LSO Composer in Residence at 575 Wandsworth Road

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, LSO Composer in Residence at 575 Wandsworth Road, London

Our very first Composer in Residence scheme was launched at 575 Wandsworth Road earlier this year. A London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub project, the scheme brings together and celebrates the creative work of the late Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant, Khadambi Asalache alongside the work of one of today’s leading emerging composers, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian.

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, a LSO Soundhub associate, premiered her first piece of music inspired by the house at the launch. The captivating composition, combining a recording of Khadambi Asalache’s thumb piano with extracts from his poems, featured the renowned LSO violinist, Tom Norris.

Cevanne is using her two-year residency to work with LSO musicians to meaningfully interpret the history of the house and the exquisite work of Khadambi Asalache. Workshops during the first year engaged local communities and brought a new perspective on the house. Members of the local community, such as the Festival Chorus Wandsworth, were invited to attend these workshops and public sharing events during the first year of the residency. Cevanne will use the materials created in these workshops, and her engagement with LSO musicians, to develop a commissioned piece of music, which will be premiered at the end of her residency next year. Cevanne will also create a sensory ‘instrument’ based on her explorations during the two years to be used in the commission.

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, our Composer in Residence, in discussion with the LSO violinist, Tom Norris
Composer in Residence Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian with the LSO violinist, Tom Norris

Upcoming events

Tickets are currently available for the Showcase concert on the 28 November 2015, which will take place at St Paul's Church in Clapham. Presented by Cevanne and including LSO musicians, this public event will display everything that has been created and recorded during the first year. The dates for workshops and events in the second year of the residency will be announed in due course.

The Composer in Residence scheme at Khadambi's House is an LSO Soundhub project. Generous support has been provided by Khadambi Asalache's partner, Susie Thomson. The LSO are grateful to the National Trust, a partner in this project.

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

Cevanne is a daring Anglo-Armenian composer, singer & harper from Suffolk. Her music digs deep into the rich soil of the British Isles and is inspired by styles of all kinds – from Renaissance to Maqam.

She has balanced a diverse portfolio of commissions and projects, ranging from the LSO’s Panufnik Scheme, a Celtic harp duo with Ruth Wall (Goldfrapp) for BBC Radio 3, and a bi-lingual play for Swedish National Radio. Premières featured actor Jessica Hynes, MOBO-winner Zoe Rahman, roboticist Sarah Angliss, Oren Marshall, & Manu Delago. She previously completed a successful residency at Handel House.