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CONCERT DIARY 2019

PRINCIPAL PARTNER


JOEL ROBERTS HORN EMILIE MAYER Symphony No.5 THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY “Emilie Mayer is one of the most prolific composers of the Romantic era you've most likely never heard of. She really pushes the boundaries with her Fifth Symphony - not least with the gorgeous writing for cellos and horns in the second movement."

SAM BECK-JOHNSON DOUBLE BASS BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2 TUESDAY 18 JUNE

WELCOME TO OUR YEAR HERE'S WHAT WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT

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“I live for Beethoven Symphonies. Having the opportunity to play his Second with the masterful guidance of Gábor Takács-Nagy will be a life affirming experience."

ALEX FRYER OBOE

ERIKA CURBELO TRUMPET

RUSH HOUR #10: DISCOVERY THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

#CONCERTLAB: FLUX OCTOBER

“It's a great experience exploring lesser known music, breathing life into pieces that have been unfairly neglected. Knowing only a handful of people have performed Dorothy Howell's music before means you don’t have any preconceptions about how to approach it."

“Working with movement director Imogen Knight is what I'm most looking forward to. Having grown up in theatre as well as music, I love collaborating with different art forms to find new and exciting ways of performing and challenging concert traditions.”


DENI TEO CELLO

EMMA LISNEY VIOLIN

ANNA MEREDITH + NICOLE LIZÉE SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

VENUS UNWRAPPED THURSDAY 23 MAY

“We're so lucky to have the opportunity to perform a programme featuring not one by two of the most innovative composers around today. Definitely not to be missed!"

“I'm very excited to play music by Grażyna Bacewicz. It presents a fascinating fusion of Polish and French styles, Neoromanticism and Modernism, and I'm looking forward to getting to grips with it!"

SOPHIE SIMPSON VIOLIN RUSH HOUR #4: PINNACLE THURSDAY 21 MARCH “I can't wait to work with Christian Curnyn, one of the country's leading historical performance specialists, on an exquisite programme of Rameau and Haydn."

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO Southbank Sinfonia @SouthbankSinf southbanksinfonia

LEWIS BLEE PERCUSSION

MELODY LIN CELLO

KURT WEILL Symphony No.2 THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER

#CONCERTLAB: THE SOUND WITHIN WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH

“I'm looking forward to performing music by someone as eclectic and evocative as Kurt Weill. This piece is particularly interesting as it was written at such a pivotal time in his life - and in history."

“The first movement of ‘Eroica' is my favourite of all. Within its crystalline structure sits the clashing sound of dissonant chords, reminding me of revolutionary characters making their mark in history." 3


AN ORCHESTRA LIKE NO OTHER Every year we welcome 33 exceptional graduates from all over the world to form an orchestra. “I saw my time in Southbank Sinfonia as an opportunity to take risks and learn the craft. Throughout the year we got to explore a huge range of musical genres and skills. That’s something I really value about the fellowship: it enables you to be your own kind of musician.” MATTHEW FEATHERSTONE 2011 PRINCIPAL FLUTE, BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES

PERFORMANCE Symphonies to opera, Baroque to electronica: Southbank Sinfonia players chart the vast map of orchestral music. Each fellowship year sees dozens of performances in London and beyond, in all kinds of venues, exploring music right through from the 1700s to brand new commissions. Our musicians also talk about the pieces live in concerts, providing you with a performer's insight into some of the greatest music ever written.

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COLLABORATION Partnerships with leading arts organisations cast our players into different settings where they can learn first-hand from the finest artists. They play alongside musicians of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Allegri Quartet, benefitting from their coaching. World-renowned conductors, including our Patrons Vladimir Ashkenazy and Edward Gardner, are regular visitors, while collaborations with leading composers like Anna Meredith and Nicole Lizée bring new music to life.

