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Ligeti in Wonderland, 11–13 May

Ligeti in Wonderland
György Ligeti was a magician among composers. His music spins fantastical webs and plays impossible games, makes the listener gasp in wonder and, in some cases, laugh out loud.

Among the generation of composers who burst on the scene after World War II, Ligeti was utterly distinctive, and counted among his obsessions Fractal Geometry, African music, spiders webs and Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland.

Join musicans and professors from the Royal College of Music as they take part in Southbank Centre’s Ligeti in Wonderland series this May. 

Booking information

Tickets are free and available from Southbank Centre.



11 May 2018, 1:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre

Hear musicians from the Royal College of Music perform two spirited pieces for wind quintet, framing Ligeti’s complex work for solo viola.


12 May 2018, 1:00pm
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

A fragment of Ligeti’s 11-piece piano masterpiece Musica Ricercata was featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut. Here it concludes an all Ligeti programme presented by Royal College of Music musicians.


13 May 2018, 2:00pm
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

Composition professor Michael Oliva discusses Ligeti and the contemporaries who inspired him, including experimental artists such as controversial electronic music composer Stockhausen.