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Why Birds Sing: Aurora Orchestra with Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Messiaen | Oiseaux exotiques
Brett Dean | Pastoral Symphony
Ligeti | Poème symphonique
Beethoven | Symphony No. 6 in F major, Pastoral (from memory)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Nicholas Collon, conductor
We explore the vibrant world of birdsong, interweaving animation, audio storytelling, birdsong recordings, and a surprise installation with live performance – inviting you to explore a multi-sensory world of the symphony.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins us for his first appearance as Southbank Centre Associate Artist in Messiaen’s 'Oiseaux exotiques' – arguably the greatest musical exploration of birdsong ever penned. Brett Dean’s extraordinary 'Pastoral Symphony' combines field recordings of butcherbirds in the Australian outback with a virtuosic score that also rages against the destruction of nature at the hands of humanity. And we bring our unique style of memorised performance to Beethoven’s 'Pastoral' Symphony that references birdsong in the second movement.
This project is developed as part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series at Southbank Centre. The series is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (in memory of Sir Claus Moser), Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, and the Hargreaves & Ball Trust.