“As a member of Southbank Sinfonia, you live the life of a working orchestral musician for a year. I found this invaluable, as when the call comes in to play with a professional orchestra, you don’t feel thrown in at the deep end. You are already doing the job, and you know exactly what to expect.” JAMES BURKE 2010 CO-PRINCIPAL CLARINET, BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRINCIPAL, ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS


“The opportunities Southbank Sinfonia offers recent graduates are unrivalled. I loved performing as a chamber and symphony orchestra, alongside choirs, in operas and as a soloist, tackling an amazing variety of music.” IMOGEN HANCOCK 2016 TRUMPET, FREELANCE

“I have seen the future... the youthful Southbank Sinfonia in great form” The Times

LEADERS With their youthful vitality, Southbank Sinfonia players make great role-models to young people embarking on their own musical journey. Annually they connect with a huge range of children and teenagers, sharing their infectious passion for music. The players learn the ropes themselves from the most inventive practitioners, then put their skills to work in a range of education projects, Family Concerts and our thriving partnership with In Harmony Lambeth.

INNOVATION Classical music has never stood still. We celebrate composers like Mozart and Beethoven for their originality, daring to do what nobody did before. It’s the responsibility of today’s young musicians to ensure orchestras keep trailblazing. In 2019, our players will premiere major new works, champion female composers, and in #ConcertLab present their craft in striking new ways - working across art forms to unlock fresh interpretations.

“Being able to call yourself a Southbank Sinfonia player exemplifies belonging, talent, credibility and the future. The fellowship is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover and push your boundaries. I wouldn’t be the same without this programme.” EUGENE LEE 2009 ASSISTANT LEADER, PHILHARMONIA ASSOCIATE LEADER, SOUTHBANK SINFONIA

You can help to make all this - and much more possible. Find out how on page 34

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MEET THE 2019 PLAYERS LYDIA CAINES Violin

REBECCA KÖHLER BARATTO Violin

EMILY GROOM Violin

VANESSA CHAN Violin SAM BECK-JOHNSON Bass

ARDA KARAKAYA Violin HUGUES ROBERTS Flute

DECLAN BIRCHALL Bass

PATRIZIA LICHTSCHEIDL Violin

MARIE LESTRELIN Violin ALEX FRYER Oboe

JACK WELCH Flute

SOPHIE SIMPSON Violin

EMMA LISNEY Violin SEAN LIM Clarinet

TIM KEASLEY Oboe

LILY MOLNAR Clarinet


MARSAILIDH GROAT Viola

HEATHER STEWART Violin

RACHEL MAXEY Viola

ANITA KUROWSKA Viola

CHARLOTTE COX Bassoon

HEE YEON CHO Cello

KATIE PERRIN Viola

JOEL ROBERTS Horn

DANIEL PINI Cello

MELODY LIN Cello

PETER ATHANS Trumpet

LEWIS BLEE Percussion

DENI TEO Cello

SIMON OVER Music Director and Principal Conductor REBECCA MILLER Associate Conductor DAVID CORKHILL Assistant Conductor EUGENE LEE Associate Leader ALLEGRI QUARTET Associate Artist

ANTONIA LAZENBY Bassoon

MÁTÉ TŐZSÉR Horn

ERIKA CURBELO Trumpet

LOTTE BETTS-DEAN Associate Artist Find out more about our musicians at southbanksinfonia.co.uk


#1: INCEPTION Weber / Frank / Crawford Seeger / Bizet | 14 February #2: RECOGNISE Barber / Mayer | 28 February #3: VINDICATION Rachmaninov | 14 March

A lot can happen in 60 minutes. You can be transported to history’s turning points, stand victorious against all doubts, stage a rebellion, or be the one who rediscovers lost treasures. All this and more awaits in our bite-sized Rush Hour Concerts this year, staged in the heart of London, just opposite Waterloo Station. Book your free ticket at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then pay what you can at the performance. It’s as simple (and dramatic, thrilling, and moving) as that.

6.00pm at St John's Waterloo on Thursdays throughout the year.

#4: PINNACLE Rameau / Haydn | 21 March #5: AVVENTURA Mendelssohn / Beamish | 4 April #6: REBELLION Vivaldi / Rameau / Geminiani / Arne | 25 April #7: ANTICIPATION Brahms | 2 May #8: TRANSFIGURED Schoenberg | 6 June #9: TUSCAN A preview of the Anghiari Festival | 18 July #10: DISCOVERY Howell | 19 September #11: UNLEASHED Labadie / Beethoven | 10 October

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#12: IMAGINE Haydn | 31 October #13: ESCAPE Weill | 7 November

“The players showed an impressive combination of technique and energy, bringing great personality to the music” planethugill.com


Credit: Roger Way

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“Completely brilliant. Can't stop thinking about it, and very much wish you were doing it all again - because I'd definitely come and bring others with me.” via email “A beautiful hour tonight with @SouthbankSinf #ConcertLab” @AaronHNahum

