London Ear 2018 is planned for March 21st to 25th
LONDON EAR is a five-day festival of Contemporary Music, founded in 2013 by its current Artistic Directors, Gwyn Pritchard and Andrea Cavallari. The festival is promoted by Uroboros Ensemble, in association with Accademia San Felice.
- TEN CONCERTS, including evening, lunchtime and brunch concerts, and late-evening ‘cabaret style’ concerts of a more experimental nature in the Festival Club.
VENUES include The Warehouse, Theed Street, and the adjacent gallery The Cello Factory in Cornwall Road.
- BRITISH PERFORMERS include the London Sinfonietta, who open the festival with a major British premiere, in a concert promoted in association with Southbank Centre. Other performers based in the UK are Uroboros Ensemble and pianist Jonathan Powell.
- NON-UK PERFORMERS include renowned flautist Roberto Fabbriciani (Italy), Neo Quartet (Poland), Ensemble ö! And UMS ‘n JIP (Switzerland), Ensemble Via Nova (Germany), Helsinki Chamber Choir (Finland) and violist Tomoko Akasaka (Japan).
- RECENT MUSIC (mostly post 1980) comes from many countries and includes works by well established figures (Berio, Takemitsu, Donatoni), as well as many pieces by less internationally known, emerging or undiscovered composers. British composers include Christopher Fox, Haris Kittos (Greek, but UK resident) and James Clark. There are several world and UK premieres. Styles embrace mainstream ‘contemporary-classical’ to ‘experimental’, with some pieces involving live-electronics and video.
- PRE-CONCERT EVENTS, talks and interviews, will be designed to enhance the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the music, and allow them to meet some of the composers and performers.
- THE FEATURED YOUNG PERFORMER, a young professional player identified by audition, will gain invaluable experience as soloist and as ensemble participant.
- WORKSHOPS, for advanced student harpists, violinists and percussionists, are designed to encourage commitment and skill in the performance of new music, and also aid composers in understanding the associated instrumental techniques.
- AN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT will involve children 9–16 in the preparation of a piece to be performed by the children as a preface to a festival concert.
- THE FESTIVAL BOOK will give comprehensive information about the music, the composers and the performers.
- A FESTIVAL CLUB will enable audiences to meet and talk with composers and performers in an informal atmosphere, with scores, CDs etc. on display. To add to the conviviality food and refreshments will be available.
- FESTIVAL TICKET PRICES will be affordable and include substantial concessionary discounts for children, students, unemployed, the disabled, and people living close to the venues.
To read a detailed description of London Ear’s musical objectives download the file LEF Objectives