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12 Ensemble with Anna Meredith & Jonny Greenwood

Live from the Barbican

12 Ensemble with their string instruments, standing in front of the Barbican tower with radio broadcast waves emitting

Anna Meredith and Jonny Greenwood join pioneering string orchestra 12 Ensemble in a genre-defying explosion of musical encounters.

The programme takes us to the corners of our world in a creative collision of human nature and natural inspirations. Anna Meredith takes to the stage to play in her own work Moon, a suite of pieces for amplified chamber orchestra, electronics and live visuals from Anna’s sister, Eleanor Meredith, who responds to the music with live drawing and assembling of collages for each of the different phases of the moon.

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood joins the stage to play tanpura in his flowing Water, inspired by his travels around Australian and India, before the ever-distinctive 12 Ensemble put their stamp on Shostakovich’s ferocious attack on totalitarianism. 

This performance is subject to government guidelines.

Our Cinema and Hall have been configured for social distancing with fewer seats available. In these venues (until guidance changes) we’ve created specially-distanced seating clusters. Please only sit directly beside someone from your household or support bubble. Please avoid moving seats when you arrive so we can keep a safe distance between you and other groups.

This livestream will be available to watch back until Mon 21 Jun at 8pm. You can buy a ticket up until this point.

Generously supported by Trevor Fenwick and Jane Hindley


12 ensemble in the barbican car park

Barbican Sessions: 12 Ensemble


12 ensemble perform ‘II. (Full like drips)’ from Oliver Leith’s Honey Siren in our Loading Bay.

Barbican Hall