About this Event
We invite you to spend a Long Afternoon in the company of Longplayer, at London’s only lighthouse. Featuring a live performance from Laura Cannell, 3pm
For September's Long Afternoon, the Longplayer Trust is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed musician Laura Cannell to the Lighthouse.
Laura will play music from her newest solo release, BOW & CREAK, which was inspired by Longplayer.
"I was inspired by the landscape of the Longplayer score, its beautiful, never ending image of circles and shapes, combined with the waterscape and surroundings of the lighthouse of where is is housed; it was too hard to resist interpreting it into my own musical language.”
What are the Long Afternoons?
The Long Afternoons are open, social events hosted by the Longplayer Trust on the last Sunday of the month, from 12pm to 5pm. We invite you to join us to meet at the lighthouse and listen to Longplayer resonate through the space.
All ages welcome – we particularly welcome young people at Longplayer, and are pleased to offer guided activities from 1pm to 3pm.
What is Longplayer?
Longplayer is an everlasting musical composition, repeating once every 1000 years. It began playing at midnight on the 31st of December 1999, and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again. Conceived and composed by Jem Finer, it was originally produced as an Artangel commission, and is now in the care of the Longplayer Trust.
Longplayer can be heard in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, where it has been playing since it began. It can also be heard at several other listening posts around the world, globally via a live stream on the Internet, through an iOS app and occasional live performances.
About Laura Cannell
Laura Cannell is an internationally recognised musician originally from Norfolk. She has performed solo at Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, Latitude Festival, Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Tate Liverpool. Tate Britain, Unsound Festival in Poland, Flow Festival in Helsinki, Brighton Early Music Festival, The Aldeburgh Festival and many more.
She has written commissions for Hampton Court Palace, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Amazon Audible Originals and her tv and film music has appeared on Netflix, BBC2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Wales, and internationally on films and programmes.
Collaborators include the cellist Lori Goldston (Nirvana / Earth), Stewart Lee (Comedian / Writer), Electronic Sound Artist and composer Mira Calix, Cellist – Kate Ellis (Ireland’s Crash Ensemble), Welsh Experimental Harpist Rhodri Davies, Jennifer Lucy Allan (The Guardian, The Quietus & The Wire Journalist & Presenter of BBC Radio 3 Late Junction) and many others.
Please note there is limited access to the first floor and lantern room of the lighthouse, via very narrow stairs.
Toilets are available onsite at Trinity Buoy Wharf.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Longplayer, 64 Orchard Place, London, United Kingdom