Following the sad reconfirmation of a modern social epidemic firmly having taking root in the UK, Neo-Classical composer Toni Castells has drawn on the findings of former MP Jo Cox’s Commission of Loneliness, for inspiration in his latest work ‘HHUMANN X‘. The report, published in 2017, has divulged that more than 9 million people in the UK alone suffer from the affliction and Castells has taken aim to raise awareness through his premier live performance taking place at LSO ST. Lukes in Barbican on 20th October.
With the album’s themes centred around the subject of a paradox that highlights a growing social isolation in times of heightened technological connectivity, the event is also set to feature More Than Just a Choir – a community choir based in North London that works with people suffering from mental illness and social isolation.
The performance will utilise a staging metaphor designed to strengthen the idea that isolation and mental illness are invisible to most of us – The choir will appear towards the end of the piece, as they’ll be unknowingly sitting amongst the audience before their entry.
While initial innovation came largely from his teachers at music school, Castells’ overall sound was developed from a foundation of classical training combined with an inventive use of modern technology to produce a mixture of dreamy, cinematic and poetic soundscapes.
His music has since been described as “Morricone meets Satie” by Michael Haas, producer of prize-winning recordings with major classical artists including Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Cecilia Bartoli and Luciano Pavarotti.