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Programme Notes

Six Lethargies is an immersive evening of music by musician, artist and composer Keaton Henson, exploring the themes of mental illness, trauma, and empathy through art.
The 6-part composition, performed by the Britten Sinfonia, will also be accompanied by an multi-sensory installation element, wherein a portion of the audience will be monitored, with their anxiety levels controlling the lighting of the show in real time, collectively creating a musical work and evening that asks the simple question “if i write how it feels to me, will it make you feel the same”.


'… extending a time-honoured lineage from Dowland's Lachrymae to Tippett's Corelli Fantasia. Moving through six stages of depression over the course of 70 minutes, Henson charts a surprisingly wide tonal and expressive terrain, sketched before him by Nick Drake and Arvo Pärt as well as his own 'Romantic Works' album of 2014, but now developed with an individual patience and confidence that allow him to string out the implications of a dissonant chord or a passacaglia sequence over extended spans.'
Gramophone (Peter Quantrill), January 2020

Six Lethargies

'Breathing Out' only

Scala Radio (United Kingdom)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Knoop

Six Lethargies

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Orchestra of Opera Australia, Paul Fitzsimon

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Six Lethargies

National Concert Hall (Dublin, Ireland)

Crash Ensemble, Mark Knoop

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Six Lethargies

Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre (London, United Kingdom)

Britten Sinfonia, Mark Knoop

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