Laura Bowler

  • Duration

    48 mins

  • Year of composition


  • First performance

    30th January 2019, Jessica Cottis (conductor), Laura Bowler (soloist), HOME Manchester

  • Commissioned by

    Manchester Camerata & BBC Radio 3


Antarctica is an immersive work that explores contemporary society’s destructive relationship with the planet, provoking the audience to consider that our planet is urgently at risk from climate change. Commissioned by Manchester Camerata and BBC Radio 3, this visceral orchestral work captures both the serenity and harsh brutality of one of the planet’s most extreme regions.

Recreating the world of the southern oceans, Antarctica uses a mixture of 360 sound, temperature, smell, light and stunning visuals to make you feel you are one of the deckhands onboard the ship sailing down the Lemaire Channel. Created to challenge the way we think about our relationship with the planet, Antartica emphasises the growing need for us to acknowledge and act on dramatic climate change to conserve the planet for future generations.

Read Laura Bowler's Guardian article 'My journey to the end of the world' here.

Full scoring:

Electronics with orchestra

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