London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle

A Trip to the Moon

9 July 2017 / 19:00

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For the third year running Music Director Designate Sir Simon Rattle will present the premiere performance of a new children’s opera designed to showcase the work of LSO Discovery, the orchestra’s education and outreach scheme. He conducts the UK premiere of a new children’s opera, A Trip to the Moon, composed by Andrew Norman, a composer who has emerged in recent years as one of the most distinctive musical voices of our time.

Taking inspiration from Georges Méliès’ seminal 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon, the opera follows a band of bumbling astronomers and their documentarian (the young George Méliès himself) as they explore the moon, attempt to fix their broken rocket, and meet a community of Selenites, mysterious moon people who are facing a perilous threat of their own...

The second half of the concert features a side-by-side performance of Sibelius’ resplendent Second Symphony, in which the full LSO will be joined by musicians from the Guildhall School, including many from the Orchestral Artistry programme run in association with the LSO.

Programme & Performers

Andrew Norman A Trip to the Moon (UK premiere, joint LSO/Berliner Philharmoniker/LA Phil commission)
Sibelius Symphony No 2

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Robert Murray Georges
Iwona Sobotka Queen
Sophia Burgos Eoa
Eline Vandenheede Moon Woman 1
Olivia Sjoberg Moon Woman 2
Andrew Hamilton Moon Man 1
Adam Maxey Moon Man 2
Ella De Jongh Professor Barbenfouillis
Regina Freire Micromegas
James Edwards Omega
Zachary West Alcofrisbas
Ilar Rees-Davies Nostradamus
Matthew Healy Parafaragaramus

Guildhall School Musicians
LSO Discovery Choirs
LSO Community Choir

Simon Halsey chorus director
Lucy Griffiths LSO Discovery Choir conductor
David Lawrence LSO Discovery Choir and LSO Community Choir conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Karen Gillingham stage director
Anna Pool assistant stage director
Sean Turner designer

This event is part of:
London Symphony Orchestra 2016–17

Supported by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music

LSO Sing is supported by the John S Cohen Foundation, LSO Friends, Rothschild Charities Committee, Barnett & Sylvia Shine No 2 Charitable Trust, Slaughter and May and Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement


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