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CoMA Festival – RNS: Listening a World

Small Strings Landscape (c) Michael Olatunji


James Weeks conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia

A chamber concert featuring music by six of the best and brightest contemporary composers. Music underpinned by the idea of listening afresh to the world around us, environments, places and sounds…

Cassandra Miller O Zomer!
Joanna Bailie Symphony-Street-Souvenir
Oliver Leith Craquelure
Laurence Crane Estonia
James Weeks Düsseldorf
Egidija Medekšaitė Malakosha

Notes on the programme from James Weeks (Conductor and Composer):

“In creating this programme for RNS, I wanted to explore the way in which today’s composers are listening to the world around them with fresh ears. I’ve selected six composers whose work seems to me to have a special sensibility for how it feels to be alive in the 21st century, responsive to the sounds and spaces of today’s world and moving beyond old categories like modernism or minimalism. This is an art of close-up listening, and often the pieces are quite contemplative in tone, from Laurence Crane’s magical explorations of simple harmony to Joanna Bailie’s subtly coloured recorded soundscapes. But there is also dynamic energy, in Cassandra Miller’s passionate and moving O Zomer! and Egidija Medeksaite’s pulsing, trance-inducing Malakosha.”


Pre-concert Concourse Performance 7.30pm (free)

Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia

Chorus of RNS open the festival with a performance on the Concourse. Programme to include:

Stephen Chase Lohengrin
Hollie Harding new work
Howard Skempton He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven


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Combined tickets: £20 (students/unemployed £10)

This includes RNS: Listening a World and the CoMA Workshops (usually £25 for both).

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Booking Information

This event is part of CoMA Festival of Contemporary Music for All. A combined ticket for CoMA Workshops and RNS: Listening a World is available for £20. Book Now.

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