New program guides new listeners to contemporary classical music

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The London Sinfonietta has launched a new hybrid program to introduce new listeners to contemporary classical music. Hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews (pictured) and music journalist Paul Morley, Couch to Concert uses podcasts, playlists and music itineraries to guide new listeners to their first concert of contemporary classical music, for which they will receive a free ticket.

Episode 1 of the podcast, ‘First Steps’ and its corresponding playlist are both now available on Spotify, and its second part, ‘Picking Up The Pace’ will be released this Thursday, May 12. The program will end with a concert at Kings Place at 8 p.m. on May 18, 2022, with music by Edgard Varèse, Pierre Boulez, Morton Feldman, Luciano Berio and Tansy Davies. The concert is conducted by Gerry Cornelius and presented by Sarah Mohr-Pietsch.

Listen to Episode 1 of the Couch to Concert series, “First Steps” here.

Listen to the concert repertoire playlist for ‘First Steps’ here.

The Couch to Concert program will be repeated four times over the next two concert seasons, each time exploring different essential repertoires and culminating in a live concert. More information is available on the Couch To Concert Landing Page.

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