On 13 April, the London Symphony Orchestra presents LSO Futures – Symphonic Sound World. Besides Webern’s Passacaglia, Boulez’ Notations and Debussy’s La mer, the focus of this concert is on Colin Matthews et al’s Panufnik Variations. This project comprises a series of nine different variations, showcasing the sounds and styles of Panufnik Scheme alumni: Max de Wardener, Evis Sammoutis, Christopher Mayo, Toby Young, Elizabeth Winters, Larry Goves, Raymond Yiu, Anjula Semmens and Edmund Finnis. The composition itself opens and concludes with pieces by Colin Matthews.
The idea for this composition came from the conductor François-Xavier Roth. He has directed most of the Panufnik Young Composers Workshops and asked its alumni to write a collaborative composition. The variations are all based on the same theme of Panufnik, the Universal Prayer. But each composition shows a different approach and realisation of this theme.
Don’t miss the concert on 13 April, 19:30, at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth.
(Written on April 9, 2013 )