This night of radical sound and silent film is directed by Gabriel Prokofiev with the superb musicians of the Renegade Orchestra. Echoes of Russian classical music greats are cut with sonic experimentation and electronica, reflecting the remarkable avant-garde experimentation of a century ago, alongside a screening of the 1927 film The End of St Petersburg and DJs from Nonclassical. You can also see the exhibition Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths exhibition after hours: the cost is included into the ticket price.

The evening opens  with the premiere of Dash Arts’ Renegade Orchestra, a revolutionary piece of music theatre written by Russian composer Alexander Manotskov with musicians from across the region. It is then followed by Vsevelod Pudovkin’s brilliant film The End of St Petersburg, in association with Kino Klassika, which beautifully depicts Russian peasants’ struggle and journey towards Revolution in 1917, will be accompanied by a live soundtrack from Gabriel Prokofiev, Alexander Manotskov, The Renegade Orchestra and UK-based musicians, including theremin virtuoso Lydia Kavina. Monumental sounds, sirens, strings and foley instruments are combined with elements from works of the period by composers such as Sergei Prokofiev (grandfather of Gabriel) and the legendary experimentalists Mossolov, Avraamov and Matyushin.

Please note this is not a seated event. Doors open 19.30, performances from 20.15. The exhibition gallery will close at 22.00.

Made possible with the support of PRS for Music Foundation, Rich Mix London (The End of St Petersburg) and the Oleg Prokofiev Trust, Brighton Festival and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts (Renegade Orchestra)

  • Date: 05 May 2017
  • The British Library 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB London
  • Time: 19.30 - 23.00
  • Website: http://www.bl.uk