For over three decades, NLCC has been one of the outstanding groups at festivals across Europe. Specialising in contemporary works, we perform uncompromisingly avant garde music of all periods and have a unique record of commissioning and premièring new works for mixed chorus.
Thursday 17 October 2019
CLF Art Café, Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN
New London Chamber Choir presents Juvenilia, a major new NLCC commission from Laurence Osborn.
Juvenilia examines languages and codes that children use and hear. An anthology of pieces for different combinations of voices, Juvenilia combines a variety of texts: nursery rhymes, tongue-twisters, the poetry of Blake, the theatre of George Peele, traditional folk songs, texts in ‘pig latin’ and ‘uvaguv’, and numerous chants, games and insults remembered from the composer’s childhood.
The musical language of Juvenilia is defined by a constant state of play: the collection transitions abruptly and freely between styles and moods; singers break role to impersonate characters, animals, and instruments. The listener should feel as though they are watching someone rummaging frantically through an enormous dressing-up box.
The first performance of Juvenilia is presented alongside other contemporary choral scores that explore communication, language, relationships, and power.
Laurence Osborn: Juvenilia (wp)
Ted Hearne: Consent
David Fennessy: Letter to Michael
Per Nørgård: Wie ein Kind
Ruth Crawford Seeger: Three Chants for Women’s Voices
Tickets £15 on the door or from Eventbrite.
In May 2019, NLCC appeared at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank with Le Balcon and London Sinfonietta under Maxime Pascal in Stockhausen’s amazing Donnerstag Aus Licht.
December 2018 saw NLCC present a programme of experimental works within the Space Shifters exhibition at the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank. Gallery audiences were treated to works by Meredit Monk, Pauline Oliveros, David Lang, John Cage, Robert Ashley, Peter Ablinger, and Philip Glass.
In November 2018, as guests of Festyvocal in Firminy, France, NLCC appeared at the iconic, late le Corbusier Église de S. Pierre to perform works by Xenakis, Dusapin, Messiaen, Macmillan, Harvey, and Britten, along with the world première of a new work by festival competition winner Julien le Hérisser.
We then repeated the programme at the Siobhan Davies Studios, London SE1.
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‘NLCC were great – very incisive and expressive’ – Jonathan Harvey
‘… a riveting collage of stark choral outbursts, like some long-forgotten tribal chant, set against percussion music that was all thudding beats in intricate patterns … and the New London Chamber Choir showed sensitivity as well as fierce energy.’ – Daily Telegraph