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Music of Today: Colin Currie

Royal Festival Hall

A photo of percussionist Colin Currie


Michael Francis – conductor
Colin Currie – percussion


Philippe Hurel Quatre Variations for vibraphone and ensemble

Luke Bedford Staggered Nocturne

Hear one of the most exciting performers in the world bring his formidable virtuosity and charismatic style to the stage, as Colin Currie performs the world premiere of a new work by British composer Luke Bedford.

First, Philippe Hurel’s intriguing Quatre variations for percussion and ensemble. After a mysterious opening in which the solo vibraphone presents the initial musical material, the ensemble begins to interject with rhythmic passages that eventually take over. Often doubled by other percussive instruments like the piano or marimba, the vibraphone becomes embedded in the energetic soundscape, only at times emerging for solo flourishes or for dramatic moments of opposition to the rest of the group.

Finishing the programme, experience the world premiere of Staggered Nocturne, a new work by composer Luke Bedford that was commissioned by the Philharmonia for this performance

Need to know

Prices & Discounts


No ticket required – just walk in

Running time

45 minutes, there is no interval

Recommended age



You can take drinks from the bar into this evening’s performance

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Luke Bedford’s Staggered Nocturne was commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra.


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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After the concert

Joana Carneiro

American Romantics: Barber, Copland and Bernstein

Joana Carneiro – conductor
Esther Yoo – violin

  • Steven Stucky Radical Light
  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • Copland Appalachian Spring Suite
  • Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Royal Festival Hall