The Listening Post - #ConcertLab

£10 / £14
Mail Rail at the Postal Museum i
The Listening Post - #ConcertLab
Henry Goodman Ralph Vaughan Williams
Mari Izzard Grace Williams
Hugh Sachs Gustav Holst

Experience love, laughter, tragedy and inspiration from over 5000 letters sent between some of the UK’s greatest composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Grace Williams and Elizabeth Maconchy. Actors will bring the composer’s words to life, and the acclaimed young musicians of Southbank Sinfonia their chamber music.

The first time a concert has been held in Mail Rail - the former engineering depot for the postal railway that transported millions of letters throughout the 20th century -  this unique performance will shine a new light on the story of British classical music and reveal the lives and personalities of some of the composers who shaped the nation’s soundtrack.

Southbank Sinfonia’s #ConcertLab series brings art forms together to explore how we might experience concerts differently. In addition to the performance, your ticket will give you after-hours access to the Mail Rail exhibition, with a pop-up bar open pre- and post-show.

“I like classical music. I’m not crazy about it. I’ve always thought of it as nice, harmless and not that sexy – like me at school. But after getting to experience #ConcertLab’s latest idea to revitalise how people listen to classical music, I’ve changed my mind… It made the music spectacular.”

Doors will open at 7.00pm, and the performance will start at 7.30pm. Tickets are for unreserved seating and are being sold via The Postal Museum. Find out more here.

This project is generously supported by The London Community Foundation, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts, The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and Ambache Charitable Trust. 

Part of #ConcertLab
Tickets £10 / £14
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Mail Rail Exhibition

Find out more about the interactive exhibition based in the engineering depot

Elizabeth Maconchy

A composer who defied gender prejudice and became "one of the most substantial composers these islands have yet produced"
Read her profile

Grace Williams

Find out more about one of Wales' most notable composers, and the first British woman to score a feature film
Read her profile
Concert supported by:
The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts