Calling choir members to shower singers

  • 26
  • Jan

Would you like to be part of a London Symphony Orchestra concert? Now is your chance, as the LSO invites 500 Londoners to fill the Barbican Centre with song.

The concert – the UK premier of David Lang’s ‘the public domain’ – is taking place on 24 March 2019. Participation is completely free and the only requirement for those who wish to take part is availability to attend rehearsals in London on dates from Jan-Mar 2019. There are no auditions and there is no requirement to read music.

Simon Halsey, Choral Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with the LSO’s choral director Sir Simon Halsey.

He says: “This is an accessible, compelling and hugely enjoyable opportunity to create fascinating musical textures on an enormous scale. We’re looking for anyone from regular choir members to shower singers, to people who haven’t sung before but want to try something new.

“Plus, we’re inviting local choirs to sign up together and explore this unique piece of music as part of a 500-strong group.”

American composer David Lang wrote the public domain in 2016. Searching for a way to capture shared experiences through music, he typed ‘One thing we all have is our …’ into the search engine Google, and used the auto-fill function to see how people around the world completed the sentence. He then used this information to compose the piece.

David Lang said: “the public domain is designed for the entire community we live in so it doesn’t require music professionals, although they are welcome. Performers and audience should be indistinguishable from each other.”

Find out more and to register your availability for rehearsals here

Latest Discover Islington blog
Back to Discover Islington blog