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CONNECT: The audience as artist

Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


“When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer.” Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The London Sinfonietta invites you to become part of an evening of sound and play in Night Shift by Cathy Milliken. Here dreams, visions, and love meet ecology and walls. The audience joins musicians of the London Sinfonietta, conductor Jonathan Stockhammer, the City Lit Inclusive Choir and Sing Tower Hamlets, and soloists Michael Schiefel and Helena Rasker. Together, we embark on a musical exploration of Milliken's score, inspired by texts from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. All audience members are provided with sound-making objects, and guided gently through an engaging, relaxed evening of collaborative listening and performance. The wall that separates Shakespeare's ill-fated lovers proves to be a mere illusion, like the imaginary wall that separates public from performers. Join this boundary-breaking concert for an unforgettable night of musical adventure.

Part of London Sinfonietta OPEN, a series dedicated to involving the public as creators and performers, this is a concert experience like none other.

Cathy Milliken  Night Shift (UK premiere)

Helena Rasker  soloist
Michael Schiefel  soloist
Jonathan Stockhammer  conductor
London Sinfonietta

Produced by the London Sinfonietta in association with Ensemble Modern, Remix Ensemble Casa da Música and Asko|Schönberg
Supported by the Southbank Centre. CONNECT – The Audience as artist is an initiative funded by ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE in collaboration with London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Asko|Schönberg and Remix Ensemble Casa da Música
With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
The work of the London Sinfonietta is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.
The London Sinfonietta is a member of ACE's National Portfolio of Organisations and is grateful for the ongoing support it receives.
  • Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Night Shift: Preview

Night Shift received its world premiere in Berlin last year with Ensemble Modern, one of four ensembles collaborating in the CONNECT programme. Watch the video below for an idea of what you may expect in our performance at the Southbank Centre, including a short interview with Cathy Milliken and some audience reactions.

"CONNECT" hails from a wish to forge a better connection with the audience, and to make new music more accessible. Yet we also really want to seduce the audience. That is something I took away, this feeling that the audience is really engaged and active, that it enjoys the sound, takes pleasure from it. Cathy Milliken

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