“Most exciting thing last night? Brilliant #ConcertLab - spine tingles galore!” @matt_parkin

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#ConcertLab THE SOUND WITHIN 27 March THE MIX 9 May FLUX October

Art forms and ideas collide in #ConcertLab, our series that explores how we might experience concerts differently. In 2019, you can walk within a symphony, stand surrounded by a kaleidoscope of music and see an orchestra reconfigure itself before your eyes. Alongside great music performed as you might not expect, each night includes a bar and after-party. Plus, keep your eyes out for another #ConcertLab to be revealed later in the year‌ Book online at southbanksinfonia.co.uk and help us shape the future.

“I think experimentation is excellent otherwise you just become static and boring - and music isn't boring." Julia, audience member

#ConcertLab is supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts:

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RUSH HOUR #1: INCEPTION

THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

CARL MARIA VON WEBER Peter Schmoll Overture GABRIELA LENA FRANK Elegía Andina (UK premiere) RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER Rissolty Rossolty GEORGES BIZET Symphony in C Simon Over conductor Youthful talent shines bright in music by Bizet and Weber, providing a fitting starting point for our 2019 fellowship’s first performance. Both written by teenage hands, hints of Carmen are already present in Bizet’s symphony while Weber’s overture starts a dramatic story of love and family torn apart by revolution. Gabriela Lena Frank looks back on a childhood filled with Oriental stir-fry, Andean nursery songs and music lessons that spanned Peruvian folk music to Bach minuets, creating music that both explores and celebrates multiculturalism. Folk music from America inspired Crawford Seeger’s whirling Rissolty Rossolty, with three tunes colliding in what feels like one great orchestral jam.

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Gabriela Lena Frank

Emily Groom

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RUSH HOUR #2: RECOGNISE

THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO SAMUEL BARBER Capricorn Concerto EMILIE MAYER Symphony No.5 Holly Mathieson conductor Jack Welch flute | Alex Fryer oboe | Erika Curbelo trumpet The greatest of art sometimes falls through the cracks, only to be rightfully rediscovered decades later. Charles Vermeer’s paintings were unknown for 200 years, while Moby-Dick took a century to gain any recognition. Enter Emilie Mayer, a 19th century composer whose music is compellingly distinctive, yet also features both echoes and premonitions of other symphonic greats. Her Fifth Symphony is grand, tumultuous and even cinematic at times, with melodies that are sure to become earworms. Barber, meanwhile, casts flute, oboe and trumpet as members of his household, the voices dancing around each other to reveal a mosaic of emotions, interactions and personalities that make up a family.

Holly Mathieson

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£16£35*

BRAHMS REQUIEM MONDAY 4 MARCH | 7.30pm BARBICAN HALL RICHARD STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration JOHANNES BRAHMS A German Requiem Mark Forkgen conductor Claire Seaton soprano Thomas Humphreys baritone London Concert Choir with Canticum Brahms wrote the German Requiem, one of the truly great choral masterworks, not as a Mass for the Dead, but to comfort the living. Texts from Luther’s translation of the Bible contrast the transience of human life with the everlasting nature of God and the joy of the world to come. Strauss was only 25 when he composed his orchestral tone poem about an elderly man whose journey through life and struggle with death ends in peace as his soul finally achieves perfection. On his own deathbed 60 years later, Strauss remarked, “Dying is just as I composed it.” BOOKING barbican.org.uk | 020 7638 8891

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“Now I am consoled... I feel like an eagle, soaring ever higher and higher." Brahms, while writing A German Requiem

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RUSH HOUR #3: VINDICATION

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THURSDAY 21 MARCH | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

SERGEI RACHMANINOV Symphony No.2 Rebecca Miller conductor With students from the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Suite from Les Boréades JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No.104 ‘London' Christian Curnyn conductor

Great beauty can spring forth from our darkest moments. For Rachmaninov, it was a disastrous premiere of his first symphony that shattered his confidence and drove him deep into depression. Yet he would not be defeated. After a change of scenery and some help from a hypnotherapist, he began writing again, slaving away in secret on a new symphony. Once ready to face the world, Rachmaninov revealed a work that vindicated his talent and cleansed his troubled soul.

