LSO St Luke's Autumn Guide 2013
All autumn events taking place at LSO St Luke's, a stunning Grade-I listed former church and modern-day concert venue, run by the London Symphony Orchestra. Events include concerts for families, masterclasses, open rehearsals, BBC Radio 3 live broadcasts, gigs, world music and more.
London Symphony Orchestra um ut A n 13 20 WHATâ€™S ON BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS Discover Mozart Chamber Music UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA Norwegian Requiem Folk-inspired song SPECIAL GUESTS Pianohooligan / Nynke Chris Thile / Aurora 2 HIGHLIGHTS e UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA Hear the Norwegian landscape echo around LSO St Luke’s in the first of this season’s UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica performances. Trumpeter Arve Henriksen is joined by Choralia – the Wells Cathedral School Girls’ Choir – and the LSO Community Choir. Page 16 & 17 rt a z o n i nM i ur iat M One of the most inventive and prolific composers in music history – this autumn’s BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts are devoted to Mozart. This eight-week exploration features some of the most prominent ensembles on the London scene, and fresh and exciting groups from the BBC’s New Generation Artist scheme. Pages 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13 & 14 No rw eg ian So un ds BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS LSO DISCOVERY A plethora of opportunities to join in and get behind the scenes: why not attend Open Rehearsals, Discovery Days, Free Friday Lunchtime Concerts, Story Telling for under-5s or join the LSO’s Community Gamelan Group or Choir? Find out mor e Mandolin virtuoso and composer Chris Thile won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. Experience his unique and captivating sound on 8 November. Page 12 hile sT Chri Ny nk e SPECIAL GUESTS TRANSCENDER Ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic music from across the globe, the Barbicanâ€™s annual Transcender weekend brings genre-bending Dutch singer Nynke to LSO St Lukeâ€™s. Pages 6 & 7 MASTERCLASSES Master pianist Emanuel Ax kicks off our 2013/14 season of masterclasses. Hear him work with students from the Guildhall School, and perform with the LSO at the Barbican alongside Bernard Haitink. Page 9 Em an ue lA x Get in Touch Join us on Facebook facebook.com/lsostlukes Follow us on Twitter @lsostlukes Subscribe to our YouTube channel youtube.com/lso Go to lso.co.uk and click Join our E-list or email email@example.com 4 SEPTEMBER io 3 BBC Rad Concerts e Lunchtim MOZART CHAMBER MUSIC Breathtakingly intimate and expertly crafted, chamber music can reveal a different side to the world’s greatest composers, something that BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts at LSO St Luke’s have explored throughout their ten-year history. Of all composers in the history of chamber music, there can be few who were as prolific – or inventive – in this area as Mozart. Autumn’s eight-week series celebrates this, shining a spotlight on the Classical composer and revealing the variety, imagination and sheer beauty that lie behind his vast chamber output. The eight concerts take in works drawn from each stage of Mozart’s career (starting with the First String Quartet, written when he was just 14 years old) and spans music for solo piano to the 13-instrument ‘Gran Partita’ Serenade. Sonatas, Quartets, Quintets, Divertimentos and more are also visited along the way, showing the peerless compositional genius that allowed Mozart to establish chamber music as a vehicle for both personal expression and serious artistic exploration. A line-up of some of the finest musicians on the international stage will bring these classical masterpieces to life, featuring pianist and Mozart specialist Christian Blackshaw, rising-star violinist Vilde Frang, and the ever creative Ebène Quartet (pictured above). lso.co.uk/lunchtimeconcerts lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 5 Sat 21 Sep 7.30pm SPECIAL GUESTS SINFONIA D’AMICI: TWILIGHT WORKS Mozart Overture: The Magic Flute Strauss Oboe Concerto Josephine Stephenson New Work Haydn Symphony No 104 Sinfonia d’Amici Harry Ogg conductor After their sell-out debut in April, Sinfonia d’Amici return to LSO St Luke’s with a concert that celebrates the entire span of the compositional life cycle, framing a world premiere by the exciting young composer Josephine Stephenson with works by Haydn, Strauss and Mozart which retain a vibrant optimism despite being written in the very Decembers of the composers’ lives. Tickets £15 (£7 concessions) Promoted by Sinfonia d’Amici Rachel Leach Sun 22 Sep 7pm Thu 26 Sep 1pm Fri 27 Sep 12.30–1.15pm SPECIAL GUESTS BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS LSO DISCOVERY