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holding, breathing, beating: Rufus Isabel Elliot

LSO Discovery Jerwood Composer+ Showcase

LSO St Luke's

Saturday 13 January 2024 • 7pm

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The Concert

Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Pre-concert, playing in the hall
Marja Ahti Coastal Inversion

Liza Lim Amulet
Tansy Davies Dark Ground
Brian Ferneyhough Cassandra’s Dream Song
Cassandra Miller for mira
Interval – 20 minutes
James Weeks winterærc (world premiere)
Rufus Isabel Elliot new work (world premiere)

Mira Benjamin  violin
Chihiro Ono  viola
Daniel Shao  flute
Sam Walton  percussion

The concert will finish at approximately 8.45pm


£8 (£6 concessions, £6 under-18s)
+ £1.50 booking fee per online/phone transaction

An evening of contemporary chamber music conjured through holding, caressing, pulling, beating and hitting.

This small, wordless musical medium is uniquely placed to tell stories about our bodies and their violations. The abstraction of chamber music opens up difficult and co-existent points of view and challenging emotional states. The pieces gathered here hold differing relationships to the body – mine, yours, the performers’. Entering the room, Coastal Inversions by Swedish-Finnish sound artist Marja Ahti immediately takes us to another place, a sonic scene vibrating all around us, widening our sense of what’s inside and what’s out.

Old stories are retold – ancient rituals are beaten out with modern rhythms in Tansy Davies’ Dark Ground, Ferneyhough makes Cassandra stammer again through her story, and Liza Lim’s Amulet traverses the fingerboard of the viola, building a folkloric vision of holding and touching. Kurt Cobain sings us a dark vision of sexuality, torn apart and reformed by Cassandra Miller specifically for Mira Benjamin to play. Two world premieres follow – a vision of escape from Rufus Isabel Elliot, and James Weeks’ exploration of mutuality and privacy.

This programme seeks out ways music can grapple with touch and desire, be it intimate or violent. In particular, the programme concerns a grey area of intimacy, moulded by fear. Within, you will find music for protection, music to entrap, music to run away, music to speak, and music when you can’t speak.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund

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Header Image © Rufus Isabel Elliot

Dive Deeper

With a glass of wine in the Crypt Cafe and Bar

The Crypt Café & Bar

Open for hot and cold drinks from one hour before the performance, and during the interval (where applicable).
Card payments only.

Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

Online at
By phone on +44 20 7870 2500 (Monday to Friday 12–5.30pm)
In person at the Barbican Centre

£1.50 booking fee per transaction when booking online or by phone

Refunds and Exchanges

If you can no longer use your tickets, you can exchange them for another LSO St Luke’s concert or Barbican credit voucher (valid for six months). Please ensure that you inform the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings). A per-ticket administration fee applies for all exchange services.

Questions About Your Booking?

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Visit the Barbican website for conditions of sale and further information.

The LSO reserves the right to change artists or programmes if necessary. If the event is cancelled, all bookers will receive a refund. All discounts are subject to availability and may not be combined. Box office calls may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance or training purposes


£6 tickets for over-60s, full-time students and unwaged/unemployed people.


£5 tickets for under-18s.

Access Members

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