A final symphony and a final opera, spanning two of Europe’s great metropolises. From Paris comes a suite of lively dances, drawn from a tale of forbidden love and raging gods - with some unusual percussion to match. London greeted Haydn like a celebrity, and the composer delivered: a symphony that was as multicultural, innovative and boisterous as the city it was written for.

We join with the remarkable students of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School – annually mentored by their Southbank Sinfonia counterparts – for a story of triumphant redemption.

Christian Curnyn, a “master of this repertoire” (The Observer), brings a wealth of experience from period operas performed with the Royal Opera, English National Opera and acclaimed companies worldwide.

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BOOKING Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night

Christian Curnyn

Rebecca Miller

THURSDAY 14 MARCH | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

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RUSH HOUR #4: PINNACLE


#CONCERTLAB: THE SOUND WITHIN

WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH | 7.30pm OVAL SPACE, BETHNAL GREEN

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica' Lee Reynolds conductor Walk within a symphony, experiencing an orchestra in true, immersive surround-sound. With the musicians scattered across the room, explore the vibrations and energy of the ensemble - as well as Beethoven’s changing relationship with sound - as you roam between players and gain new sonic perspectives. A fully-stocked bar will remain open until late for an after-party. Please note that there will be no seating due to the roaming nature of this performance. BOOKING Online at southbanksinfonia.co.uk

“Electric music-making by @SouthbankSinf at this evening's #ConcertLab. Cutting-edge, razor-sharp" @adriancurt

Hugues Roberts

£5£7

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RUSH HOUR #5: AVVENTURA

FREE

THURSDAY 4 APRIL | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

THURSDAY 25 APRIL | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

SALLY BEAMISH Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4 ‘Italian' with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto in D minor, RV566 JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Suite from Naïs FRANCESCO GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso No.5 THOMAS ARNE Overture to Artaxerxes Adrian Butterfield director

Breathless excitement bursts forth as we gallop along, the Italian landscape a warm blur. Mendelssohn's sun-kissed symphony provides a musical postcard from a young composer revelling in the ‘supreme joy of life’, inspired on his adventure by everything from Roman ruins to sparkling coastal waters.

Rich, earthy tones ring out as - with the help of gut strings and authentic period bows - we're transported back 300 years to an era where musical rebellion was thick in the air. Vivaldi’s unique instrument pairings inject visceral energy, while his Italian counterpart Geminiani pays tribute to the great Corelli with his brooding Concerto Grosso. Love affairs and murder of both mortals and gods enthrall us in two dramatic tales from Rameau and Arne.

Sitting alongside our players, the musicians of the worldrenowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields lead the way in this unconducted performance. They bring with them Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten, written for the Academy and drawing on the ensemble's special democracy in which every musician is considered a soloist.

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Supported by the Steel Charitable Trust

RUSH HOUR #6: REBELLION

£15*

LONDON HANDEL FESTIVAL: HANDEL'S RIVAL DIVAS

Side-by-side with Academy players

SATURDAY 27 APRIL | 7.30pm ST GEORGE’S, HANOVER SQUARE

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Repertoire as 25 April, plus: GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Selections from Samson GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Arias from Messiah Adrian Butterfield director Lauren Lodge-Campbell soprano Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano BOOKING london-handel-festival.com

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FREE

RUSH HOUR #7: ANTICIPATION

THURSDAY 2 MAY | 6.00pm ST JOHN'S WATERLOO

JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No.1 Simon Over conductor Over 20 years in the making and with the heavy weight of anticipation resting upon his shoulders, Brahms’ first steps into the world of symphonic writing feel more like a triumphant leap in the great unknown. He booms onto the scene with a thundering heartbeat on the timpani, picking up where Beethoven left off in his final symphony. BOOKING Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night

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MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES SUNDAY 5 MAY | 3.00pm MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE

RICHARD STRAUSS Horn Concerto No.1 JEAN SIBELIUS Karelia Suite JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No.1

Joel Roberts

Simon Over conductor From mountaintops to valley lows, Strauss' concerto shows off the acrobatic qualitites of the horn. A fanfare from the same instrument then begins the folk-infused story of Karelia, a land of majestic beauty, bitterly fought over for centuries. Pivotal moments from its rich history are depicted by Sibelius. BOOKING marlboroughconcertseries.org | 01672 892566

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#CONCERTLAB: THE MIX

THURSDAY 9 MAY | 8.00pm ST JOHN'S WATERLOO

MINI CONCERTS

3 for £10 FRIDAY 10 MAY PURCELL ROOM, SOUTHBANK CENTRE SET ONE | 6.15pm LEOŠ JANÁČEK Mládí Suite LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Septet (final mvt)

Then again, the mix could be something completely and unexpectedly different, traversing emotions as quickly as styles.

