Cultural Olympiad Celebrations for George Benjamin

Cultural Olympiad Celebrations for George Benjamin
One of the major events of this summer’s Cultural Olympiad will be ‘Jubilation’, a weekend-long festival of George Benjamin’s music at London’s Southbank Centre, 12–13 May 2012. Taking its name from Benjamin’s work, Jubilation for orchestra & children’s group, the festival will feature many different aspects of Benjamin’s distinguished oeuvre including chamber music, music for ensemble, works using electronics, and some of the composer’s famous orchestral pieces.
 
Highlights include a special screening of the documentary ‘Omnibus: Towards Antara’ and the chance to hear the piece itself with the London Sinfonietta, as well as a must-see performance of Benjamin’s renowned Palimpsests with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer.

Click here to see a film of George Benjamin discussing the festival.
 
Performances
 
Purcell Room, Saturday 12 May 2012
Omnibus: Towards Antara, A Film by Barrie Gavin
 
Purcell Room, Saturday 12 May 2012
Musicians of the Royal Academy of Music
Piano Figures, Viola, Viola, Shadowlines
 
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Saturday 12 May 2012
London Sinfonietta
Flight, Duet, Antara
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
 
Royal Festival Hall, Sunday 13 May 2012
Philharmonia Orchestra
Jubilation, Palimpsests,
Ringed by the flat horizon
George Benjamin (conductor)