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Trust your ears and relinquish your sight



Georg Friedrich Haas in vain (2000)

Premiered in 2000 and receiving its first, sold out UK performance from the London Sinfonietta in 2013, this is your second chance to hear Haas’ in vain.

Written in protest to the rise of the far-right Freedom Party in the 1999 Austrian elections, in vain hints at a heightened sensory world where dark, unnatural forces are at work. As familiar harmonies meet microtonal systems, Haas evokes an otherworldly realm that oscillates between the past and the present, between clarity and dystopia.

With twenty minutes of the piece performed in complete darkness, in vain transforms the concert hall into a mysterious new landscape, where you must trust your ears and relinquish your sight.

Brad Lubman conductor
London Sinfonietta

Part of Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief festival.


6.30pm The Clore Ballroom
Royal College of Music Trombone Ensemble perform Schnyder and Haas

Daniel Schnyder Olympia                         
Georg Friedrich Haas Trombone Octet

Royal College of Music Trombone Ensemble
Byron Fulcher director                

Free pre-concert event

How to describe it? An astonishing work of art that has become a cult wherever it is played. One of the first great masterpieces of the 21st Century. Sir Simon Rattle
The London Sinfonietta played with an intensity and conviction scarcely less astonishing than the music itself.  The Guardian
This modern masterwork transforms the concert hall into a place of shuddering mystery, suggesting that the way of truth goes through the dark. Alex Ross

Download the programme

in vain Programme.pdf


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  • £25, £20, £15 (plus concessions and £5 16-25)

    Venue: (view map)

    Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

    Box Office No:
    0207 960 4200