SET THREE | 8.15pm JAN BRADLEY Chieba MICHAEL GORDON Tree-oh PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No.2 ‘Company' HENRY PURCELL Fantasia upon one note SUFJAN STEVENS Run Rabbit Run Suite

Please note that there will be very limited seating for this performance, reserved only for those less able to stand. BOOKING Online at southbanksinfonia.co.uk #ConcertLab chamber music in 2018

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Chamber music is put on shuffle for an hour, showcasing centuries of thrilling variety. With a back-catalogue of just about every conceivable style, gems of the past might abut the latest in musical innovation, electroacoustic collaborations could morph into sublime Baroque symmetry, or high-octane pop rhythms become heartfelt melodies.

With each stage designed by its band, ensembles will encircle an arena that removes the boundaries between performers and audience.

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SET TWO | 7.15pm SILVESTRE REVUELTAS Ocho por radio HILARY TANN Walls of Morlais Castle JEAN FRANÇAIX Dixtour (first mvt)

arr. Michael Atkinson

Kickstart your weekend with a bite-sized, 30 minute set of exhilarating chamber music. Mix and match multiple concerts in the same evening, or around drinks and dinner. BOOKING southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 95555

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Peter Athans

£5£7


ROYAL OPERA: PHAEDRA

15, 16, 18, 20 MAY | 7.45pm LINBURY THEATRE, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

HANS WERNER HENZE Phaedra Edmund Whitehead conductor Noa Naamat director Jette Parker Young Artists Henze’s astonishing final opera is a rhapsodic re-imagining of a classical tragedy. The luminous score pulsates with ritualistic percussion and possesses an “otherworldly beauty that is hard to resist” (New York Times), all the while challenging our expectations of what opera can and should be. This production is brought to life by the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists. BOOKING Performances have sold out, but check the Royal Opera House's website for returns. roh.org.uk | 020 7304 4000

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SOUTHBANK SINFONIA FAMILY CONCERT SUNDAY 19 MAY | 11.30am QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Includes music from: W.A. MOZART Symphony No.41 ‘Jupiter' LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture RICHARD WAGNER Siegfried Idyll SALLY BEAMISH Reckless Chloé van Soeterstede conductor Are you ready to explore more than 400 years in 45 minutes? Step into our time machine and travel through musical history! As we leap between centuries, see how the orchestra has grown, hear how its instruments have changed and share in the amazing imagination of some of the world’s greatest ever composers – from early pioneers, through the brilliance of Mozart and Beethoven, right up to the latest trends. Our musicians will be your guides through the concert, sharing their stories and tricks with the help of big-screen projections. Afterwards, you can meet the musicians and try out their instruments. Ideal for children aged 5 – 11

Patrizia Lichtscheidl

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£9.50£29.50*

VENUS UNWRAPPED: A FASTER PULSE

FREE

THURSDAY 6 JUNE | 6.00pm ST JOHN'S WATERLOO

THURSDAY 23 MAY | 7.30pm HALL ONE, KINGS PLACE

Programme includes: ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht

BENJAMIN BRITTEN Simple Symphony WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI Musique funèbre GRAŻYNA BACEWICZ Concerto for String Orchestra GRAŻYNA BACEWICZ Divertimento HENRYK GÓRECKI Three pieces in the old style EDVARD GRIEG Holberg Suite

Karin Hendrickson conductor Written on the eve of the 20th century, Schoenberg’s ultraRomantic Transfigured Night uses the shimmering tones of a string orchestra to conjure a moonlit setting for a tale of emotional transformation. As a couple walk through a cold, barren grove one night, feelings change from despair to hope, from grief to joy, through an act of love and acceptance. The music similarly transforms from resignation and agitation to a hymn-like climax, rich in tenderness and compassion.

