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Join us in celebrating one of Britain’s most original musical voices. Thomas Adès plays composer, conductor and pianist in his 50th birthday concert from the Barbican with Britten Sinfonia.
Adès’s hand-picked programme captures the remarkable ability of music to conjure up countless different worlds at the drop of a hat. Make the mad dash from the summit of Olympus in Beethoven’s Prometheus; rustle in the undergrowth with an assortment of woodland wildlife in Janáček’s Concertino; and feel the grind of life aboard an 18th-century sailing ship in the UK premiere of Adès’s new work, Shanty*.