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RNCM Orchestra Lab

Thursday 15 November 6.00pm

RNCM Concert Hall


W A Mozart Symphony No 39 in E flat major K 543

Struan Leslie director
Rachel Leach presenter
Andrew Casey, Mark Edwards, Anna Hartmann, Laurent Zufferey conductors

What should an orchestral performance look like in the 21st century? In our first ever Orchestra Lab, we examine traditional performance conventions and explore what happens when the body is fully connected to the music-making.

In the lead-up to this event, director Struan Leslie (previously Head of Movement at the RSC) will work with the orchestra, looking at how they use their bodies as they perform and explore the use of the performance space. This is not a ‘regular’ concert – the dynamic between the conductors and players changes as the format and the use of performance space

An hour in total, the first half is a Q & A with musical excerpts as Rachel Leach talks to Struan about his approach with some illustrations of his process to give a deeper understanding of his work and of the piece itself. Then comes the full performance of Mozart’s Symphony No 39. A second Orchestra Lab project will follow next June.

Photo credit: William Ellis

Pre-theatre dining is available before this event between 5pm and 7.30pm.

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Thursday 15 November 6.00pm - Tickets £5