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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London, SE1 8XX

Power and provocation

Belief and Beyond Belief: Death

Gavin Bryars The Sinking of the Titanic
Gavin Bryars Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians

Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Synergy Vocals
Sound Intermedia
Micaela Haslam
musical direction

It starts on the streets between Elephant & Castle and Waterloo Station, with a homeless old man singing quietly to himself. It becomes … well, there isn’t really any way to describe what you’ll think or feel next, as Gavin Bryars weaves that broken scrap of human feeling into a sonic experience unlike anything else in 20th-century music. Along with Bryars’s haunted soundscape from the sunken Titanic and Steve Reich’s groundbreaking Music for 18 Musicians, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet is a true modern classic: music with the power to provoke, to move, and to leave you transformed.

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