BALANESCU QUARTET: ‘MARIA T’ Alexander Balanescu & Klaus Obermaier Mountain Call Alexander Balanescu Aria; Spotdance; Butelcuta; Lullaby; Turning Wheels; Empty Space Dance; UI; Wine, So Good; The Young Conscript and the Moon; Life and Death Alexander Balanescu violin James Shenton violin Katie Wilkinson viola Nick Holland cello Steve Arguelles drums Klaus Obermaier visuals ‘Maria T’ is a celebration of the genius of Maria Taˇnase (1913–63), the diva of Romanian folklore. Taking Taˇnase’s songs as a starting point, Balanescu has created new compositions with a very personal language. The perfomance features striking visuals by Austrian video artist Klaus Obermaier presenting archive footage of Maria Taˇnase, with the live quartet seamlessly incorporated into the visual experience. Tickets £10 £15 Promoted by the Romanian Cultural Institute CHRISTIAN BLACKSHAW Mozart Piano Sonata in B-flat major Fantasy in C minor Piano Sonata in F major LUNCHTIME CONCERT FOR ALL AGES OVER 5 Join LSO players and Guildhall School musicians as they explore Russian music with presenter Rachel Leach. Christian Blackshaw piano Free entry, just turn up on the day! Christian Blackshaw takes listeners on a journey through three of Mozart’s solo piano works, showcasing both the composer’s trademark lyricism and the bold, turbulent contrasts of his later music. For more information or group bookings, call Lucy Butcher on 020 7382 2547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Supported by Coutts Charitable Trust, Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) All events take place in the Jerwood Hall unless otherwise stated. For full booking information, see page 24. 6 SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER Thu 3 Oct 1pm BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS LONDON WINDS Mozart Quintet in E-flat major Mozart Serenade in C minor London Winds Michael Collins director Leon McCawley piano An ensemble of Britain’s finest wind players present two chamber works by Mozart. While the Quintet is elegant and nimble, the Serenade, with its minor key and expressive gestures, is the composer’s most dramatic work in the genre. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) Gianandrea Noseda Fri 27 Sep 8pm Sat 28 Sep 10am–2pm Fri 4 Oct 7.30pm SPECIAL GUESTS LSO DISCOVERY SPECIAL GUESTS Conductor Gianandrea Noseda puts the LSO through its paces ahead of this Barbican concert on 29 September. Works include Shostakovich Symphony No 6. Intense brushes of Mediterranean musical colours – from fado to flamenco – permeate the elegant landscapes of Dutch singer Nynke’s inimitable chanson creations. Sung in Frisian – her music nurtures a strong sense of communion by re-establishing spiritual bonds with the land. UNSOUND: LUSTMORD + PIANOHOOLIGAN Welsh-born, California-based Brian Williams (aka Lustmord) brings his solo audio-visual show to London. Having first emerged as an associate of industrial outfit SPK in the 80s, Williams embarked on a solo career which has seen him at the forefront of dark and daring ambient music for over 30 years. Polish jazz pianist and composer Piotr Orzechowski (aka Pianohooligan) completes the double bill. One of the most awarded musicians of his generation, the 23-year-old received first prize at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition and has collaborated with an eclectic list of artists including Krzysztof Penderecki and Adrian Utley from Portishead. Tickets £20 Produced by Barbican LSO OPEN REHEARSAL Tickets £4, telephone booking only Sun 29 Sep 10am–5.30pm, Barbican & LSO St Luke’s LSO DISCOVERY DISCOVERY DAY: SHOSTAKOVICH FOR ALL AGES OVER 12 An in-depth Discovery Day on Dmitri Shostakovich. The day will begin at the Barbican with access to an LSO rehearsal with Gianandrea Noseda. In the afternoon, musicologists Michelle Assay and David Fanning will discuss the life and work of Shostakovich, paying particular interest to his Sixth symphony, followed by a performance of one of his string quartets by players from the LSO. Full day tickets £17 (£13.50 concessions) Afternoon only £12 Piotr Orzechowski (Pianohooligan) NYNKE Tickets £15 Part of Transcender 2013 Produced by Barbican lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 7 ‘Language, landscape and soundworld seem perfectly connected.’ Evening Standard on Nynke’s album Alter Tra n sce nd er Nynk We ekee at nd THE FRISIAN FADO SINGER MAKES HER LONDON DEBUT SPECIAL GUESTS The Barbican’s critically-acclaimed Transcender weekend aims to boldly explore spiritual, sensual and psychadelic music from around the world, and the genre-bending Dutch singer Nynke fits the bill perfectly. Her inimitable style blends intense Mediterranean sounds – notably fado, the Portuguese melancholic song tradition – with the poetry of the historically rich Frisian language, spoken only in the northern part of the Netherlands. Nynke’s ground-breaking albums present a crosscultural smorgasbord inspired by her travels around the world. The first establishes the unprecedented ‘Frisian fado’ fusion; the second and third introduce Latin American and Mongolian influences respectively. This year Nynke presents her new album Alter, made in collaboration with acclaimed Spanish guitarist and producer Javier Limón. In his words, ‘The music of the words in Frisian is very strong, and in the songs you hear the sound of the landscape, the far sights, the huge sky and the green. Then there’s this exceptional voice; when Nynke starts to sing, something happens’. 8 OCTOBER Family Arts Festival EVENTS FOR ALL THE FAMILY LSO DISCOVERY This autumn is a truly exciting time for families looking to spend quality time together. Between 18 October and 3 November, the first ever UKwide festival of family-oriented arts events, run by the team who brought you the Cultural Olympiad, will take place. From music to theatre, to circus, art and dance, the Festival has been designed with all generations in mind – not just the kids! At LSO St Luke’s, contributions include a free Friday Lunchtime Concert (25 October) of Russian music led by presenter Rachel Leach where audiences are encouraged to get involved, and a performance of two Mozart String Quartets (31 October) recorded by BBC Radio 3 and suitable for over-12s. Outside of the Festival, our popular Shake, Rattle & Roll workshops and story-telling for under-5s continue; these book up fast so get in there quickly! Composer Benjamin Britten wrote numerous works for children: the LSO Youth Choir and children from local schools will perform his witty Friday Afternoons on what would have been his 100th birthday. lso.co.uk/bringyourfamily lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 9 Sun 6 Oct 7.30pm Thu 10 Oct 1pm SPECIAL GUESTS BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS GRAPHIC SCORES ARONOWITZ ENSEMBLE CELEBRATING THE ART OF MUSIC Mozart Adagio in B minor for Piano String Quartet in G major Piano Quartet in E-flat major Works by George Crumb, Cathy Berberian, Fred Frith, John Cage, Wadada Leo Smith, Cornelius Cardew, Tom Phillips and Jennifer Walshe Aronowitz Ensemble The Aronowitz Ensemble explores the diversity of Mozart’s chamber music, from the deeply personal Adagio in B minor for solo piano to his very first String Quartet, written when he was just 14 years old. Joanna MacGregor piano Elaine Mitchener vocals Tom Arthurs trumpet Oliver Coates cello Isambard Khroustaliov electronics Graphic Scores celebrates an inspiring area of music that rivals the best contemporary art, featuring innovative pianist Joanna MacGregor at the heart of a group of the UK’s most original musicians. A transatlantic vision of music spanning contemporary classical, experimental and jazz, works range from familiar notation, comic strip to abstract art, all performed against the striking visual backdrop of their projected scores. Tickets £10 £15 £22 Promoted by Sounduk Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) Joanna MacGregor Wed 9 Oct 3–6pm Fri 11 Oct 12.30–1.15pm LSO DISCOVERY LSO DISCOVERY MASTERCLASS: EMANUEL AX Musicians from the Guildhall School will be coached by Grammy Award-winning American pianist Emanuel Ax, a frequent LSO soloist. Free entry, booking essential LUNCHTIME CONCERT FOR ALL AGES OVER 5 Join LSO players and Guildhall School musicians as they explore Russian music with presenter Rachel Leach. Free entry, just turn up on the day! For more information or group bookings, call Lucy Butcher on 020 7382 2547 or email email@example.com Supported by Coutts Charitable Trust, Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons ‘The Aronowitz works as a true ensemble, listening, responding, moving as one and creating mellifluous, fascinating textures.’ Daily Telegraph on the Aronowitz Ensemble Aronowitz Ensemble 10 OCTOBER – NOVEMBER Thu 17 Oct 1pm BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS LONDON WINDS Mozart Adagio for Two Clarinets and Three Basset Horns Mozart Serenade in B-flat major (‘Gran Partita’) London Winds Michael Collins director Mozart’s striking Adagio for Clarinets and Basset Horns (an instrument similar to the clarinet but larger and with a greater range), possibly written to accompany a Masonic ceremony, is followed by the eight-movement ‘Gran Partita’ Serenade. