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Ionisation by Edgar Varese (pictured right) was one of the first pieces of music I fell in love as a direct result of studying it at high school. Granted, I had just started playing orchestral percussion with the school band and was having my 14 year old ears opened to the world of ‘modern classical music’ so the combination of sirens, snares, gongs and general clattering bits was bound to appeal. Varese, along with Xenakis and John Cage set me along an experiment music path I still happily follow.

Over the weekend of the 16 – 18 April, the London Sinfonietta and Southbank Centre are presenting concerts of all of Varese’s works in three concerts.

Guaranteed to be weird and fun.

More info and book tickets.