London Sinfonietta to perform work highlighting climate crisis—powered by bicycles

Posted on: May 14, 2021

“The Southbank Centre’s resident orchestra London Sinfonietta have announced a new project that will highlight the urgency of the climate crisis—a production powered entirely by bicycles, which will premiere at the Royal Festival Hall this July,” writes Lucy Thrives in Monday’s (5/10) Classical Music (U.K.). “Composer Laura Bowler has been commissioned to write Houses Slide, a piece for soprano and ensemble, which describes one woman’s psychological journey to investigate her response to the climate emergency. The production is directed by theatre director Katie Jane Mitchell OBE, whose minimalist approach will feature up to 16 bicycles powering the production alongside the musicians of the London Sinfonietta, conductor Sian Edwards and soloist Jessica Aszodi, who herself will perform from one of the bikes. Bowler has collaborated on Houses Slide with Ro Randall, psychotherapist and founder of Carbon Conversations, an organization which works with individuals to reduce their climate impact and cope with the personal effects of climate anxiety. All house and stage lights and amplification will be powered by ‘pedal power,’ meaning that the whole performance is off-grid.”