Monday 15 April 2019

Unbridled fantasy: UK premiere of Richard Ayres' The Garden

Commissioned to celebrate the London Sinfonietta's 50th anniversary, Richard Ayres' The Garden receives its UK premiere on Wednesday 17 April 2019 when Geoffrey Patterson conducts the ensemble, with bass Joshua Bloom at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Ayres' music theatre piece with video by Martha Colburn, is a darkly comic tale inspired by the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch and Dante's Divine Comedy. Conductor Geoffrey Patterson is an alumnus of the London Sinfonietta Academy.

The Garden was co-commision by Asko|Schönberg and the London Sinfonietta (with initial development funded by The Royal Opera). The work was premiered in the Netherlands by Asko|Schönberg last September (2018) conducted by Bas Wiegers with Joshua Bloom as soloist in a performance described by Trouw as 'Unbridled fantasy in the backyard' (Ongebreidelde fantasie in de achtertuin).

Full details from the Southbank Centre website.

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