This is Rattle: Helen Grime - Britten Sinfonia

This is Rattle: Helen Grime

20 Sep 2017


Fantasia VII on one note

George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen & Colin Matthews

A Purcell Garland

Helen Grime

Into the Faded Air

Oliver Knussen




Helen Grime

A Cold Spring

Thomas Adès

Court Studies from 'The Tempest'


Dumbarton Oaks

Helen Grime


Jacqueline Shave



The British composer Helen Grime celebrates Sir Simon Rattle’s arrival with a personally-curated programme of her own music and its inspirations.

Helen Grime is one of many living composers being championed by Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the LSO. She’s responded with a programme that places her own richly-imagined music amidst the works – from Purcell to Stravinsky – that helped shape it.

So there are many living friends and inspirations in the mix: lovingly-crafted works by Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès and George Benjamin. Britten Sinfonia has this music in its artistic DNA, just as it’s superbly placed to trace Grimes’s roots through Stravinsky and Britten and right back to Henry Purcell: the acorn from which a living tradition took root.

Produced by the Barbican

Part of the Barbican’s This is Rattle, ten days of special events, including concerts, films and exhibitions, to celebrate the arrival of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and as Artist-in-Association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

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