Compelling listening is promised in Nico Muhly’s new work based on the life, tragically cut short of Alan Turing, the ‘father’ of computer science and artificial intelligence. This unsung hero has inspired Muhly to unfold the story of a man whose code-breaking was undoubtedly a decisive factor in the Allied Victory in the Second World War. Acclaimed counter-tenor Iestyn Davies performs the role of Turing to a libretto by best-selling author Adam Gopnik. Muhly’s own sound world is a colourful mosaic of passions and influences which we can hear in the first part of the concert with laments, sacred and profane by Dowland, Britten and Vivaldi.
In Conversation – Sat 6 Jun, The Fountain Room (Barbican), 6.30pm
A pre-concert talk with Nico Muhly about his new work. (Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Limited capacity)