Join us for the premiere of Pharmakeia, the complete cycle of four movements by Scottish composer James Dillon, commissioned by the London Sinfonietta in celebration of the composer’s 70th birthday, that began with his 2017 work Circe. Known for his eclectic influences, Circe transformed the Greek goddess of magic into enchanting musical forms, with moments of suspense, playfulness and mysticism throughout. Noted in the Dillon’s score, the goddess’ particular powers appear as transmutation, illusion and necromancy - so expect an otherworldly, unnerving fairy-tale as we experience the full cycle.
In this concert the London Sinfonietta continues its tradition of commissioning and performing important new works from some of the great living composers, and with live Radio 3 broadcast and later video relay, is bringing new music to new audiences.
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 22 November, or watch the streamed video recording from January 2021 - exact date tbc.
James Dillon Pharmakeia (2020; World premiere)
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Produced by London Sinfonietta in association with hcmf/
With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
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From January 2021 - date tbcFREE