a London Sinfonietta Writing The Future composer from 2019-2022, for
which they premiered the monodrama opera exploring trauma, sexual and patriarchal
violence at the Southbank Centre.


INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY TROMBONE
Film release (online), Thursday 10 November 2022
In this series, London Sinfonietta players dive into the nuances of contemporary
performance on their instruments, and explore how they’re used in a contemporary
setting. See the techniques and styles used in new music composition, with examples
from a selection of the most renowned works of contemporary writing.
This third episode sees Principal Trombone, Byron Fulcher, explore a selection of
contemporary playing techniques. The emotional, dramatic and musical significance of
these techniques is explored through carefully chosen excerpts from a variety of
musical sources.


ORNETTE VARIATIONS
Film release (online), Thursday 24 November 2022
Laura Jurd’s Ornette Variations celebrates 20th Century American jazz icon Ornette
Coleman, taking material from his groundbreaking 1959 album ‘The Shape of Jazz To
Come’ into Laura’s own colourful musical language. This piece was commissioned by
the London Sinfonietta, and recorded as part of the London Sinfonietta’s London Third
Stream concert as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival at the Southbank Centre on 17
November 2021.


THE ECHOES RETURN SLOW
Film release (online), Thursday 15 December 2022
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,
speaking of national identity, striking for better pay and conditions, unemployment,
gender roles, language and culture; all themes as relevant today as they were fifty or a
hundred years ago.
Lewis was a London Sinfonietta Writing The Future composer from 2019-22. This
piece was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and recorded at the Southbank
Centre on 6 February 2022.

Season overview – Participation and Learning
Across the coming year, London Sinfonietta will continue and expand its key
participation and learning projects such as the Composition Challenge scheme,
‘commissioning’ school children to write pieces for the Ensemble inspired by
composition techniques such as graphic scores, number lines, and deep listening, and
performing these pieces to live and online audiences throughout the country. The
community-centred series Untold Stories, will also see all-new projects emerging in
Lancaster, Blackpool, Somerset and Devon. The Ensemble is also excited to announce
its new partnership with Orchestras Live, combining creative and dynamic forces to
ensure access to world-class orchestral experiences in communities across the UK.
The 2022/23 season will be further marked by the 14 th edition of the London
Sinfonietta Academy, a week-long training course for conservatoire-level
instrumentalists and conductors that will culminate in a concert showcase. Continuing
its foundational work in schools, the Ensemble will also see a week-long residency at
St Ignatius School in Enfield, during which rehearsals and concert management work
will happen at the school and involve pupils. Throughout the academic year, London
Sinfonietta will also provide teacher CPD and workshops throughout the UK, while
the annual Sound Out Schools concert for Key Stage 2 and 3 will take place in March
at the Southbank Centre and in Southampton, as well as streamed online for all to
watch.