On Friday 19 February the world premiere of a Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra will be played as part of Shlomo’s Music Through Unconventional Means Presents series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
And on the morning of Saturday 20 February, a special children’s version of the new work will be performed as part of Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival in an exciting mix of beatboxing and contemporary classical music as part of Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival. This features a chance to try beatboxing with Shlomo for some members of the audience as well as performances from the ensemble, and a performance of the Concerto itself. This family-friendly concert created especially for Imagine offers a fun introduction to the magic of music and collaboration. Suitable for ages six and over.
This is a modern classical work, recognising the human voice box as a musical instrument in its own right. Six of the UK’s leading beatboxers, including Shlomo as the soloist, current World Female Champion Bellatrix and former UK Champion MC Zani, perform amongst a specially created 20-piece orchestra, selected from all Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestras – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment as well as acclaimed cellist and fellow Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Oliver Coates. Conductor Andre de Ridder of sinfonia ViVA leads the musicians in this groundbreaking new work.
The first half of the concert sees performances from the individuals involved in the Concerto. In the second half, the new work will be performed and then there is a short question and answer session, giving the audience the chance to ask Anna Meredith and Shlomo about the composition, before it is played for a second time.
- Friday 19 February 2010, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £20
- Saturday 20 February 2010, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 11am, Tickets £9
London SE1 8XX