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In Performance: Houses Slide

On 9 July 2021, the London Sinfonietta made history, performing the first classical music concert in the UK to be powered entirely by specially-adapted bicycles.

Laura Bowler's Houses Slide, a London Sinfonietta commission, addresses the most serious issue of our generation, the climate emergency, through the story of one woman's intimate psychological journey to figure out her response to the climate crisis, from an initial depressing realisation of the gravity of the issue, through to her refusal to be overwhelmed and decision to take positive action. With a text created by Cordelia Lynn using submissions from members of the public, this ground-breaking concert presentation conceived and directed by Katie Mitchell was an industry-first, and even involved the soloist, Jessica Aszodi, performing her part from atop one of the 17 onstage bicycles.

Laura Bowler  Houses Slide (2021)

Jessica Aszodi  mezzo soprano 
Sian Edwards  conductor 
Katie Mitchell  director 
Cordelia Lynn  text 
Colin Tonks  creative technical director 
Caro Russell  art director 
RNSS Ltd  sound 
Tony Simpson  lighting designer 
Matt Fairclough  live electronics 
London Sinfonietta

Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, the London Community Foundation and The RVW Trust, and presented with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

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Published: 19 Apr 2022