Eugene Lee director ‘I run, not walk,’ said Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz. ‘I speak fast, even my pulse beats faster than normal.’ Lutosławski said, ‘She was born with an incredible wealth of musical talent, an almost fanatical zeal and unwavering faith in her mission.’ Asked if her music would last, he said ‘true judgement of creative ability does not belong to contemporary reviewers, but to thousands of audiences over many decades, which may be referred to as the jury of time.’

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Fifty years since her death, judge this extraordinary artist for yourself in our Kings Place debut, featuring as part of their flagship series focusing on the creative firepower of women composers. BOOKING kingsplace.co.uk | 020 7520 1490

The Washington Post on Grażyna Bacewicz 20

Karin Hendrickson

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“An unsung and extraordinary composer"

RUSH HOUR #8: TRANSFIGURED


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WATERLOO FESTIVAL GALA

THURSDAY 13 JUNE | 7.30pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

GÉRARD GRISEY Stèle RICHARD STRAUSS Metamorphosen JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No.5 Jessica Cottis conductor The thundrous echoes of dueting bass drums in Stèle lead into Metamorphosen, an agonising cry over the transformation wreaked by the bombing of World War II. In his diary at the time, Strauss mourned not only the destruction of virtually every major opera house and concert hall in Germany, but of culture itself. 23 solo strings gradually build as themes change from half-echoes of one familiar work to shadows of another. Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony was born during earlier conflict, its form evolving several times as the composer’s circumstances and experience changed. From mysterious beginnings comes a conclusion of triumphant hope; of the ability to take flight and glimpse omnipotence.

Credit: Kaupo Kikkas

Jessica Cottis

Anita Kurowska

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“Was a thrill to watch @SouthbankSinf tonight with the electric Gábor Takács-Nagy and orchestra!” @JoeKeenan33

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£11£33*

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO.2

FREE

TUESDAY 18 JUNE | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE

IN HARMONY LAMBETH

WEDNESDAY 3 JULY | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE

W.A. MOZART Symphony No.32 BÉLA BARTÓK Romanian Dances JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No.90 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2 Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor

The young musicians of In Harmony Lambeth perform side-by-side with their Southbank Sinfonia mentors in a showcase, sharing their joint love of music. At the heart of this year's encounter sits the finale to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with its famous anthem proclaiming hope, joy and strength in unity.

Meet a symphonist on the cusp of revolution: energy and ideas fizz in Beethoven’s Second, music written as an antidote to the darkness encroaching upon his thoughts. Haydn conjures images of the Parisian Court in his Symphony No.90, the same city Mozart had just returned from when writing the short, overture-like Symphony No.32.

In Harmony Lambeth encourages the pursuit of musical excellence to enrich the lives of children, young people, families and the wider community. Southbank Sinfonia’s players pass on their knowledge, enthusiasm and top tips to their In Harmony Lambeth counterparts through regular coaching sessions, before a joint performance sees both orchestras combine forces.

Gábor Takács-Nagy is a prize-winning interpreter of his compatriot Bartók’s music, combining an encyclopaedic understanding with infectious enthusiasm.

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In Harmony Lambeth

Credit: Miguel Bueno

Gabor Takács-Nagy

Jack Welch

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FREE

RUSH HOUR #9: TUSCAN

ANGHIARI FESTIVAL

Simon Over conductor

Simon Over conductor David Corkhill conductor Allegri Quartet Vox Musica Anghiari Festival Chorus

THURSDAY 18 JULY | 6.00pm ST JOHN'S WATERLOO

SATURDAY 20 - FRIDAY 26 JULY ANGHIARI, ITALY

If you can't make it to the Anghiari Festival for a week of orchestral, chamber and choral gems this summer, fear not: In the last Rush Hour before the summer holiday, we're bringing a hint of Tuscany to Waterloo.

Amidst the winding streets and charming piazzas of historic Anghiari, Southbank Sinfonia brings a selection of symphonic, chamber and choral music to be enjoyed under the Tuscan sky and in beautifully ornate churches.

Sit back, glass of wine in hand, and enjoy a preview of some of the music to be performed at the festival. Further details for this concert, and the 2019 Anghiari Festival, will be revealed in March.

Further details of the 2019 festival will be revealed in March, but you can expect much-loved concertos performed by our fellowship musicians, collaborations with internationallyrenowned artists and a large-scale choral work with the Anghiari Festival Chorus.

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Besides an incredible variety of music, enjoy divine food and stunning views in one of Italy’s most picturesque towns.

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Post-concert in Anghiari

Simon Over

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BRITISH YOUTH OPERA SEPTEMBER 2019 PEACOCK THEATRE

A new generation of operatic stars join forces with Southbank Sinfonia in the West End. In 2018, our longstanding partnership saw critically acclaimed performances of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and the UK premiere of The Enchanted Island, while previous collaborations have included fully-staged productions of classics by Mozart, Janáček, Puccini and Britten. With alumni that include Edward Gardner and Sally Matthews, British Youth Opera provides a chance to see some of the brightest emerging talents en route to careers with the world’s great opera companies. Details of 2019’s productions will be revealed in early March.

Credit: Alexandra Lowe

The Vanishing Bridegroom, 2017

Emma Lisney

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RUSH HOUR #10: DISCOVERY

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER | 6.00pm ST JOHN'S WATERLOO

DOROTHY HOWELL Humoresque The Rock Divertissements Suite from Koong Shee Rebecca Miller conductor 100 years ago, a new composer on the scene stormed the nation's imagination. In the 1919 Proms season alone, Dorothy Howell's tone poem Lamia was performed in five separate concerts. She was pursued by the paparazzi and was the subject of newspaper headlines declaring her "the English Strauss". Yet, in the decades since her music has barely been heard. Following Rebecca Miller's visit to the Howell family home to rediscover manuscripts, and our study day in 2018 providing a first exploration of a selection of works, we're thrilled to be able to share a full concert of Dorothy Howell's music. A full century after her breakthrough success, now is the moment we start making up for lost time. BOOKING Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night

Alex Fryer

Supported by #ABOSirens

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“Dorothy Howell's works are all of distinction, for her themes and orchestration show real thought and musical feeling" Henry Wood, 1938


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PETER HULSEN ORCHESTRAL SONG AWARD THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER | 7.30pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

Simon Over conductor Berlioz, Strauss, Ravel and countless other composer greats: All wrote intoxicating concert works for orchestra and singer. The live final of the biennial Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award celebrates such treasures and an array of emerging vocal talents. The winning singer, as judged by an expert panel, will become an Associate Artist of Southbank Sinfonia for 2020-21, while you will also have the opportunity to cast your own vote in the Audience Award. Previous winners include our current Associate Artist Lotte Betts-Dean (2017), and soprano Soraya Mafi (2015) - just shortlisted for an International Opera Award. Further details of our 2019 finalists and their chosen repertoire will be revealed in late summer.

Deni Teo

2017 winner, Lotte Betts-Dean

BOOKING Online at southbanksinfonia.co.uk

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£12£22*

UNCLASSIFIED SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE Includes: ANNA MEREDITH Four Tributes to 4am NICOLE LIZÉE New commission (world premiere) André de Ridder conductor Orchestra, visuals and electronics combine in a new partnership with the BBC and Southbank Centre, inspired by Radio 3's Unclassified. Canadian composer Nicole Lizée brings a premiere written specially for Southbank Sinfonia. Taking eclectic influences from early MTV videos and Alfred Hitchcock to name but two, her music has caused waves worldwide, blurring – sometimes obliterating – the lines between art forms. Likewise Anna Meredith, whose Four Tributes to 4am explores the crossover point between yesterday and tomorrow. From stillness emerge jolts of nocturnal electricity, accompanied by projected visuals. BOOKING southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555

* Booking fee: £3 online, £3.50 telephone per transaction

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SOUTHBANK SINFONIA FAMILY CONCERT

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER | 11.30am QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE Natalia Luis Bassa conductor Classical music is full of stories - and every story has a beginning. From the first notes of great symphonies to the first time someone picks up an instrument, the course of history can be changed forever and an incredible adventure begun. Join 33 young musicians as they kick-start some of classical music’s greatest creations and share their own exciting journeys to the stage. Southbank Sinfonia Family Concerts mix live musical performance with specially created videos, sounds and theatrical lighting, immersing children and adults alike in an inspiring orchestral world. After the concert you can meet the musicians and try out their instruments. Ideal for children aged 5 – 11 BOOKING southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 95555

* Booking fee: £3 online, £3.50 telephone per transaction

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“Such friendly, generous musicians, and a programme that was fun and educational for all ages" @noxo

Marsailidh Groat

André de Ridder

Credit: Marco Borggreve

With thanks to Nicholas Warren and Catherine Graham-Harrison for their generous support of this concert.


