The London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle will join forces with musicians from East London and the Guildhall School in the world premiere of The Hogboon, a children’s opera by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, on 26 June at The Barbican.
The Hogboon is Maxwell Davies’ last major work, following his death earlier this year. The opera is directed by Karen Gillingham with design by Rhiannon Newman Brown. The LSO’s Discovery Choirs (made up of children aged 7 to 18) join the London Symphony Chorus and musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama will all perform alongside the LSO.
Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera is based on a local folktale from the Orkney Islands in Scotland, where the composer lived and worked. The Hogboon tells the story of a boy, Magnus, who must save his family and community from Nuckleavee, a vengeful and terrible sea-monster who lives in the waters around them. Magnus he has the help of his Hogboon, a familiar spirit which lives in each house in Orkney, looking after the the family that lives there.
Also in the programme is Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, performed by Guildhall School musicians sat side-by-side with members of the LSO.