Twelve people sit on one side of a long table with a white tablecloth covered in food, reminiscent of the Last Supper
photo credit Raphael Neal
Past Event
Classical Music


12 Ensemble
Thu 16 May 2024
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Transformative music with images created before your very eyes

Richard Strauss Metamorphosen

Edmund Finnis new work

Oliver Leith new work

Claude Vivier Zipangu

Numbering some of Europe’s finest young string players, the trailblazing 12 Ensemble invites you to experience the transformative power of music within an immersive, AI-generated holographic world created live and directed by leading visual artist Ben Ditto. Framed by Edmund Finnis' gently rocking reworking of a William Byrd prayer ‘for light within the darkness’ and by Richard Strauss’s agonised lament over Nazi Germany’s self-inflicted wounds during World War II, the programme also pairs brutally murdered Canadian composer Claude Vivier’s 1980 tribute to Japanese kabuki theatre with an instrumental aria from Oliver Leith’s bleakly beautiful 2022 opera about the suicide of Kurt Cobain

Metamorphosis, album by 12 Ensemble

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