Watch a film of the New Music 20×12 composers talking about their commissions

You can experience all 20 commissions across one weekend at Southbank Centre from 13-15 July. Don’t miss your chance to get involved in talks, debates and workshops, as well as a unique opportunity to book a one-to-one composer surgery with one of the New Music 20×12 composers.

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PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme initiated by Jillian Barker and David Cohen, and delivered in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG and NMC Recordings.



Presenter Mark Kermode and conductor Robert Ziegler talk about their upcoming concert, London On Film with the BBC Concert Orchestra and special guests Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend. Mark tells us how the concert came about and what he’s looking forward to, and Robert gives us an insight into the world of music and film. Recorded with thanks to BBC 6Music

London on Film is taking place on 11 June in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. To find out more and to book tickets click here.

Ether 2011: Trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey Live with Philharmonia Orchestra

Following a sell-out success in June 2010, Southbank Centre presents Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey with live music.

Conducted by André de Ridder, the enormous forces of Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Voices join together to perform the film’s extraordinary soundtrack, as live accompaniment to a screening in Royal Festival Hall.

Long recognised as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, 2001 – A Space Odyssey is celebrated for its technological realism, its innovative Oscar®-winning special effects and a bold use of music. The film brought worldwide fame to both Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and the music of Gyorgy Ligeti; it also created one of cinema’s most memorable images as a spaceship floats serenely through space to the strains of Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube waltz.

Here’s the official trailer from 1968.



Presented in association with the BFI (British Film Institute), with support from Warner Bros.

Catch 2001: A Space Odyssey Live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 7 & 8 April 2011 as part of Ether 2011. Get tickets here


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.

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IF YOU thought treating the kids to Icarus at the Edge of Time was enough of a treat, we’re now offering them the chance to win a goody bag! All they’ll need to do is draw their interpretation of Icarus and his spaceship as he travels through deep space. Encourage them to consider colours, how the spaceship is powered, and so on. Winners receive a cotton goody bag with an Icarus badge, a poster and much more!

Winners will also be mentioned in the show’s programme. Icarus at the Edge of Time is a futuristic remake of the classic Greek myth set in outer space. Featuring a brand new score by Philip Glass, performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with a cutting-edge film by Al + Al. Two performances on Sunday 4 July are designed especially for families. So roll up those sleeves, tip that pencil case upside down, and stick, draw and colour to your heart’s content (and make sure you let the kids have a go)! To find out more about Icarus and to book tickets, visit

Please ensure each submission includes: – Your child’s name – Age (please note children must be aged 7 – 12 to enter) – Parent/guardian’s name and address – Contact number Please send all entries to: Liz White, Marketing Department, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX Deadline for entries is Friday 18 June 2010.