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) Lendvai String Trio Sun 20 Oct 4pm & 7pm Thu 24 Oct 1pm Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm SPECIAL GUESTS BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS SPECIAL GUESTS 4pm Carnival of Souls (dir Herk Harvey, 1962) 7pm Dementia 13 (dir Francis Ford Coppola, 1963) Bach arr Mozart Preludes and Fugues from ‘The Well Tempered Clavier’ Mozart Divertimento in E-flat major A cinematic happening unlike anything you will have experienced before. Herk Harvey’s stunning black and white cult classic Carnival of Souls and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13 are both gems of gothic horror, stylishly helmed on a shoestring budget. New Zealand’s leading musical madman Leon Radojkovic and his crew of musicians and actors bring back the undead live on stage. Lendvai String Trio Folk artist Sam Amidon has been recording for over a decade and playing music for 20 years before that, despite only being 32. In this performance he presents his Nonesuch release Bright Sunny South, which he describes as a ‘lonesome record’ and in which he reworks classic folk songs, country ballads and shape-note hymns. A fearless singer and musician, he also takes on pop hits by the likes of Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw, challenging what folk can be. LIVE LIVE CINEMA Tickets £18 £22 per performance Book for both performances at the same time and get a 30% discount. Produced by Barbican in association with Jumpboard Productions LENDVAI STRING TRIO Regarded as ‘one of his noblest works’, the Divertimento in E-flat is Mozart’s only completed string trio; his arrangements of the WellTempered Clavier show the iconic work in new light. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) Tickets £13.50 £17.50 Produced by Barbican Fri 25 Oct 12.30–1.15pm Thu 31 Oct 1pm LSO DISCOVERY BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS LUNCHTIME CONCERT FOR ALL AGES OVER 5 Join LSO players and Guildhall School musicians as they explore Russian music with presenter Rachel Leach. Free entry, just turn up on the day! For more information or group bookings, call Lucy Butcher on 020 7382 2547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Supported by Coutts Charitable Trust, Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons Sam Amidon SAM AMIDON CHIAROSCURO QUARTET Mozart String Quartet in F major Mozart String Quartet in E-flat major Chiaroscuro String Quartet Period specialists Chiaroscuro, led by star violinist Alina Ibragimova, present two sterling examples of Mozart’s mature quartet writing: the third of six quartets dedicated to Haydn, together with the third ‘Prussian’ quartet – the composer’s very last. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 11 Fantasy, R e ality & Im agination ‘Tourists and natives, young and old, Classical music devotees and casual bypassers: all stood or sat in silence for two hours – except when the music stopped and a footballstyle roar erupted.’ The Times on Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev and the LSO in Trafalgar Square Sun 3 Nov 10am–5.30pm Barbican & LSO St Luke’s LSO DISCOVERY DISCOVERY DAY: BERLIOZ An in-depth Discovery Day on the life and works of Hector Berlioz, with access to an LSO rehearsal, followed by a lecture and chamber performances from LSO players in the Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s. Full day tickets £17 (£13.50 concessions) Afternoon only £12 GERGIEV’S BERLIOZ Head over to the Barbican this autumn and join the London Symphony Orchestra as Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev channels his famously intense, magnetic energy into some of the most powerful music ever written – Hector Berlioz’s dramatic masterpieces. Berlioz, an incurable idealist and determined innovator, was everything you’d expect from a Romantic composer. With a turbulent personal life to match his equally intense music, he poured his emotions and experiences into each composition. But beyond his colourful personality, Berlioz was also a musical trailblazer, revolutionising the Romantic orchestra and adding voices, characters and stories into his dramatic instrumental music. This autumn is your chance to explore his greatest works in depth, from ground-breaking orchestral works to choral masterpieces and more. Find out more about the series at lso.co.uk/berlioz 12 NOVEMBER hile T Chris IN PROFILE SPECIAL GUESTS Award-winning mandolin virtuoso and composer Chris Thile is considered by many to be one of America’s most innovative and versatile musicians. Far from being restricted by the mandolin’s country music origins, Chris’ playing embraces a vast and eclectic mix of styles and genres; everything from jazz and rock to Bach and bluegrass. Success came early for Chris – at the age of twelve he established himself as a child prodigy and a talent to be reckoned with, winning first prize at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival mandolin competition. Since this early success, his career has gone from strength to strength gathering massive critical acclaim and a host of prestigious awards and accolades, including a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2012 and the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. Chris’ most recent projects include a collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the release of an album of Bach Sonatas and Partitas and the completion of his Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra. lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 13 Thu 7 Nov 1pm BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS VILDE FRANG Mozart Violin Sonata in G major Violin Sonata in A major Violin Sonata in E-flat major Vilde Frang violin Michail Lifits piano Two leading virtuosos explore a range of sonatas spanning Mozart’s artistic adulthood, from rapidly developing genius in Mannheim to full maturity in Vienna. