An audio-visual meditation presented in person with an introduction by Max Richter. Immerse yourself on Sunday morning with SLEEP.
In March 2023 Max recorded a ninety minute section of the eight hour SLEEP cycle with a live ensemble at Oxfordshire-based Studio Richter Mahr. This event is an opportunity to hear that music for the first time in the completely immersive and enveloping 12.1 surround sound of the BFI IMAX with a connected visual experience.
In this double bill charity concert, experience some of the best contemporary composition in the UK, and reflect on the meaning of Human Rights.
Studio Richter Mahr commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in this special charity event raising money for Médecins Sans Frontières.
Max Richter and his ensemble perform VOICES. Featuring readings from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the piece is performed on radically reimagined orchestration dominated by the low frequencies of basses and cellos.
Opening the concert, a special guest pianist will perform pieces from Free & Equal Vol. 2. Curated by BBC Radio 3’s Elizabeth Alker, Free & Equal Vol.2 features pieces from exciting contemporary composers arranged for piano.
Having first worked together on Max’s second album, The Blue Notesbooks, 20 years ago, Oscar winning-actor Tilda Swinton joined Max and his ensemble on stage at Glastonbury Festival to perform the record live together for the first time.
Fresh from this performance, Tilda joins Max at Bluedot Festival on 20th July, performing in front of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank.
Reading from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights during VOICES, this is her first ever performance of this work.
After Sydney, I’ll be travelling to Tasmania’s Dark Mofo festival, for three performances.
As well as performing VOICES and Recomposed twice, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be performing SLEEP again, seven years since we performed it in Sydney – the full eight hours, overnight at this beautiful location.
Out today, SLEEP: Tranquility Base is an EP of new music, returning to Max’s ground breaking 8-hour lullaby for a frenetic world.
‘A look at the material from a more electronic standpoint, this is a chance for me to see what this music means to me now, in this moment…
‘SLEEP is a kind of counter argument to what’s going on in the world. It’s a sort of alternative proposition to how things could be or how things are… towards the world we’re living in and helps to shine a light on the things we can do better.
The original thing which made us want to make this piece was a sense of being oversaturated – with data, with information – overstimulated… All of that is just worse now, there’s more of the same – much more of the same – and that makes the piece continually relevant’.
Continuing his collaboration with award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor, MADDADDAM is a new ballet co-commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Ballet.
Inspired by a dystopian triptych of novels by author Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam, themes of extinction and invention, hubris and humanity are spliced together with aspects of Atwood’s activism and her deep connection to the Canadian landscape, past and present.
The ballet premieres in Toronto 23rd – 30th November.