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11 may 2018, 6.30pm


12 ensemble kick off the weekend performing three contemporary works which reflect both their influences and those of Max Richter; Kate Whitley’s graceful Autumn Songs; John Woolrich’s lyrical evocation of the hero’s homecoming Ulysses Awakes; and Witold Lutosławski’s tribute to Béla Bartók, Musique Funèbre.

Whitley Autumn Songs

Woolrich Ulysses Awakes* 

Lutosławski Musique Funèbre

*performance includes the premiere showing of 12 ensemble's new film Ulysses Awakes with choreography by Alexander Whitley.

The 12 ensemble hold a weekend residency at Sounds and Visions, giving three free performances of works by the likes of Witold Lutosławski, Bryce Dessner, Mica Levi and Phillip Glass, alongside performing Max Richter's visionary 2010 album Infra in the Barbican Hall alongside the composer.

A weekend curated by Max Richter & Yulia Mahr at the Barbican Centre 

11 MAY  Whitley / Woolrich / Lutoslawski

11 MAY  Infra with Max Richter

12 MAY  Dessner

13 MAY  Tavener / Glass / Levi / Pärt

Max Richter piano / electronics

12 ensemble

Infra takes its title from the Latin for the word ‘below’, and that’s what Richter explores – the world just beneath the surface. The strings of the 12 Ensemble excavate melodies that have been buried underneath shelves of ambience, while snatches of Morse code and radio signals cut through beautiful electro-acoustic textures. Originally composed for a dance work choreographed by Wayne McGregor, it’s an examination of the submerged sounds of the everyday. Of the unnoticed, the overlooked and the forgotten.


11 may 2018, 7.30pm

barbican hall

Following the previous night’s performance of Lutosławski’s Musique funèbre, 12 ensemble turn to the National's Bryce Dessner for his tribute to the work, Réponse Lutosławski.

Dessner Réponse Lutosławski

12 may 2018, 7.40pm

free stage



13 may 2018, 6.30pm

free stage

The last of three Free Stage performances from the 12 Ensemble, as they turn their hands to some of the 20th Century’s most important composers.

There’s Philip Glass’s Company II, conceived as music for a stage adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s novella of the same name, Mica Levi’s brilliant Love from her soundtrack to Under the Skin, and John Tavener’s hauntingly beautiful setting The Lamb. Then the ensemble look to Northern Europe, with an arrangement of Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós’s Fljotavik and one of the 20th century’s most enduring works; Arvo Pärt’s Fratres.

Tavener The Lamb

Glass Company - II 

Levi Love from Under the Skin

Pärt Fratres

Sigur Rós Fljotavik 

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