The weekend after polling day, The London Sinfonietta perform two sets of newly commissioned songs. Co-curated by the London Sinfonietta with Matthew Herbert and the Royal Philharmonic Society, 16 composers consider the society before them – and the future they hope to influence and help create. From songs of protest to songs of hope, music has always played a pivotal role at times of social change and this concert launches a new era of impassioned political expression. Part of Southbank Centre’s Changing Britain festival.




What will the General Election bring? On Saturday 9 May – the weekend after polling day – the London Sinfonietta premieres 16 songs by composers considering the society they hope to see.

6pm set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Kerry Andrew writing on the NHS | Jordan Hunt on the power of optimism | Gavin Higgins on the impact of the bedroom tax | Benjamin Oliver and poet Luke Wright on loneliness and isolation | Emma-Ruth Richards on sex trafficking

7.15pm debate in The Front Room

8pm set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Michael Finnissy writing on education and dumbing-down | Emily Hall on climate change | HEJIRA on alienation | Gwyneth Herbert on creativity in education | Matthew Herbert on the value of words | Shabaka Hutchings on political apathy | Colin Matthews and writer Jackie Kay on the value of the arts | Philip Venables and performance artist David Hoyle on gender | Ian Vine on understanding and compassion | John Woolrich on money, killing and singing | Jason Yarde on homelessness

Tickets are £15, for entry to the whole night. There are also concessions, £5 student and £6.50 under-26 tickets available from the Southbank Centre box office: | 0844 847 8840.