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South Facing Festival is a brand new open air concert series taking over Crystal Palace Park this summer, featuring 12 headline music performances and a host of free midweek events for the whole community. The genre-spanning series will run from 5-31 August 2021 in the park’s iconic open-air concert stage, the Crystal Palace Bowl, including a performance by Max Richter on Saturday 28th August.

The Max Richter Ensemble play their only British show this year, opening with his classic work INFRA and featuring his acclaimed new work VOICES – a collaboration between Max Richter and Yulia Mahr. The Max Richter Ensemble is conducted by Robert Ziegler, with Grace Davidson soprano, Mari Samuelsen violin and the choir Tenebra.

VOICES is a major work created by Max Richter and his artistic partner Yulia Mahr featuring text adapted from the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the heart of VOICES is a profound sense of global community, born out of Richter’s career-long view of music as activism and his desire to unite audiences worldwide. Described by Richter as “a place to think”, VOICES was a response to our tempestuous political climate and the enduring need for compassion. VOICES opens with a 1949 recording of Eleanor Roosevelt reading the Declaration and includes excerpts read by a global community of 70 voices.

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