This special BBC Proms concert marks both 100 years since Armistice and 50 years since the London Sinfonietta was founded to perform the best in contemporary music.
Conducted by George Benjamin, the programme is centred on four brand new First World War-inspired compositions by a quartet of leading European composers: Luca Francesconi, Georg Friedrich Haas, Hannah Kendall and Isabel Mundry.
The evening also features two pieces written either side of the war, Ives’ searching The Unanswered Question and Stravinsky’s elegant Symphonies of Wind Instruments, along with a monumental work by one of the most important figures in 20th-century music: Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, a homage to those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.
Supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany London.
The four world-premieres are co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the London Sinfonietta. First presented as part of BBC Proms 2018.