"The themes in my music are tangible, though abstracted, and try to find poetry and honesty in humanity and the everyday."

Photo credit: Anton Lukoszevieze 

The 12 ensemble have commissioned a new work from award-winning London composer Oliver Leith entitled Honey Siren. Recently announced as the new Composer in Residence at the Royal Opera House and winner of the Royal Philharmonic Composition prize, Oliver's unique visceral music explores tangible themes that "try to find poetry and honesty in humanity and the everyday." The new work for 12 strings will feature on the ensemble's forthcoming album Death and the Maiden, released January 2020.


The 12 ensemble would like to thank the Golsoncott Foundation for their support towards the commission.


About the composer:


Oliver Leith is a London based composer making acoustic music, electronic music and video. His work focuses on text, image, video, theatre and tangible human themes. 

Commissions have been given by groups such as London Sinfonietta, Festival Aix-en-Provence, the London Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Festival, Heidelbelberg festival, Musicon, Homo Novus/Valmiera theatre and St John Smith’s Square. 

Collaborators and performers have included Apartment House, Ives Ensemble, Exaudi, Plus Minus, Philharmonia Orchestra, An Assembly, Trio Catch, GBSR Duo, Loré Lixenberg, Explore Ensemble, Matthew Herbert and John Harle.

Performances have taken place at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Royal Opera House, Aldeburgh, Huddersfield (HCMF), LSO St Luke’s, St Martin-in-the-fields, Horniman Museum, The Forge, CNSDMP (Paris), RCM, GSMD, Milton Court, Howard Assembly Room, The Place, Handel House, Mexican Embassy (UK and Tokyo), Liszt academy (Budapest), Maison du Canada (Paris), Howard Assembly and Leeds Lieder. Visual art collaborations are exhibited at The Museum of Western Australia and recorded is music played on BBC Radio 3 and NTS radio.

Oliver was the recipient of a British Composer Award in 2016 and of the Royal Philharmonic Composition prize 2014. 

He is a fan of scientific illustrations, gardening, film, tapestry, reality television, wobbly sounds and the visceral.



19 May 2019

LSO St Lukes 6pm

Tavener  The Lamb 
Prokofiev  A collection of 'Visions Fugitives' 
Oliver Leith  [new commission premiere] 
Jonny Greenwood  Suite from ‘There Will Be Blood’ 
Elena Tonra arr. Josephine Stephenson My heart

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