This summer, Portsmouth Cathedral will host giants of contemporary classical music, the London Contemporary Orchestra, which will end with a display from illumination artists Luxmuralis.
Winner of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2015, LCO have established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles, promoting new music and cross-arts collaborations to a wide audience. They have collaborated with a distinguished array of composers, artists, and brands, including Goldfrapp and Vivienne Westwood with a soundtrack output including The Master, Slow West and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015) featuring Michael Fassbender.
This year they will be collaborating with young musicians from the Portsmouth Grammar School to perform American composer Pauline Oliveros’ composition Rock Piece, which features the use of rocks as instruments. The programme will also feature composers such as Catherine Lamb, Mica Levi and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.
Conductor of LCO, Hugh Brunt explains the nature of the piece: "We are very pleased to be joined by talented Year 10 musicians from Portsmouth Grammar School for Pauline Oliveros’ Rock Piece, the performance of which will be inspired by the architecture and acoustics of Portsmouth Cathedral. Rock Piece is a work rooted in the Deep Listening movement that seeks to explore a way of hearing in which we, as performers, are fully engaged with what is happening in that moment without looking to judge or control it."
Director of Festivities, Erica Smith, says she is very excited for the opening gala concert: “We are so fortunate to have the likes of the London Contemporary Orchestra at Festivities this year. It`s great for Portsmouth audiences to experience something different within our line- up. The audience are also in for a treat as when they exit the show they will be greeted by Electric Lumiere visuals which will be beamed onto the cathedral. This after show is also free to the public.”
This display will take place on the High Street side of the Cathedral.
To book tickets for the concert on Friday 17th June, visit portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or call 02392 828 282.
Concert Tickets £22, Concessions £18.
Concert and Pre-Concert Buffet £33, concessions £24.
About Portsmouth Festivities 2016
Portsmouth Festivities will run from Friday 17– Sunday 26 June 2016. Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to view the full programme, visit www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.