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) Vilde Frang Fri 8 Nov 12.30–1.15pm Fri 8 Nov 7.30pm Sat 9 Nov 7.30pm LSO DISCOVERY SPECIAL GUESTS LSO DISCOVERY LUNCHTIME CONCERT FOR ALL AGES OVER 5 Join LSO players and Guildhall School musicians as they explore Russian music with presenter Rachel Leach. Free entry, just turn up on the day! For more information or group bookings, call Lucy Butcher on 020 7382 2547 or email email@example.com Supported by Coutts Charitable Trust, Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons CHRIS THILE Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventional genres, creating a new musical aesthetic. He presents music from his new Bach recording, while also exploring his own compositions. Tickets £20 £25 Produced by Barbican LSO SOUNDHUB: WORKERS UNION ENSEMBLE LSO Soundhub welcomes the Workers Union Ensemble for the London date of their ‘Constructing a Repertoire’ tour with support from PRS for Music. The concert will feature new works by LSO Soundhub associates and other young composers including Joe Cutler, Daniel Saleeb and Composerin-Association Matthew Kaner alongside pieces by Laurence Crane and Matthew Shlomowitz. The concert will also feature the final of the Ensemble’s Call for Works competition. Tickets £10 (£5 concessions) Produced by LSO Soundhub in association with Workers Union Ensemble LSO Soundhub is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation LSO Sound hub LSO Soundhub’s aim is to provide a flexible space for emerging composers to explore, collaborate and experiment. At LSO St Luke’s, the scheme’s home, Soundhub members can try out new ideas and develop existing work in a supportive environment, while having access to vital resources and mentoring from industry professionals. lso.co.uk/soundhub 14 NOVEMBER Sun 17 Nov 7.30pm LSO DISCOVERY GAMELAN CONCERT Andy Channing director LSO Community Gamelan Group plus special guests Come and immerse yourself in an exciting performance of traditional and contemporary Balinese music. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) Mon 18 Nov 7.30pm LSO DISCOVERY COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT David Lawrence conductor LSO Community Choir Aurora Orchestra Thu 14 Nov 1pm Sat 16 Nov 7.30pm BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS SPECIAL GUESTS EBÈNE STRING QUARTET Mozart Divertimento in D major Divertimento in F major String Quartet in D minor AURORA ORCHESTRA NEW MOVES: EARTH SONG Britten (arr Imogen Holst) Rejoice in the Lamb Mahler (arr Iain Farrington) Das Lied von der Erde Ebène String Quartet Dynamic contrasts from the standout young Ebène Quartet: two divertimentos written when Mozart was just 15 years old, together with the darker and more involved D minor ‘Haydn’ quartet. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) Aurora Orchestra Nicholas Collon conductor Andrew Staples tenor Jane Irwin mezzo-soprano Choir of Clare College, Cambridge Graham Ross choral director Aurora Orchestra’s award-winning New Moves series continues with a programme inspired by earthly beauty. A new chamber orchestra version of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde is paired with Imogen Holst’s ravishing arrangement of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, performed in a semi-staged version with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. LSO St Luke’s Associate Orchestra is joined by mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin and tenor/director Andrew Staples. Tickets £12 £18 £25 £30 (20% student discount) Ebène Quartet Aurora’s New Moves series is supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation Promoted by Aurora in association with LSO St Luke’s Brighten up a wet and windy November evening by coming to watch the dynamic LSO Community Choir in their autumn concert. There will be a whole mixture of repertoire from Bach to Bublé, reggae to Rachmaninov, as well as some trademark audience participation, all under the encouraging eye of the choir’s newly appointed conductor, David Lawrence. