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A goddess reimagined



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Join us online for the premiere streaming of our concert film 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 bringing new music to new audiences. This concert was performed behind closed doors in October 2020, and this presents the first opportunity to watch the concert film. The stream will also include a live Q&A session with James Dillon chaired by Robert Worby after the performance, where you will have the chance to send in your questions for the composer to answer live.

Watch the streamed video recording on 3 February 2021.
James Dillon Pharmakeia (2020; World premiere) 

Geoffrey Paterson conductor
London Sinfonietta

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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