13 September 2019 / 19:30 - 21:30
Mail Rail at The Postal Museum
£14 / Young Person (16-25) £10

Join us for The Listening Post, a one-off theatrical and musical performance by an orchestra like no other in the atmospheric setting of the 100-year-old Mail Rail.

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

The first time a concert has been held in Mail Rail, this unique evening 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. From walking among the orchestra to giant projections, each night offers an immersive take on classical music with a bar and after-party.

Southbank Sinfonia in Mail Rail

“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.”


About Southbank Sinfonia

Southbank Sinfonia is internationally recognised as a leading orchestral academy, each year bringing together some the world’s most talented graduate musicians to provide a much-needed springboard into the profession. Its annual fellowship provides unparalleled opportunities to gain crucial orchestral experience and the skills that 21st century musicians need to thrive, often in partnership with leading performing arts organisations.

“Southbank Sinfonia, a hugely talented young ensemble whose performances are always theatrical”

 – The Independent

From their experimental #ConcertLab performances to taking centre-stage in the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Amadeus, the musicians bring their own exploratory impulse to classical music, asking anew what orchestras have the power to communicate in the modern world. By virtue of their youth, energy and excellence, Southbank Sinfonia players not only bring fresh resonance to the stage but are also ideally placed to act as role-models who inspire many younger musicians on the Southbank and beyond.

This #ConcertLab performance is supported by The London Community Foundation, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and The Ambache Charitable Trust. Find out more >