Riot Ensemble’s return to Kings Place (Friday June 11, 2021), newly re-opened after a period of lockdown, offers audiences a chance to hear Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas’s intensely beautiful Solstices after its journey across international festivals.

The 75-minute work is performed entirely from memory in darkness, requiring a process of deep listening from both musicians and audience. It is Riot Ensemble’s most ambitious commission to date, co-commissioned with partner festivals Dark Music Days, Reykjavik – where it was premiered in 2019 -, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt and the Dutch November Music festival.

Solstices is an epic sensory experience of tuning, listening and beauty, played by Riot Ensemble musicians from memory, until its miraculous illuminated coda. It requires the musicians, including a pianist performing on a precisely de-tuned piano, to respond to improvised cues, communicating with each other by sound alone.

Georg Friedrich Haas is daringly innovative composer of rich imaginative power, voted by critics as writing “the most beautiful music of the 21st century”.

Kings Place is pleased to be able to open its doors again and offer its audiences performances in a safe environment. Click here to view some essential safety information:

The Riot Ensemble connects people to great contemporary music in events that are as innovative, vibrant and rewarding as the music itself. Riot is active in bringing international voices to the British music scene and since 2012 has given over 200 World and UK premieres. In 2020 the group won the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Ensemble Prize and began a three-year residency at Kings Place.


The Riot Ensemble

Artistic Director: Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Solstices (2019) by Georg Friedrich Haas (75 mins)

Booking information:

Date & start time: Friday, June 11 – 8pm

Venue: Kings Place Hall One – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Ticket Price: £24.50 + £3 booking fee.

Kings Place Box Office & further information:

Tel: 020 7520 1490