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Des Oliver: The Diasporic Quartets

LSO Discovery: Jerwood Composer+ Showcase

Four composers in bright colours

Explore the music, ideas and experiences of British-based classical composers from the African diaspora, as composer and filmmaker Des Oliver showcases his landmark online series.

Beginning with excerpts from the documentary that inspired this concert, then follows Des Oliver's musical response,The Diasporic Quartets. Consisting of four portrait movements, of which two will be performed today, the piece takes inspiration from the music of each composer and their interactions during filming.

More works for string quartet express each composer’s relationship with heritage and tradition. Tunde Jegede’s second quartet is an authentic synthesis of West African and classical musical traditions. French Caribbean music combined with French classical music and pop suffuse Dominique Le Gendre’s soundworld. Drawing on his Russian and Eritrean heritage, Daniel Kidane brings elements of grime and urban music to his work, while Philip Herbert finds inspiration in African-American spirituals and English pastoral music.

NB Programme change
In a change to earlier listings, this performance will now include two of the four movements of Des Oliver’s The Diasporic Quartets. The programme order has changed, and the concert is expected to end at approximately 9.15pm, including an interval.

Documentary series Identity and the Anxiety of Influence was commissioned by Sound and Music for the British Music Collection.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Arts.

The scheme supports early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the scheme.

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