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holding, breathing, beating: Rufus Isabel Elliot

LSO Discovery Jerwood Composer+ Showcase

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 I knapped the stone til it was gone / I laid it on the forest floor (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 around the themes of protection, entrapment, physicality and autonomy, curated by Rufus Isabel Elliot.

The abstraction of chamber music opens up difficult and co-existent points of view and emotional states. 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.

Liza Lim’s Amulet provides music for protection, keeping us safe for the journey into our imagination that is about to follow. 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. Kurt Cobain sings us a dark folk story, torn apart and reformed by Cassandra Miller – performed by violinist Mira Benjamin, the piece’s dedicatee.

Quiet and reflective, James Weeks’ winterærc is a gentle duet between violin and viola, holding together the instruments’ co-operation and freedom. The evening finishes with a new work by Rufus Isabel Elliot; returning to Greek mythology, it explores the image of Daphne running through the forest.

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

     Jerwood Developing Artists Fund logo

Dive Deeper

With a glass of wine in the Crypt Cafe and Bar

The Crypt Bar

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

Your Visit and Access

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?

Contact the Box Office at

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

Members of the Barbican’s Access Scheme can book wheelchair places priced at the lowest price for that event and book a free companion seat. Join the Barbican Access Scheme.