If you follow the Two Moors Festival and our many adventures across Dartmoor and Exmoor, you’ll know how keen we are to take classical music out of the traditional concert halls and into venues in rural locations where it is very unlikely that it would ever be heard otherwise.
So it’s always a treat when we come across another organisation doing similar work and bringing classical music to a wider audience through their choice of venue. The London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) is one such group, which is putting on a series called Imagined Occasions – three performances that focus on the work of Claude Vivier and turn the audience into creators, protagonists, the observers and the observed.
The first performance took place on May 24th at Aldwych Underground Station in London, a branch of the tube line that opened in 1907, served as an air raid shelter and storage for art from the British Museum during the second world war and which finally closed in 1994.
The second of the three is due to take place on August 22nd and involves a little jaunt around London town, with works by Vivier and Edmund Finnis played at Primrose Hill before the performance is moved on to the Roundhouse in Camden – a Grade II listed building that’s become far more synonymous with acts like The Flaming Lips than Beethoven.
And the third performance is due to be put on in the renowned Oval Space in Bethnal Green that is more used to welcoming ravers than classical music aficionados. On October 3rd, the LCO will be performing a programme including works by Pousseur, Vivier, Thomas Ades and George Benjamin.
Certainly not to be missed!