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LCV with Ex:Re (Elena Tonra of Daughter) at Southbank Centre, plus Eivør, Rachel Sermanni and more

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LCV with Ex:Re (Elena Tonra of Daughter) at Southbank Centre, plus Eivør, Rachel Sermanni and more

London Contemporary Voices

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Following a sell-out show in November which sparked viral videos, LCV returns to Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Diverse guest collaborators include Ex:Re (Elena Tonra of Daughter), Faroese artist Eivør, composer Paul Frith and classical Indian singer Deepa Nair Rasiya. The music examines the themes of order, disorder and chaos, interpreted emotionally, politically and mathematically. TICKETS

On May 18 the pioneering choir London Contemporary Voices hosts a phenomenal line-up of female musicians at London’s Southbank Centre, continuing a drive against gender bias in music programming. Having received the accolade of Union Chapel’s Best Gig of 2018, LCV’s Women In Music show last year advocated greater visibility for female music-makers and included an inspiring speech by activist and musician Charlotte Church. At Southbank Centre, LCV stands by its word, inviting collaborations with incredible women from different musical traditions to work alongside one of the UK’s leading choirs. Elena Tonra of Daughter will close the show, performing several songs from her new album Ex:Re uniquely arranged for choir.  

 As well as special guest collaborations, contemporary classical pieces will feature alongside choral versions of popular songs by artists such as James Blake, Aurora and Florence + The Machine. LCV is well-known for its popular covers, with some videos from the last concert gathering upwards of 80,000 YouTube hits and shares from the likes of Hozier and Florence Welch.

LCV is a thriving community of young singers and composers from diverse musical backgrounds who are succeeding in breaking-down traditional boundaries to engage new audiences with choral music. The choir has worked with over 100 artists including 19 Grammy winners and nominees. Tonight’s Southbank Centre show will provide a platform for several of LCV’s emerging composers to have their work performed alongside international artists at one of the UK’s most prestigious venues.  


Guest collaborations

Ex:Re is the new project from Elena Tonra, lead singer of critically acclaimed band Daughter. The band has had two UK top 20 albums in recent years and now Elena is touring her deeply personal debut solo album Ex:Re, including a Friday night headline for BBC 6 Music Festival. Elena is known for her hauntingly beautiful vocals and has developed a reputation for searingly honest songwriting. Composer Paul Frith (below) has arranged two songs from Elena’s new album to be performed with LCV (Crushing and My Heart).

Eivør is the Faro Islands’ biggest artist. She has gained widespread acclaim throughout Northern Europe and has even been named Icelandic Female Singer Of The Year. From traditional folk roots, her music now features in Hollywood films including Oscar-nominated Deepwater Horizon and Martin Scorsese’s Silence, as well as soundtracks for popular series The Last Kingdom and the biggest video game of 2018, God Of War. LCV’s founder Anil Sebastian is arranging two songs which Eivør will perform with the choir, building on his previous work with with the artist.

Rachel Sermanni is a Scottish folk musician, described as "one of Britain's most promising folk artists" (The Guardian) and "a captivating talent" (The Independent). Sincere and refreshing, her songs incorporate characters from or inspired by her native Highlands, and others are snatched right from her worst nightmares. The current collaboration builds on previous shows at Union Chapel and King’s Place, incorporating Rachel’s newer material.

Paul Frith orchestrated for The XX’s Mercury-nominated album I See You and Bear’s Den’s Ivor Novello-nominated album Islands. His reworks for Simple Minds and Radiohead have made him a sought after collaborator. Composing for LCV and singer Deepa Nair Rasiya, Frith will present the extraordinary life of Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician from India and one of the most gifted to have ever lived. Frith's further work will explore the physics concept of entropy -which broadly can be described as the probability of energy dispersal in a certain direction; i.e. why hot objects cool and ice melts - Frith will apply this musically to a 170 piece choir!

Archie is a new vocal quartet from four female singers, all of whom are members of LCV Choir. Inspired by LCV’s collaboration with The Staves at the end of 2018, LCV has played an active role in facilitating the early stages of the new group, who have started writing original music and close-harmony covers. Early signs are exciting with the group having already caught the attention of BBC Radio 2 and re-shares from Bruno Major. 

LCV is known for boundary-breaking concerts. Previous collaborators include 19 Grammy winners/nominees, including Alt-J, Sam Smith, U2 and Imogen Heap. This evening 1 to 170 singers will demonstrate the power and versatility of the human voice.