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‘Classical a sanctuary’
You can get a lot done in eight hours. If it sounds like something that might send you off to the land of slumber, that's exactly the idea. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence. It will start at midnight and continue until 8AM. Although a long performance, it's not the longest performance of a musical piece. The piece began in , starting with 17 months of total silence, with each chord often lasting months.
Radio 3 will join with broadcasters across Europe for the live simulcast of an eight-hour lullaby designed to send a continent in quarantine into a peaceful sleep. The eight-hour piece for piano, strings, electronics and soprano voice was performed to an audience slumbering on beds at its London premiere in BBC4 will broadcast the first televised choral concert during which none of the singers will physically meet.
Millions of people across Europe will be able to tune into an eight-hour lockdown lullaby on Radio Three. Recorded five years ago at the Wellcome Collection, the audience for the original show were encouraged to lie on beds and sleep through the music. The performance, which starts at 11pm on Saturday April 11, will reach listeners in more than 70 countries. Now we are all facing an unexpected and involuntary pause. Please enjoy this eight-hour place to rest. It also includes a virtual reality choir where none of the singers will meet and a series of sessions with performers including cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, performing from home.