Cue the New – How to Listen to the 21st Century

London Sinfonietta, London, United Kingdom


Cue the New – How to Listen to the 21st Century is an extensive program of 21st century music in London and around the UK. A series of eight concert events, touring, work supporting composers and musicians, and projects building new audiences for New Music will take place. The main focus on great works written since 2000 is complemented by an exploration of music between 1950 and 2000 to give context to the music of today.

To give only a few examples: The British composer Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days is performed in February 2017 side-by-side with musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. Mica Levi’s Under the Skin is the extraordinary BAFTA-nominated film score that will be performed live along with screenings of the film across the UK, reaching wider audiences with the music of one of this country’s most exciting and innovative voices. The Nordic Nights concert features new works and UK premieres by Scandinavian composers including Eivind Buene, Kaija Saariaho and Rolf Wallin, whose new work will be for ensemble and non-classical voice.

To support early-career composers, Writing the Future is re-launched which recruits five composers to make new work for different parts of our program. The ninth London Sinfonietta Academy, where 25 musicians and three conductors are trained in how to prepare and perform complex New Music, will take place in the summer.


February 1, 2017
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London


March 25, 2017
King’s Place, London


April 4, 2017
Royal Festival Hall and Ballroom, Southbank Centre, London


April 27, 2017
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London


May 6, 2017
King’s Place, London


June 6, 2017
St John's Smith Square, London


July 8, 2017
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London


Various other events around the UK.


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