Debut Sounds

The Will to Adorn

7:30 PM, ​ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Julian Anderson Book of Hours
George Lewis The Will to Adorn

Plus world premieres of music by Eugene Birman, Aleksandr Brusentsev, Arne Gieshoff and Edmund Hunt, current members of the Leverhulme Young Composers Programme.

Clement Power conductor

Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Musicians from the Foyle Future First Development Programme

George Lewis’s The Will to Adorn explores the concept of ‘adornment as a compositional attitude’ and was inspired by thoughts surrounding a saturation of beauty, embellishment and decoration, provoked in part by the 1934 writings of American writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, exploring culture, race and identity. Coming from a background steeped in jazz, electronica and contemporary classical, Lewis draws from a complex palette of musical influences and injects searing energy and colour into his music to create a piece that is vivid, ornate and mercurial, yet rings with a powerful and direct clarity.

Inspired by two great pieces of Medieval art - Très riches heures du Duc de Berry and the Dame à la licorne tapestries (The Lady and the Unicorn) - Julian Anderson’s Book of Hours delicately layers electronic timbres over chamber orchestra adding, as the composer himself says, ‘an extra colour … rather as gold-leaf might be applied in a Medieval manuscript’. Intricate complexities shimmer and build over a stately grandeur in this hypnotic work, performed in the final concert of Anderson’s tenure as the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer in Residence.

Alongside these two compelling works we present the world premieres of works by four brilliant and very different young composers - Eugene Birman, Aleksandr Brusentsev, Arne Gieshoff and Edmund Hunt, current members of the LPO’s Leverhulme Young Composers Programme. Meet the Leverhulme Young Composers

The Leverhulme Young Composers Programme is supported by an Arts Portfolio Grant from The Leverhulme Trust. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is extremely grateful for the long-term support of The Leverhulme Trust for this programme.

The Foyle Future Firsts Programme is generously funded by The Foyle Foundation, Help Musicians UK, The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation and The Tillett Trust.

The performance of Book of Hours is generously supported by The Hinrichsen Foundation.

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