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The music and life of Claude Vivier

Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


A celebration of the music and influence of Canadian composer Claude Vivier. The event features his masterwork, Lonely Child, or as he refers to as his 'long song of solitude'.

Nicole Lizée’s new piece for the London Sinfonietta The Seeds of Solitude draws inspiration from Vivier’s work. The piece sees live musicians perform alongside a series of three short films of speculative fiction in which two isolated characters find themselves having to deal with unusual events. The series references themes of paranoia, voyeurism, nostalgia, insomnia, hypnotic states, and communicating with the dead, referring to the suggestion that Claude Vivier was seeking to communicate with his deceased mother via his music.

The concert involves the combined forces of the London Sinfonietta sitting side-by-side with the next generation of exciting musicians to emerge from the Royal Academy of Music and features the extraordinary talents of conductor Ilan Volkov and soprano Claire Booth.

Claude Vivier  Zipangu
Nicole Lizée  The Seeds of Solitude (London Sinfonietta commission, world premiere)
Claude Vivier  Lonely Child

Claire Booth  soprano
Ilan Volkov  conductor
London Sinfonietta
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

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Many things can be said about the music of Claude Vivier, but one thing is certain: No one who hears it is quite the same afterward. Globe and Mail
...a brilliant musical scientist. CBC on Nicole Lizée
Produced by the London Sinfonietta
Supported by the Southbank Centre, with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
The work of the London Sinfonietta is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.
Nicole Lizée’s commission is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Delegation in London and the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.
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  • High Commission of Canada logo
  • Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

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    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

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