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50 years of new music

Wed 22 & Sat 25 Nov

Huddersfield | London


Explore some of the London Sinfonietta’s most iconic commissions as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. From the architectural principles that guide Xenakis’ Thallein, to the richness of Birtwistle’s Silbury Air, inspired by the mystery of the prehistoric Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, these landmark pieces give a sense of the musical journey the London Sinfonietta has taken.

Iannis Xenakis Thallein for chamber orchestra (1984)
Colin Matthews Contraflow (1992)
Wolfgang Rihm Chiffre ii: Silence to be beaten (1983)
Sir Harrison Birtwistle Silbury Air (1977, rev 2003)

Martyn Brabbins conductor
London Sinfonietta


Please note, the performance at hcmf// features the UK premiere of Hilda Paredes' Señales with Irvine Arditti as soloist instead of Wolfgang Rihm's Chiffre ii

Download the programme

Landmarks Programme Web version.pdf

Download our Music Map to Silbury Air

Music Map to Silbury Air.pdf
A composer whose craggily, joyously elemental music turned collections of pitches and rhythms and instruments into a force of nature The Guardian on Iannis Xenakis
Exhilarating, propulsive, splenetic, raucous, disruptive Classical Source on Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Silbury Air




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  • £17 (£14 online concessions)


    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

  • £20 (£5 CURIOUS? 16–25 tickets), unreserved seating

    Venue: (view map)

    St John's Smith Square
    Smith Square
    SW1P 3HA

    Box Office No:
    0207 960 4200