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) Part of LSO Sing which is generously supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust ‘Nicholas Collon drew immaculate performances from his players [in] this ingeniously conceived cross-arts programme. Nobody does it better than Aurora.’ Evening Standard on Aurora Orchestra lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 15 LSO in the Community FOR EVERYONE LSO DISCOVERY LSO Discovery opens the doors to new generations of music-makers to play alongside the inspirational musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra. The first ten years at LSO St Luke’s has given thousands of people the opportunity to discover the thrill of playing music together and has embedded the work of the LSO in the local community. This autumn, come and watch concerts by our flourishing community groups: the Community Choir will perform Bach to Bublé while the Gamelan Group presents the mesmerising music of Bali. For information on how to join these ensembles, visit lso.co.uk/discovery, where you’ll also find information about LSO Create for adults with learning disabilities and the Digital Tech Group for local teens. As well as our 45-minute free Friday Lunchtime Concerts (ideal if you work locally and need a break from your desk) where you can ask LSO musicians anything, there’s a chance to see the whole Orchestra rehearse under the direction of Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda at an Open Rehearsal on 28 September. 16 NOVEMBER GENRE-BUSTING NEW COLLABORATIONS UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA his t icas t c Ecle son Sea Eclectica concerts can be difficult to describe because they’ve often never been heard before. In 2013/14 we have three concerts with three groups singing stories of family and home. Trumpeter Arve Henriksen grew up in Norway, and you can hear its landscape echo through his music: the ice-groan of a glacier in the electronics, his unique trumpet sounding somewhere between a bird of prey and the wind blowing through pine trees. On 26 November he collaborates with teenage girls’ choir Choralia, and people who live and work around LSO St Luke’s and sing in our Community Choir, in a jazz requiem marking the mass shooting on Utøya in 2011 when 69 were killed, 33 under the age of 18. Estonians experienced a ‘Singing Revolution’ (1987–91), when thousands gathered to sing forbidden patriotic songs, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence from the Soviet Union. On 22 January the Grammy award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir explore the mystical soundworlds of Estonian composers Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, and movements from the Russian Orthodox Rachmaninov Vespers, with Middle Eastern interjections from saxophonist and clarinettist Gilad Atzmon. The Campbells of Greepe, on 15 April, are one of the great dynasties of Gaelic song. The family’s roots lie in a tiny crofting township on the Isle of Skye, where music was the constant accompaniment to everyday life. Pipers and singers who love to dance, it’s no surprise that they’re considered the masters of puirt-à-beul, Gaelic mouth music, and their songs encompass a whole musical world – pibroch songs, work songs, and the songs of their own community. Amongst the special guests joining three generations of the family are virtuoso American step-dancer, Nic Gareiss, and award-winning piper, Lorna MacDougall. UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica offers international artists in a close up and personal view. lso.co.uk/eclectica lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 17 Fri 22 Nov 12.30pm LSO DISCOVERY STORY TELLING WITH VANESSA KING SUITABLE FOR UNDER-5s Vanessa King and LSO musicians retell a popular children’s story through music. Join in with all the songs and musical games we come across on our journey, and hear how the instruments bring the story to life. £3 per person (under 12 months free, no ticket required) Supported by AXA Investment Managers Story telling at LSO St Luke’s Fri 22 Nov 6pm Sat 23 & Sun 24 Nov Tue 26 Nov 8pm LSO DISCOVERY SPECIAL GUESTS UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA Equal Voice Choir Intermediate Strings Fast Fiddlers Choir and Orchestra Rhythm Runners Choir and Orchestra Composers’ Ensemble Big Band Junior Trinity Concertante Wind Orchestra Four Part Choir Symphony Orchestra Christopher Finch conductor Arve Henriksen trumpet Ståle Storløkken keyboards LSO Community Choir Choralia: Wells Cathedral School Girls’ Choir BRITTEN’S ‘FRIDAY AFTERNOONS’ Join some of LSO Discovery’s younger participants as they explore Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons, a set of 12 songs written for school children. Part of a national initiative by Aldeburgh Music to encourage as many young people as possible to sing the songs on what