London Contemporary Music Festival 2018 Features Five New Commissions

Elaine Mitchener

London Contemporary Music Festival 2018 Features Five New Commissions

7th edition of festival will also include music by Gerald Barry, Julius Eastman and Annea Lockwood.

The 2018 London Contemporary Music Festival will feature eight events taking place across 1–16 December, with performances from Apartment House ensemble, choir collective Musarc and record label The Death of Rave. 

The programme for the 2018 LCMF programme is inspired by the philosopher Donna Haraway, best known for her A Cyborg Manifesto, and her work around science, feminism and post-humanism, reflected in what the festival organisers call a ‘multi-species muddle’ of music, dance, film and art. The festival has the subtitle ‘Sounds of the Thick Present’. 

New commissions
The festival will include five commissions, including a new set of songs by artist Mark Leckey’s cyborg statue; a new algorithmic computer music piece by Mark Fell; a multi-disciplinary work by producer Klein in collaboration with artist Club Couture; and orchestral works by performer-composers Neil Luck and Elaine Mitchener performed by the LCMF Orchestra.

Also featuring at the festival will be Musarc choral collective performing music by Steve Potter, Sylvia Lim, Georgia Rodgers and Jenny Moore; the European premiere of Michael Pisaro’s Grain Canons, performed by Apartment House; Annea Lockwood’s hour-long Sound Map of the Hudson River installation and interviews; the world premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Destruction of Sodom and the UK premiere of Julius Eastman’s The Prelude and Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc.

Most of the festival’s events will take place at main venue Ambika P3, an underground concrete space at the University of Westminster, built in the 1960s. The festival will also feature four satellite events such as The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (1 December), a day of talks, performances and music as part of the Serpentine Gallerie’s year-long ecological research project. Second Home in Shoreditch will host a collaborative dance/music work I feel so Mezzaniney (8/9 December); Bloc will host Death of Rave, a night of electronic and dance music; and a set of talks and performances on 15 December (line-up TBC) will be held at Walmer Yard, a set of houses designed to increase public understanding of architecture. 

For the full line-up and tickets, visit

Published on 22 October 2018

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