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Sounds and Visions FreeStage

12 Ensemble: Whitley, Woolrich, Lutosławski

The first of three free performances from the string ensemble as part of Max Richter’s Sounds and Visions weekend.

Here they perform three contemporary works which reflect both their influences and those of Max; Kate Whitley’s graceful Autumn Songs; John Woolrich’s lyrical evocation of the hero’s homecoming Ulysses Awakes; and Witold Lutosławski’s tribute to Béla Bartók, Musique funèbre.

‘Sounds and Visions' sums up our feeling that creativity exists as a social project that illuminates the lives of individuals and society as a whole, and that art exists beyond all boundaries‘
Max Richter & Yulia Mahr


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Watch: 12 Ensemble perform Autumn Songs by Kate Whitley


The 12 Ensemble performing Autumn Songs, a specially commissioned work for 12 solo strings by Kate Whitley.

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Listen: Max Richter - Sounds and Visions

A selection of the music you can hear at the Max Richter curated Sounds and Visions weekender, at the Barbican in May 2018.

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Listen: Contemporary Classical on Spotify

Discover music from across the Contemporary Classical spectrum – from Judith Weir and George Benjamin to Nils Frahm and Max Richter.

Barbican Foyers