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RNCM Young Explorers

Shake It Up!

Sunday 13 October 2.00pm

RNCM Concert Hall

Mr Switch Young Explorers for web

Programme to include:
Don Davis The Matrix: Suite for Orchestra
John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Gabriel Prokofiev Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra

Tom Newall, CJ Wu conductors
Mr Switch DJ

For the latest in our Young Explorers series, we look at how composers have experimented to create new sounds and to shake up what people expect of ‘classical music’.

Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei…) wrote Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra in 2006, during a time when he was wrestling with his creative loyalties between classical and electronic music. According to Gabriel, a promoter asked him to write a concerto for a DJ using turntables, with the aim of bringing classical music to new places and new people. At first Gabriel didn’t like the idea – thinking it might turn out to sound terrible – but then he had a brainwave. What if the turntable player used the sounds created by the orchestra and manipulated them? It would be like the battle of sounds. Moving on a few years, the piece was performed at the BBC Proms in 2011, with world champion DJ Mr Switch, who is also our soloist for this concert. There will be opportunities for everyone to practice their DJ tricks!

Our programme also includes Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams and Don Davis’ iconic score from The Matrix, which fuses musical styles with electronic effects.

Our Young Explorers concerts are a brilliant way to introduce children to live classical music. These events are family-friendly, ‘relaxed’ performances specially designed to keep kids engaged and amused.

Family Ticket Offer: 4 people for £30. 
*select standard prices, discount will be applied at the checkout

Suitable for ages 8 and above

Photo by Tom George


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Sunday 13 October 2.00pm - Tickets £12