Postscript: Rose English and Luke Stoneham: Music for Lost in Music (1)

Rose English

11 March 2016

Friday 11 March, 7.00 - 8.30pm, Gallery 1
Bar open 6.30 - 9.00pm  
Full price: £7.50 / Friend, Patron & Concession: £6.50

Music for Lost in Music is the debut live performance of Rose English’s libretto, Lost in Music, a 72-minute operatic piece for ten voices and percussion, scored by Luke Stoneham. A recorded version of this work was presented at the core of her exhibition, A Premonition of the Act, at Camden Arts Centre. The music will be performed live for the first time in Gallery 1 after the conclusion of English's exhibition ending Sunday 6 March.

This live concert represents the musical element of Lost in Music – a proposed future performance that will be in equal measure a chamber opera, an art installation and a circus; a project by English that has been in gestation for a decade.

Scored for an ensemble of nine singers with solo soprano and an array of percussion instruments, the music was composed by long-time artistic collaborator Luke Stoneham in response to English’s performance concept and libretto. English’s text of words and phrases is distilled and spare, describing the physical movement and blown-glass objects manipulated by the imagined acrobat performers with ecstatic, poetic renderings of the feelings and reflections of the acrobats and their onlookers.

Stoneham transforms the imagery conjured by English’s words into shimmering, incandescent, ethereal musical filaments that seem to float on air, traced by human voices melded with chiming, ringing bells, gongs and metal bars. Moving alternately through cycles of quiet serenity and energy, Stoneham creates a beguiling musical world of astonishing crystalline beauty, incantatory strands of melody and mesmerizing harmony.

Singers: Sarah Leonard (solo soprano), Donna Bateman, Omar Ebrahim, James Hall, Peter Harris, Oliver Hunt, Jennifer John, Julien van Mellaerts, Melanie Pappenheim and Rose Stachniewska.
Percussion: Julian Warburton.
Conductor: Philip Headlam.
Score by Luke Stoneham for a libretto by Rose English.

Generously supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Karsten Schubert, Charlotte & Alan Artus and The Rose English Exhibition Circle

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