would have been Britten’s 100th birthday, the short and witty songs were written for the composer’s schoolmaster brother and the boys of Clive House Preparatory School, Prestatyn – a school in which choir practice and singing lessons regularly took place on a Friday afternoon. Free entry, booking essential To book, call Bethan Kershaw on 020 7382 2505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org JUNIOR TRINITY Junior Trinity, the prestigious Saturday school of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, pays a return visit to LSO St Luke’s with an actionpacked weekend featuring talented students aged 3 to 19 in workshops, masterclasses and performances. It will also feature students from String Time satellite centres across London in association with Trinity Laban educational partners Alpha Plus. NORWEGIAN REQUIEM English composer Andrew Smith’s Requiem features the trumpet, electronics and vocals of Arve Henriksen, with Ståle Storløkken on keyboards (who perform a jazz set in the first half) together with the voices of Choralia, the acclaimed girls’ choir from Wells Cathedral School (the only British choir in twelve years to get through to the final of Europe’s ‘Let the People Sing!’ competition) and the LSO Community Choir. Tickets £10 £15 £22 See LSO website for event times lso.co.uk/whatson Concerts Adults £10 Under 12s £5 Masterclasses Adults £5 Under 18s £3 Promoted by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance ‘We don’t have any safety net – we just jump out there and hope our aesthetics and ideas are enough to keep us floating.’ Arve Henriksen in an interview with The Guardian 18 LSO DISCOVERY ALWAYS ON: LSO DISCOVERY’S REGULAR ACTIVITIES AND HOW YOU CAN BE PART OF THEM LSO Discovery is the LSO’s music education programme, bringing inspirational music to over 60,000 people each year. As well as the various performances and workshops listed in this Guide, LSO Discovery offers a range of weekly clubs for those living or working locally. Making music is only half the story – coming together as a community is at the heart of these groups, and LSO St Luke’s simply wouldn’t be the same without them. Why not give one a go? To find out more about LSO Discovery visit lso.co.uk/lsodiscovery lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 19 SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL! FOR 1- TO 5-YEAR-OLDS The LSO Early Years team and LSO musicians help little ones sing, listen, move and groove their way through interactive and creative music sessions. For more information email email@example.com Supported by AXA Investment Managers LSO COMMUNITY GAMELAN GROUP FOR ALL OVER 16 Explore the hypnotic and dynamic world of Balinese gamelan. Beginners and experienced musicians alike come together to play gongs, metallophones, drums and bamboo flutes, and work towards showcases. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org LSO COMMUNITY CHOIR FOR ADULTS WHO LIVE OR WORK LOCALLY Now a decade old, the LSO Community Choir is an integral part of LSO St Luke’s. Conducted by David Lawrence, the Choir rehearses weekly and performs regularly with professional artists, including the LSO. For more information email email@example.com Part of LSO Sing which is generously supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust LSO CREATE LSO YOUTH CHOIR FOR ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES FOR 7- TO 18-YEAR-OLDS Participants and their carers take the spotlight in these interactive workshops that introduce adults with learning disabilities to creative music-making. A fantastic path for young people to hone their singing talents, make friends and be part of something bigger, with regular chances to perform at diverse venues, including the world-famous Barbican. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information email email@example.com Supported by Rothschild Charities Committee, David and Alexandra Scholey and LSO Friends Part of LSO Sing which is generously supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY GROUP FOR 12- TO 18-YEAR-OLDS A chance for teenagers to make the most of the high-tech studio equipment at LSO St Luke’s, and develop their creativity with the guidance of digital music experts. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org Supported by LSO Friends 20 LSO ST LUKE’S CAFÉ LSO ST LUKE’S CAFÉ LSO St Luke’s runs its own in-house Bar and Café service. Our Bar and Café Manager Stuart Connery and his team look forward to welcoming you. A selection of hot and cold drinks including a well-stocked bar, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and pastries are available for the majority of public events, opening one hour before concerts begin and during the interval (unless otherwise advertised). Hot food is available before and after BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts on Thursdays. To find out more come along to the Café on your next visit to LSO St Luke’s – and look out for special offers! lso.co.ukâ€ƒ 020 7638 8891â€ƒ 21 ACCESS You can get this guide in large print, audio and electronic format. Call 020 7490 3939 or email email@example.com. Hearing facility We have personal receivers for use with or without a hearing aid in the Jerwood Hall and Clore Gamelan Room. Please call 020 7490 3939 in advance to reserve a personal receiver as numbers are limited. Membership Visitors who have joined the Barbican Access Membership scheme can inform us of their access requirements, receive information in alternative formats and may be eligible for reductions on tickets. Contact the Box Office or visit barbican.org.uk. 22 HIRE LSO ST LUKE’S HIRE LSO ST LUKE’S YOUR EVENT An impressive and stylish building in the heart of central London, LSO St Luke’s offers flexible contemporary spaces to hire for arts, corporate and private events. Award ceremonies Banquets Parties Wedding receptions Civil partnerships Meetings Conferences Seminars Training Public and private performances Rehearsals Filming Recording There’s no better time to hire this unique heritage space and with our experienced team on hand you can organise the perfect event in no time at all. Call our events team on 020 7566 2871 to find out how we can help turn your ideas into reality. THE JERWOOD HALL The Jerwood Hall is a distinctive central space that can accommodate a broad spectrum of activity. The original interior has been retained and the acoustic banners that flank the walls and ceiling are designed to provide maximum versatility. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY VENUE LSO St Luke’s is a member of the Islington Climate Change Partnership, an organisation set up five years ago with a commitment to achieve a 15% reduction in carbon emissions across this busy London borough. lso.co.uk 020 7638 8891 23 YOUR MONEY, OUR MISSION SUPPORT US London Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity and for us to continue to thrive each year we seek support from companies, individuals and charitable trusts and foundations. Thanks to our funders, we can continue to offer many LSO Discovery activities at little or no cost to participants. Through your support, we can continue to invest in music education and ensure that LSO St Luke’s, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre, remains at the heart of the local community. To find out more about how you can help, visit lso.co.uk/supportus BOOKING INFORMATION lso.co.uk (reduced bkg fee) Phone 020 7638 8891 (10am–8pm Mon–Sat, 11am–8pm Sun, bkg fee) In person at the Barbican Advance Box Office, Silk Street entrance (10am–9pm Mon–Sat, 12–9pm Sun and Bank Holidays) HOW TO FIND LSO ST LUKE’S LSO St Luke’s UBS and LSO Music Education Centre 161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG LSO St Luke’s is situated on Old Street, in the heart of central London. It is easy to get to by public transport. Group Booking (for 10 or more people) Call our dedicated group booking line on 020 7382 7211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org To find out more visit lso.co.uk/groups LSO St Luke’s, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre, is the home of LSO Discovery and a venue for a unique range of concerts and events. To find out more visit lso.co.uk/lsostlukes Latecomers are normally admitted during a suitable break in the performance. On occasion, this may not be possible once the performance has started. Underground Old Street (Northern Line). Take Exit 7 when leaving the station, walk straight ahead and the spire of LSO St Luke’s will become visible. LSO St Luke’s is on the right hand side of the street and the main entrance is on Helmet Row. Some performances are unsuitable for babies or young children. Customers are advised to check before booking. Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult. Buses Old Street – 55 & 243 City Road – 21, 43, 76, 141, 205, 214 & 271 Goswell Road – 4 & 153 All bookings and discounts are subject to availability. National Rail Old Street, Liverpool Street, Moorgate & Farringdon stations Car Parking The nearest NCP parking is at the Barbican Centre lso.co.uk/yourvisit LSO ST LUKE’S PRINCIPAL DONORS LSO is funded by Arts Council England in partnership with the City of London Corporation, which also provides the Orchestra’s permanent home at the Barbican Concession ticket prices apply to wheelchair users, disabled patrons, over-60s, students, under-16s and the unemployed. All events promoted by, or in association with, the LSO. Photography Susie Ahlburg, Igor Emmerich, Pal Hansen, Oliver Heisch, Niclas Jessen, Kevin Leighton, James Sims-Williams, Alberto Venzago, Simon Weir, Sarah Wijzenbeek Design Steam