Royal Philharmonic Society Bicentenary Celebrations 2013: July - December
200 years at the heart of music
Extract of Mendelssohn’s First Symphony in C Minor. The work is dedicated to the Royal Philharmonic Society who premièred the work in London on May 25, 1829, with Mendelssohn conducting. © T Hutchinson 2
Foreword It was in 1813 that a group of musicians gathered to discuss the future of music. From the off, the Philharmonic Society recognised the need to be bold of ambition and to unashamedly beat the drum for excellence and creative thinking in music. It’s a resolute position that we retain today and are celebrating throughout 2013, marking 200 years as the “beating heart and conscience of British music*”. Musicians and composers have always been at the heart of the Royal Philharmonic Society, and are celebrated in some style in RPS200 events this summer and autumn. There’s a slew of world premieres, specially commissioned from distinguished, emerging and young composers. A summer celebration of the music of the Society’s most famous associate, Beethoven, includes a BBC Proms premiere for Frieze, Mark Anthony Turnage’s reflection on the Society’s most famous commission, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Looking outward we head to the Big Apple in the autumn, for concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Juilliard School of Music, exhibitions at Lincoln Center and the Morgan Library & Museum and the first ever RPS Lecture delivered overseas, given by BBC Radio 3 Controller and Director of the BBC Proms, Roger Wright. Orchestras and ensembles across the UK are joining RPS200 celebrations, playing major works commissioned by the Society. Our talks programme offers heated debate and meaty food for thought from great musical minds, including composer George Benjamin. If you too are ‘Philharmonic’ please join us to celebrate new music, past masters and a Society which after two centuries continues to champion the best in music.
John Gilhooly Chairman Royal Philharmonic Society
*Richard Morrison, The Times, November 2012 3
Monday 1 July Monday 2 December Sir John Ritblat Gallery The British Library, London EXHIBITION: Treasures from the RPS Archive A range of items from the RPS Archive, including letters and accounts from the founding years of the Society. Monday 8 July 11.00am Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham COMMISSION: David Önaç Part of Cheltenham Music Festival Britten - String Quartet No.1, Op. 25 David Önaç - String Quartet No. 6 - world premiere, RPS commission Beethoven - String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59/2 4
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Carducci String Quartet The energetic Carducci String Quartet perform one of the quartets Beethoven dedicated to
Count Razumovsky alongside a new quartet from young composer David Önaç, one of the winners of the 2012 RPS Composition Prize.
August Sunday 11 August The RPS join forces with the National Youth Orchestra and the BBC Proms for a day celebrating the RPS and Beethoven’s Ninth. 12.00pm 252 Regent Street, London PRESENTATION: Beethoven Plaque The RPS unveils a plaque to commemorate the site of the first UK performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, commissioned and performed by the Society on 21 March 1825. 12.00pm 252 Regent Street, London MINI-COMMISSION: FANFARE A new fanfare commission written by a young composer from the National Youth Orchestra and performed by NYO players will mark the unveiling of the Beethoven Plaque. 5.45pm Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, London TALK: Proms Plus Intro Academic Amanda Glauert and journalist and writer Helen Wallace discuss Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the role of the RPS as commissioner.
7.30pm Royal Albert Hall, London COMMISSION: Mark-Anthony Turnage Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region Mark-Anthony Turnage Frieze - world premiere* Beethoven - Symphony No. 9, ‘Choral’ Lisa Milne - soprano Jennifer Johnston - mezzo soprano Andrew Kennedy - tenor Gerald Finley - baritone Vasily Petrenko - conductor National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
National Youth Choir of Great Britain Codetta Irish Youth Chamber Choir *co-commission by Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and the New York Philharmonic. The RPS celebrates its Bicentenary with a special free Birthday BBC Prom featuring a new work from British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and the Society’s most famous commission, Beethoven’s Choral Symphony. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. 5 5
August Monday 5 August Friday 9 August BBC RADIO 3 BROADCAST: Composer of the Week Tune in all week to hear music commissioned and premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Society over its two hundred year history. Sunday 18 August BBC 4 BROADCAST: Mark-Anthony Turnage Catch the TV broadcast of Frieze by Mark-Anthony Turnage, an RPS/BBC Radio 3/New York Philharmonic co-commission. Friday 23 August 2.00pm St. Andrew’s Church, Presteigne COMMISSION: Robert Peate Part of Presteigne Festival Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in F minor, Op. 87, No.18 Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in D flat, Op. 87, No.15 James Francis Brown, Peter Fribbins, David Matthews, Alan Mills, Robert Walker - Aquarelles Robert Peate - Pearl - world premiere* Schubert - Piano Sonata in A, D664 Clare Hammond - piano *RPS/Presteigne Festival Alan Horne Memorial commission. Robert Peate, one of the winners of the 2012 RPS Composition Prize offers his latest work for piano, Pearl, inspired by the 14th Century alliterative poem. 6
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Barrie Gavin for a special screening of a film exploring Matthews’ Third String Quartet, commissioned by the RPS as part of its Encore scheme.
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Tuesday 27 August 4.30pm Assembly Rooms, Presteigne FILM: David Matthews String Quartet No. 3 Part of Presteigne Festival Join composer David Matthews in conversation with director
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First performed in the UK by the RPS in 1873, Brahms’s spiritual masterpiece is performed by the RLPO under its chief conductor Vasily Petrenko and features world-renowned Welsh bassbaritone, Bryn Terfel.
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Friday 6 September BBC 4 BROADCAST: Beethoven - Symphony No. 9, ‘Choral’ Catch the TV broadcast of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed by the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choir as part of the RPS Bicentenary BBC Prom. Saturday 14 September 6.15pm Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool TALK: First Philharmonic Social historian Leanne Langley, Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM and Tom Hutchinson from the
RPS discuss the founding of the RPS in 1813 and the RLPO in 1840 and the role and purpose of a ‘Philharmonic Society’. Saturday 14 September 7.30pm Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool CONCERT: RPS Key Work Brahms A German Requiem Brahms - A German Requiem
Saturday 14 September 9.30pm Grand Foyer Bar, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool DISCUSSION: Vasily Petrenko, Bryn Terfel, Sophie Bevan An opportunity for audience members to put questions to the soloists from tonight’s concert.
Sophie Bevan - soprano Bryn Terfel - bass-baritone Vasily Petrenko - conductor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir 7
RPS in New York City As the new season opens, the RPS travels west to the Big Apple for a series of events celebrating the genius of Beethoven, the very best in new music and the pioneers of Philharmonic Societies on both sides of the Atlantic. Wednesday 25 September Saturday 23 November Bruno Walter Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York EXHIBITION: Philharmonic Pioneers: The Founding of the New York and Royal Philharmonic Societies ď Ž Materials from the archives of both the Royal Philharmonic Society and the New York Philharmonic celebrate the commissioning and first performances of Beethovenâ€™s Ninth Symphony and the founding of these two influential organisations.
Sunday 29 September 4.00pm Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, The Juilliard School, 155 W. 65th St, New York TALK: Joel Sachs, Tom Hutchinson and Rosemary Johnson
Judith Weir - I give you the end of a golden string* Magnus Lindberg - new work* Joel Sachs - conductor New Juilliard Ensemble
Joel Sachs from the Juilliard School of Music talks with Rosemary Johnson and Tom Hutchinson about the role of the RPS and commissioning new music. Admission is free but tickets are required and can be obtained at the Juilliard box office. Sunday 29 September 5.00pm Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, The Juilliard School, 155 W. 65th St, New York CONCERT: American Premiere: Weir and Lindberg Programme to include:
*2013 Royal Philharmonic Society/Britten-Pears Foundation commission to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the bicentenary of the foundation of the Royal Philharmonic Society.
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Hear the American premiere of two recent RPS commissions by Judith Weir and Magnus Lindberg played by the Juilliard’s leading contemporary music ensemble. Monday 30 September Friday 4 October Library, The Juilliard School, 155 W. 65th St, New York EXHIBITION: BEETHOVEN MANUSCRIPTS View the two original copyist scores of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, brought together for the first time since 1824.
RPS in New York City Tuesday 1 October 5.00pm Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, The Juilliard School, 155 W. 65th St, New York TALK: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Dr Nicolas Bell, curator of music manuscripts at the British Library, gives a talk about the commissioning of Beethoven’s famous Choral symphony. Friday 4 October 7.00pm Helen Hull Room, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York TALK: Commissioning Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Dr Nicolas Bell from the British Library offers an introduction to the commissioning and creation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
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Thursday 3 October 7.30pm Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York CONCERT: RPS Key Work and Commission Beethoven and Turnage Mark-Anthony Turnage Frieze* Beethoven - Symphony No. 9, ‘Choral’ Juliana di Giacomo - soprano Kelly O’Connor - mezzosoprano Russell Thomas - tenor Shenyang - bass-baritone Alan Gilbert - conductor New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus Hear the New York Philharmonic under their music director Alan Gilbert perform Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony alongside Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new work, Frieze. *co-commission between Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and the New York Philharmonic This concert will be repeated on 4, 5, 8 and 9 October.
Friday 4 October 8.00pm Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York CONCERT: RPS Key Work and Commission Beethoven and Turnage See 3 October listing. Saturday 5 October 8.00pm Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York CONCERT: RPS Key Work and Commission Beethoven and Turnage See 3 October listing. Monday 7 October 6.30pm The Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue New York CONCERT: American Premiere: Poul Ruders Poul Ruders - String Quartet No. 4* Players of the New York Philharmonic *2013 Royal Philharmonic Society/Britten-Pears Foundation commission to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the bicentenary of the foundation of the Royal Philharmonic Society. An evening reception including the American premiere of Poul Ruders’s String Quartet No. 4, co-commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Britten Pears Foundation. This event is by invitation only.
Tuesday 8 October Sunday 1 December Tuesday - Thursday: 10.30am to 5.00pm Friday: 10.30am to 9.00pm Saturday: 10.00am to 6.00pm Sunday: 11.00am to 6.00pm Closed Mondays and Thanksgiving Day The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York EXHIBITION: Beethoven Symphony No. 9, ‘Choral’ For the first time on public display, the two copyist scores of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony are brought together and presented in the historic setting of J.P. Morgan’s library.
Tuesday 8 October 6.30pm Helen Hull Room, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York TALK: Commissioning Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Dr Nicolas Bell from the British Library offers an introduction to the commissioning and creation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
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RPS in New York City Tuesday 8 October 7.30pm Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York CONCERT: RPS Key Work and Commission Beethoven and Turnage See 3 October listing. Wednesday 9 October 6.00pm Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, New York RPS LECTURE: A Future for Music - Weâ€™re All in this Together ď Ž For the first time, the RPS Lecture takes place outside the UK. Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms, offers his thoughts about the future of classical music. Wednesday 9 October 7.30pm Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York CONCERT: RPS Key Work and Commission Beethoven and Turnage See 3 October listing.
RPS Lecture Royal Philharmonic Society Lectures examine the future of classical music in a high profile public forum. Often controversial and always engaging, speakers have included composers, conductors, broadcasters, impresario, scientists and critics. What must be done to ensure that classical music survives the 21st Century? Previous speakers include Alex Ross, Susan Greenfield, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sir John Drummond. 12
October Friday 4 October Monday 7 October Kings Place, London DISPLAY: Notes into Letters As part of the London Literary Weekend at Kings Place, the RPS presents a display of poems outside Hall One commissioned through the Notes into Letters project. Thursday 10 October Northern Stage Theatre, Newcastle DANCE: REPETITION OF CHANGE Phoenix Dance Theatre The latest RPS Drummond Fund commission from composer Ken Hesketh and artistic director Sharon Watson uses movement to unravel our genetic code, taking the audience on a volatile journey through the fascinating world of DNA. Friday 11 October Northern Stage Theatre, Newcastle DANCE: REPETITION OF CHANGE See 10 October listing. Tuesday 15 October Hull New Theatre, Hull DANCE: REPETITION OF CHANGE See 10 October listing. Tuesday 15 October 6.45pm Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon CONCERT: ‘Shorts’ Series to feature World Premiere Huw Watkins presents the first
in the series of ‘short’ commissions from UK student composers. Thursday 17 October The Atkinson, Southport DANCE: REPETITION OF CHANGE See 10 October listing Saturday 19 October c10.00am Barbican Centre, London COMMISSION: FANFARE Part of the Battle of Ideas Festival A new fanfare commission from the RPS marks the start of this year’s Battle of Ideas. Saturday 19 October 1.30pm - 3.00pm Barbican Centre, London TALK: RPS DEBATE Part of the Battle of Ideas Festival For the fifth successive year, the RPS joins forces with the Institute of Ideas to debate the pros and cons of one to one tuition in music schools. Thursday 24 October 7.30pm Bridgewater Hall, Manchester COMMISSION: Wolfgang Rihm Rihm - A Tribute (Über die Linie VIII)* Brahms - A German Requiem Carolyn Sampson - soprano Neal Davies - bass-baritone Markus Stenz - conductor Hallé Orchestra Hallé Choir *2013 Royal Philharmonic Society/Britten-Pears Foundation
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commission to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the bicentenary of the foundation of the Royal Philharmonic Society. The Hallé, under German conductor Markus Stenz, perform a programme featuring Brahms’s serene German Requiem and a new work from one of Germany’s leading contemporary composers, Wolfgang Rihm. Thursday 31 October 6.00pm Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London CONCERT: Music of Today Bertrand - Virya for four musicians Bertrand - Madrigal for soprano and five musicians Bertrand - Yet for twenty musicians Yeree Suh - soprano Alejo Perez - conductor Players from the Philharmonia Orchestra Following the early death of Christophe Bertrand in 2010, this concert offers a rare opportunity to hear the music of the talented young French composer. 13
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he demands on young classical musicians embarking on their studies and professional careers are huge and increasing. High quality instruments are expensive. Needing to promote themselves and find performance opportunities has to be balanced with developing their skills and repertoire. We have 200 years experience of backing musicians. From Beethoven, Mendelsohn and Lutoslawski in the 19th and 20th centuries to Stephen Hough, Alina Ibragimova, Duncan Rock, and Alexandra Dariescu more recently, the RPS invests in the best. We make an annual commitment to around 30 young musicians and need to raise £100,000 every year to do so. We receive no government funding at all so raise this through donations from individuals, members and charitable trusts. All gifts, large and small, will make a real difference. Whether you can send £20, £200 or £2,000 or give £6,000 to become a Young Musicians Patron, your gift could help: • grants to buy instruments • bursaries for specialist training and mentoring • high profile performances and recitals • awards and prizes • career development opportunities
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November Friday 1 November 6.00pm Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre London COMMISSIONS: ‘La Science de Monsieur Berlioz’ Ella Jarman-Pinto, Ben Graves and Joshua Kaye Part of Guildhall Artists at the Barbican Three Guildhall School composers take the ‘harmony’ of Hector Berlioz as a startingpoint for a series of new works, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of its Bicentenary celebrations. Scored for voice and small ensemble including guitar Berlioz’s own instrument - the concert offers a thoroughly contemporary twist on this unique composer’s music, described by Fétis in 1837 as “un assemblage bizarre de sons” (an assembly of weird
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sounds). Free entry, no ticket required. Friday 1 November 7.30pm Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, London CONCERT: RPS Key Work Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini Overture
RPS Gold Medal The Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal is the Society’s highest honour and is awarded for the most outstanding musicianship. It was initiated in 1870 to commemorate the Centenary of Beethoven’s birth and to celebrate the close relationship between the Society and the composer. Look out for presentations of the RPS Gold Medal this autumn. 16
Berlioz - Benvenuto Cellini Overture Berlioz - The Death of Cleopatra Berlioz - Harold in Italy for Viola and Orchestra Antoine Tamestit - viola Karen Cargill - mezzo-soprano Valery Gergiev - conductor London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra celebrates the music of Berlioz this November. In this concert, the French violist Antoine Tamestit is the soloist in Berlioz’s ‘Harold in Italy’, first performed by the Society in 1853. Saturday 2 November 6.00pm Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London TALK: Colour and Eternity the music of Olivier Messiaen Exploring the rich sound world of Olivier Messiaen, composer Robert Saxton, writer Paul Griffiths and pianist Alexandra Dariescu delve into his musical language, where birdsong, faith and colour collide to produce one of the most original musical voices in the 20th century. A new piano miniature inspired by Des Canyons aux Étoiles will also be performed. Saturday 2 November 7.30pm Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London CONCERT: RPS Key Work Messiaen Des Canyons aux Étoiles Part of The Rest is Noise Festival Messiaen - Des Canyons aux Étoiles Tzimon Barto - piano John Ryan - horn Christoph Eschenbach - conductor London Philharmonic Orchestra First performed in the UK at an RPS concert in 1975, Christoph Eschenbach leads the
London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of one of Messiaen’s greatest works. Wednesday 6 November 6.15pm Fountain Room, Barbican Centre, London TALK: Berlioz and the Romantic Orchestra This talk will explore the influence of Berlioz on writing for orchestra during the Romantic era. The panel will include author David Cairns. Free entry, booking essential - Please call Barbican
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November Wednesday 6 November 7.30pm Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, London CONCERT: RPS Key Work Berlioz Roméo et Juliette Berlioz - Roméo et Juliette Olga Borodina - mezzosoprano Ildar Abdrazakov - bass Valery Gergiev - conductor London Symphony Orchestra Regarded as one of Berlioz’s finest works, this dramatic choral symphony, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, highlights the composer’s skill as an orchestrator and writer of programme music. Wednesday 6 November York Theatre Royal, York DANCE: REPETITION OF CHANGE See 10 October listing. Thursday 7 November York Theatre Royal, York DANCE: REPETITION OF CHANGE See 10 October listing. Thursday 7 November 7.00pm 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London, SW7 CONCERT: RPS Young Musicians Recital An evening celebrating young musicians supported by the RPS, featuring pianists Richard Uttley with Rolf Hind. 18
Tuesday 12 November 6.45pm Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon CONCERT: ‘Shorts’ Series to feature World Premiere Part of Composer in the House Huw Watkins presents the second in the series of ‘short’ commissions from UK student composers. Thursday 14 November 6.00pm Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London CONCERT: Music of Today Benedict Mason - Self-Referential Songs and Realistic Virelais Benedict Mason - ! Helena Juntunen - soprano
Johannes Debus - conductor Players from the Philharmonia Orchestra Music of Today offers the chance to hear music from British composer Benedict Mason, whose postmodern works often focus on the spatial dimension of music. Friday 15 November Sunday 24 November Huddersfield FESTIVAL: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 17-25 year olds can try something different at the award-winning Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, thanks to a discounted ticket scheme from the RPS.
Sunday 17 November 7.30pm Theatre Royal, Norwich COMMISSION: Judith Weir Nico Muhly - Three Songs for tenor & violin Bartók - Fourth movement from Quartet No. 4 Britten - Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal Erkki Sven Tüür - Lighthouse Judith Weir - I give you the end of a golden string* Arne Nordheim - Individualisierte Höhemessung der Lagen (from Partita für Paul) Nico Muhly - Material in E flat for violin & drone Bartók - Third movement from Quartet No. 4 Berg arr Schnittke - Kanon Arvo Pärt - Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten George Crumb - God Music from Black Angels Britten - Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings Mark Padmore - tenor Pekka Kuusisto - violin/director Stephen Bell - horn Britten Sinfonia
worldwide and these artists will perform the work in an illuminating programme of works directed by violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Tuesday 19 November 7.30pm Christ Church, Cockermouth, Cumbria CONCERT: Huw Watkins Part of Composer in the House/ Beyond the Premiere Huw Watkins - new work* Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 25 K503 Britten - Young Apollo Schubert - Symphony No. 5 Huw Watkins - piano David Curtis - conductor Orchestra of the Swan Huw Watkin’s latest commission for the strings of the Orchestra of the Swan is coupled with a trio of effervescent works from Mozart, Britten and Schubert Tuesday 19 November Saturday 23 November The Linbury Theatre,
*2013 Royal Philharmonic Society/Britten-Pears Foundation commission to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the bicentenary of the foundation of the Royal Philharmonic Society. Britten Sinfonia’s recent recording of Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with Mark Padmore has been acclaimed
Royal Opera House, London DANCE: REPETITION OF CHANGE See 10 October listing. Thursday 21 November 7.30pm Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire CONCERT: Huw Watkins Part of Composer in the House/ Beyond the Premiere Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1 Huw Watkins - new work* Britten - Cantata Misericordium Huw Watkins - piano David Curtis - conductor Orchestra of the Swan
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Shostakovich’s First Symphony is paired with Britten’s work composed for and first performed at the solemn ceremony on the Commemoration Day of the Centenary of the Red Cross. 19
Friday 22 November 6.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge TALK: In conversation with Judith Weir ď Ž Composer Judith Weir talks with Tom Hutchinson from the RPS about her latest commission. Friday 22 November 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge COMMISSION: Judith Weir See 17 November listing. Sunday 24 November 6.30pm Milton Court, Barbican Centre, London 20
TALK: New Music and Audiences Britten Sinfonia in collaboration with the GSMD examine how audience members experience the interaction with new music. Sunday 24 November 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Centre, London COMMISSION: Judith Weir See 17 November listing. Tuesday 28 November The Curve, Leicester DANCE: REPETITION OF CHANGE See 10 October listing.
