Human/Nature: Insights Day
The natural world has been a spark for human creativity since the dawn of music-making. Composers have always drawn inspiration from mountains, forests, rivers, oceans, and the fundamental connectedness of all life.
In his first season as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali presents Human/Nature. This series of live and online concerts, talks and screenings explores how composers have addressed humanity’s relationship with the natural world, each from the perspective of their own place, time and experience.
On 3 October from noon, the Philharmonia hosts the Human/Nature: Insights Day. A day filled with talks and discussions about campaigning and the role of arts in contributing to solutions for the environmental challenges of our time and the future. There will be performances by Philharmonia musicians and our artist in residence House of Absolute, a multidisciplinary powerhouse of artists, dancers and musicians working across Hip Hop, theatre, live art and film.
Our speakers are:
Anthony Bennett – Chief Executive of Reboot the Future
Sophie Austin – theatre and film director
Izzy McLeod – ‘The Quirky Environmentalist’
Dominique Palmer – climate justice activist, Fridays for Future International
Kim Polman – Founder of Reboot the Future
Jonathon Porritt – sustainability campaigner
Sophie Cameron – Philharmonia violinist and Equality Group co-chair
Love Ssega – musician and clean air campaigner
Dr Daniel Elphick – musicologist specialising in Russian music
In the first session (12pm to 1.45pm) Reboot the Future invite emerging and experienced environmental activists to talk about their role in campaigning for a more sustainable world, and how the arts can be used to share messages and advocate for change.
Join a panel of experts to delve into the themes of the Human / Nature series and this evening’s concert in the second session (2.15pm to 3.45pm). How have composers’ responses to the natural world been shaped by their place, time and experience? What role can the arts, individual artists and arts organisations play in addressing the climate emergency?