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This Prom will be broadcast for free at 19:30 BST on BBC Radio 3 & live-streamed to BBC iPlayer.

Please note that it will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall for this concert.

Leading contemporary chamber ensemble the London Sinfonietta returns to the Proms for a live showcase of gripping music of the past 50 years, including three cityscapes – and a toy piano! The colourful, rhythmic and at times beautiful music arranges and alters sound in unexpected and intriguing ways – from sampled speech and street sounds woven into music, to an amplified bassoon transformed into an electric guitar.

The programme (performed both on the stage, and from positions around the Royal Albert Hall) includes music by four Americans, including two giants of the Minimalist movement Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as music by three inspiring British composers who have a strong association with the ensemble.


Philip Glass
Facades (from Glassworks)

Julia Wolfe
East Broadway (for solo toy piano)

Conlon Nancarrow
Player Piano Study No 6
(arr. Yvar Mikhashoff)

Conlon Nancarrow
Player Piano Study No 9
(arr. Yvar Mikhashoff)

Tansy Davies

Edmund Finnis
in situ

Anna Meredith
Axeman (for solo bassoon)

Steve Reich
City Life

London Sinfonietta
Geoffrey Paterson conductor

9 ways you can support us

This extended closure has put the Royal Albert Hall, like many other venues, in a perilous situation.

Without shows on we have lost our major source of funding, but there remains a number of ways you can continue to support the Royal Albert Hall during this crisis: