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Past – Present – Future



50 years to the day since the London Sinfonietta played its first concert, we celebrate our birthday with the music that has shaped our identity – past, present and future. Co-founder David Atherton joins George Benjamin and Vladimir Jurowski in conducting a journey that begins with the music of Stravinsky, Ligeti and Birtwistle, courses through to the London premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s piano concerto Left, alone and peers into the future with a new commission by RPS award-winning composer Samantha Fernando. Join us, along with alumni from the London Sinfonietta Academy, as we wait with anticipation to see what the next 50 years have in store.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle The Message
Igor Stravinsky Octet                                    
György Ligeti Chamber Concerto
Deborah Pritchard new work for solo saxophone (world premiere)
Samantha Fernando Formations (world premiere)
Hans Abrahamsen Left, alone (London premiere)
Various composers Encore! (14 variations on a Purcell Hornpipe; world premiere)

David Atherton conductor                                    
Sir George Benjamin conductor                                    
Vladimir Jurowski conductor                                    
Tamara Stefanovich solo piano
Simon Haram solo saxophone
London Sinfonietta 
London Sinfonietta Academy Alumni

This concert will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3, our Broadcast Partner for the 2017/18 season


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Kindly supported by the John S Cohen Foundation


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  • Tickets £35, 25, 15 ǀ Limited £5 16–25

    Venue: (view map)

    Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

    Box Office No:
    0207 960 4200