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ELISION: Richard Barrett at 60




ELISION returns to City with the vivid, powerful music of British composer Richard Barrett, whose works have been inspired by, and tailored for the ensemble's fierce virtuosity since the early 1990s. Barrett and ELISION's close relationship has resulted in a major body of work, including large scale, extended cycles such as Opening of the Mouth (1992-97) and the two-hour long CONSTRUCTION (2003-11).

Their programme for City features emblematic works by Barrett for ELISION's soloists, culminating in a thirty-minute long new work for trombone and live electronics (diffused by the composer), membrane.


  • Richard Barrett, knospend-gespaltener (1992-93) for solo C clarinet
  • Richard Barrett, entoptic (2017-18) for solo percussion and live electronics
  • Richard Barrett, Book of Caverns (2018) for solo Eb clarinet (UK premiere)
  • Richard Barrett, air (1993 ) for solo violin
  • Richard Barrett, membrane (2017-19) for solo trombone and live electronics (world premiere)


Sarah Saviet, violin
Richard Haynes, clarinets
Benjamin Marks, trombone
Peter Neville, percussion

Richard Barrett, sound diffusion

ELISION has been celebrated for its unique instrumentarium, close and longterm artistic relationships with composers, its virtuosity, and the ability and deep commitment of its musicians to renegotiate and re-invent performance practice and technique.

Notable ELISION achievements include the first-ever appearances of Australian contemporary opera at the Opéra National de Paris and the Fomenko Theatre in Moscow; the curation of a concert series at Kings Place London from 2009-12; and residencies at the Universities of Harvard, Stanford, Huddersfield, and Southwestern Texas.

ELISION has commissioned over 200 new works, including repertoire classics such as Liza Lim’s Mother Tongue, co-commissioned with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Festival d’Automne à Paris.  ELISION has also joined with leading groups Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), CIKADA (Oslo), Line Upon Line (Austin) and MusikFabrik (Köln) for large-scale projects. Conductors worked with include Jean Deroyer, Franck Ollu, Christian Eggen, Manuel Nawri, Simon Hewett, Denis Cohen, Carl Rosman, Pierre-André Valade and Eugene Ughetti. Of singular importance to ELISION was the relationship with Italian conductor Sandro Gorli, established in the early 1990’s, which led to him becoming a resident conductor for the ensemble for the better part of that decade.

ELISION has performed at venues such as the Hebbel Theater Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie, Saitama Arts Theatre Tokyo, Pompidou Centre, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Art Gallery, and Vienna Konzerthaus; at festivals such as Wien Modern, Maerzmusik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, Züricher TheaterSpektakel, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, Ultima Oslo, TRANSIT Leuven, Spitalfields London, the Chekov International Theatre Festival Moscow, and Festival d’Automne à Paris. These engagements complement two decades of major appearances at the Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals with long-form installation and mixed media works.

The group’s discography extends to twenty-two compact discs including recordings made at the Deutschlandfunk, Radio Bremen and BBC Maida Vale Studios for release on HCR, KAIROS, NEOS, NMC and MODE, reviewed to acclaim in Gramophone, The Wire, New York Times, the Sunday Times and BBC Music Magazine.

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7.00pm - 8.00pmWednesday 1st May 2019

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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