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Max Richter: Ambient Orchestra

Black and white image of Max Richter in a music theatre, staring into the distance

Composer Max Richter performs two special shows exploring ambient music through the orchestra, including pieces never performed before in the UK.

The German-born, British-raised composer performs a collection of works that explore the idea of the orchestra as a medium for ambient music, rather than electronic instruments. He has selected pieces that create space to reflect on ideas and feelings. It’s this intersection between the music and the listeners’ biographies that interests Richter – the way a musical performance becomes conversational. 

The repertoire features six pieces of live music, three being UK premieres – Exiles, Opus 2020, and Testament. Max Richter will be joined by a specially expanded line-up of 12 Ensemble  who’ve previously performed with him at 2018’s Sounds and Visions weekend, alongside Soprano Grace Davidson.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

The end time for this concert will be added here closer to the performance date. 

Produced by the Barbican

Testament originally commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute to commemorate Krysztof Penderecki

OPUS 2020 originally commissioned by Beethoven Orchestra Bonn for Beethoven's 250th birthday

EXILES originally commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theater 

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‘Melding classical and electronic music, physical and emotional worlds, he produces instrumental works of rare evocative power.‘


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