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Sunday 1 December 3.00pm Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London CONCERT: Piano Games Part of The Rest is Noise Festival Kurtág - Játékok A rare opportunity to see legendary Hungarian composer György Kurtág in action alongside his pianist wife, Márta. Játékok (Games) is a collection of humorous, quirky miniatures and will be paired with some of Kurtág’s exquisite four-hand arrangements of Bach - the perfect musical companion. Thursday 5 December 7.30pm Bridgewater Hall, Manchester CONCERT: RPS Key Work Dvorˇák Symphony No. 7 Elgar - In the South Ravel - Piano Concerto in G Dvorˇák - Symphony No. 7 Hong Xu - piano Andrew Gourlay - conductor Hallé Orchestra 22
Dvorˇák was a regular visitor and conductor at Society concerts at the end of the Nineteenth Century and this concert features his Seventh Symphony, given its world premiere by the RPS on 22 April 1885.
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Which Future for Music? Sunday 8 December - Southbank Centre, London The Royal Philharmonic Society joins forces with the London Sinfonietta and The Rest is Noise Festival for a day looking at the future of composition and how composers are creating and re-defining new music. 1.15pm to 1.45pm Purcell Room CONCERT: The New Music Show Set 1 London Sinfonietta 2.15pm to 3.00pm Queen Elizabeth Hall CONCERT: The New Music Show Set 2 London Sinfonietta
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12.00pm Purcell Room TALK: New Music What’s Next? Charlotte Higgins, chief arts writer for The Guardian chairs a discussion looking at the current state of classical contemporary music. How will concert presentation, performance and programming develop over future years? What will composers be doing differently? The panel will include Andrew Burke, Chief Executive of London Sinfonietta, cellist Zoë Martlew, composer John Chantler and journalist and writer, Paul Morley.
3.30pm to 4.30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall TALK: Constants and Variables - Which Future for Music? At the end of the RPS Bicentenary year, composer George Benjamin and writer Tom Service discuss the future of
classical composition. Is there a new sound genre in the making? Is there a more global aesthetic or are there still national differences? How are musical styles evolving? Join two of the UK’s foremost musical thinkers and contribute to the debate. 5.00pm to 5.30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall CONCERT: The New Music Show Set 3 London Sinfonietta 6.00pm to 7.00pm Queen Elizabeth Hall CONCERT: The New Music Show Set 4 London Sinfonietta
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December Friday 20 December Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon COMMISSION: Huw Watkins Part of Composer in the House David Curtis - conductor Orchestra of the Swan Huw Watkins presents his latest commission as part of the Composer of the House Scheme. Saturday 21 December 7.00pm Wigmore Hall, London CONCERT: András Schiff J. S. Bach - Goldberg Variations BWV988 Beethoven - 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli Op.120 András Schiff - piano
Wednesday 11 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall, CBSO Centre, Birmingham CONCERT: RPS Key Work Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’ Rachmaninov - Fantasie Op. 7, ‘The Rock’ Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’ Benjamin Grosvenor - piano Andrew Litton - conductor City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 24
Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’, was first performed by the Society in 1894. Former BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, also features playing SaintSaëns’ Second Piano Concerto. Saturday 14 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall, CBSO Centre, Birmingham CONCERT: RPS Key Work Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6, Pathétique See 11 December listing.
One of the leading pianists of his generation, András Schiff plays two of the greatest sets of variations for the keyboard. A concert not to be missed.
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UK Barbican Centre www.barbican.org.uk 020 7638 8891 Battle of Ideas www.battleofideas.org.uk BBC Proms www.bbc.co.uk/proms 0845 401 5045 Britten Sinfonia www.brittensinfonia.com Cheltenham Music Festival www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/ music/ 0844 880 8094 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra www.cbso.co.uk 0121 345 0600
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RPS Bicentenary Partners (July - December)
The Royal Philharmonic Society would like to thank everyone who has donated to our Bicentenary Appeal, particularly: An anonymous donor
The New York Philharmonic
Dame Janet Baker DBE
The Dowager Viscountess Rothermere
Orange County Philharmonic
PRS for Music Foundation
Albert & Eugenie Frost Music Trust
BBC Radio 3
Sir Siegmund Warburgâ€™s Voluntary Settlement
The Hon Mrs Gillian Fane
Bowerman Charitable Trust
The British Library
The late Tony Fell
Vernon Ellis Foundation
International Artist Managersâ€™ Association
David & Selina Marks
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
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