Inspired by Benjamin Britten and WH Auden’s Night Mail, Track to Track: The Athlon celebrates the journey of the Olympic Javelin Train taking passengers from St. Pancras Station to Stratford and back during the Olympics. Original motifs for the work have been prepared by children working in LCO’s and Barnardo’s Music Junction partnership. Track to Track: The Athlon, composed for ensemble and string orchestra, is set to a text by poet Glyn Maxwell and can be heard by train commuters as much as audiences in the concert hall.
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Graham Fitkin Band
London Chamber Orchestra
Glyn Maxwell narrator
'It feels like a really good, inclusive way of working that has brought something really magic to Track to Track and will help us truly celebrate the Olympic spirit' Evening Standard
Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation
The performance of Track to Track: The Athlon by the London Chamber Orchestra was recorded by Floating Earth at Cadogan Hall, London on 22 March 2012, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 May 2012.