Exclusive Interview: Brian Greene, Philip Glass and Al + Al talk about Icarus at the Edge of Time

The European premiere of Icarus at the Edge of Time is based on Brian Greene’s stunning book with a brand new score by Philip Glass performed live by London Philharmonic Orchestra and Marin Alsop and a cutting-edge film by Al + Al.

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Just announced: More tickets on sale for 2001: A Space Odyssey

We have just released more tickets for the sell-out 2001: A Space Odyssey. The world premiere of a unique presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Flood Tide: A sonification of the Thames

Flood Tide is a live musical performance on Sunday 4 July generated by the flow of the River Thames. Watch the video:

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OAE Family Concert: Podcast

Listen to Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s podcast which talks about their Family Concert as part of See Further: The Festival of Science + Arts which kicks off this Friday.

On Sunday 27 June at 4pm OAE present a family concert, A Celebration of Life on Earth which is a lively one-hour concert inspired by Haydn’s choral masterpiece The Creation.

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Bring the family to this engaging concert, and why not make a day of it by exploring The Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition on The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall before or after the concert, admission free.

Exclusive Icarus at the Edge of Time trailer

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Icarus at the Edge of Time has its’ European premiere here at Southbank Centre on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July.
Saturday 3 July it is performed alongside John Adam’s Doctor Atomic Symphony.

Sunday 4 July there are two family-friendly matinee performances of this stunning multimedia production.

Film by Al + Al

New score by Philip Glass

Story by Brian Greene

Narrated by David Morrissey

Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra and Marin Alsop

Adaption by Brian Greene & David Henry Hwang

David Morrissey narrates Icarus at the Edge of Time

After weeks of searching we’ve finally decided on a narrator for Icarus at the Edge of Time!
We are proud to announce that David Morrissey will be gracing us with his storytelling talents.

The highly acclaimed theatre and film actor, writer and director has starred in Doctor Who, Sense and Sensibility, State of Play and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. He has also recently appeared on stage at the Almeida in In A Dark Dark House and in Three Days of Rain at the Donmar.

So get involved in our drawing competition, come along to one of the shows and have a celebrity tell your kids a bedtime story for a change.

For more information visit.  http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/music/classical/tickets/icarus-at-the-edge-of-time-family-performance-52725

Quick questions with Professor Russell Foster

As part of See Further: The Festival of Science + Arts, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Resident at Southbank Centre, are performing a special family concert celebrating life on earth!

Inspired by Haydn’s The Creation, this engaging family concert mixes the worlds of music and science, presented by Professor Russell Foster and music animateur Mark Withers.

See Further into Russell Foster’s life with these quick questions!

What do you fear the most?

For the safety of my children – Charlotte, William, Victoria.

Which mobile number do you call the most?

My Wife’s mobile – Elizabeth. She rarely answers!

What – or where – is perfection?

Perfection is subjective and so cannot exist in any substantive way. There is the illusion of perfection and one might feel that some person, object or event is perfect at one moment in time – but alas nothing is truly perfect. Indeed the realisation that nothing can be perfect represents the end of adolescence and the beginning of the management of expectation.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

Book:              Sherlock Holmes – Awesome powers of Reason

Comic:            Superman –Awesome powers – and appropriately used

TV:                 Dr. Who – Awesome powers – and with a sense of humour

Film:               James Bond – Awesome powers – and likes a dry martini

Opera:            Don Giovanni Awesome powers – very inappropriately used

What’s your favourite ritual?


Which living person do you most admire (and why)?

In Public Life: The Queen – Life of dedication and personal self-sacrifice when it would have been so easy to have sat back and abused a privileged position. Has used position for good.

In My Private Life: My wife Elizabeth for putting up with me and being the most honest and decent person I know.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?

Effortless and masterful skill with the violin or in mathematics.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre (Royal Festival Hall/Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room/Hayward Gallery)?

Attending – what I think was the first live performance of-  “Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs” by Michael Nyman and then meeting him briefly after the event. The energy of the music performed live by the Michael Nyman Band was remarkable.

What’s your favourite website?

The Royal Society – http://royalsociety.org/

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

That the power of reason usually triumphs over our emotions – along with the appreciation that most of us respond emotionally in most situations! Also that humour is the glue of a civilized society. An individual, group, society or civilization that cannot laugh at itself is lost.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?

All four operas of The Ring of the Nubelung by Richard Wagner

What do you regard as the most important scientific discovery made so far this century?

In this the 21st Century it is far too early to say. In the 20th Century it is without doubt the understanding of how DNA encodes life and the central dogma of Gene > mRNA > Protein.