“I love the way this band of young professionals is so willing to embrace any challenge� The Arts Desk


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RUSH HOUR #11: UNLEASHED

THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO Programme includes: COLIN LABADIE Entwined (UK premiere) LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No.8 James Hendry conductor Beethoven described his Eighth Symphony as “unbuttoned”; today we might think of it as being like a double espresso. Small in form but serving a brilliant intensity of innovation, the symphony shows a radical composer experimenting with textural, rhythmic and harmonic elements. Then, with the brain buzzing from musical caffeine, thoughts turn to an array of loose ends that Beethoven leaves deliberately untied, extending the music’s impact beyond the live performance. BOOKING Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night

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Rachel Maxey

Credit: Roger Way

James Hendry

Supported by our Obbligato Friends


#CONCERTLAB: FLUX

FREE

RUSH HOUR #12: IMAGINE

OCTOBER LONDON

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

Imogen Knight movement director Maxime Tortelier conductor

JOSEPH HAYDN An Imaginary Orchestral Journey Eugene Lee conductor

When an orchestra are unleashed from their music stands, remarkable things can happen. Featuring striking music by John Luther Adams, Pēteris Vasks and others, Flux is a new cross-genre experience that will be developed collaboratively with movement director Imogen Knight. Pushing the boundaries of orchestral performance, the musicians' movements will interpret, re-configure and amplify the music's potency.

Don’t let the wig or 18th century attire fool you. Haydn was one seriously interesting person. His diaries tell tales of escaping from tigers at the Tower of London’s zoo, staring into the cosmos with astronomy pioneer William Herschel, and being a Casanova worthy of a sit-com. Haydn’s music is no different, packed with innovation that is as radical as it is so often comedic. Curated by Sir Simon Rattle, An Imaginary Orchestral Journey cherry-picks the most outlandish and forward-looking music from symphonies, oratorios and operas spanning a 40-year period. The result is a vivid, uninterrupted collage of intelligence, pranks and brilliant eccentricity.

Further details will be revealed in early Summer. BOOKING Online at southbanksinfonia.co.uk.

BOOKING Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night

Eliana Yu on Facebook after our 2017 collaboration with Imogen Knight

Eugene Lee

“IT WAS AWESOME! Without a doubt THE edgiest classical concert I have ever attended"

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FREE

RUSH HOUR #13: ESCAPE

THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS

Includes: KURT WEILL Symphony No.2 Sian Edwards conductor Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo-soprano

WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

Weill's Second Symphony bridged the tumultuous period in which he was forced to flee his native Germany and seek refuge in Paris. Begun in Berlin, the seeds of the symphony lie in its foreboding, trumpet-led introduction. From it evolves a work of relentless urgency, its energy fuelled simultaneously by anger, fear and an antidote of wry satire. Drawing on all the skill that penned theatrical masterpieces like The Threepenny Opera and blending it with the classical foundations used by Mozart and Haydn, Weill created art that spoke of its time but with lessons that will resonate through the ages. The concert will include further works by Weill, featuring our Associate Artist Lotte Betts-Dean.

Sian Edwards

BOOKING Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night

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SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER COVENTRY CATHEDRAL

EDWARD ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius Simon Over conductor The Parliament Choir Coventry Cathedral Chorus Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano “This is the best of me… this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory.” This quote, etched on the manuscript score, reveals a composer who had given everything of himself, and in the process created a wonderfully monstrous choral work. In The Dream of Gerontius, Elgar sets the story of an ordinary, everday man whose soul journeys from its final mortal moments into the unknown. Guided by an Angel, the path to judgement finally reveals a glimpse of God so powerful that it calls upon the greatest sound an orchestra can make. BOOKING Tickets on sale from the summer

“This was a performance that was determined to raise the roof, and succeeded” The Telegraph


JESSICA TICKLE 2015 VIOLA, CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “Southbank Sinfonia was one of the most rewarding professional and social experiences I’ve ever had. I learned so much over the year and felt totally prepared for starting out as a freelance musician. Without the experience, I wouldn’t have gained my current position with CBSO."

Southbank Sinfonia gives young musicians a vital springboard into the profession. The impact is incalculable: this year’s orchestra joins a group of over 500 musicians who have completed the fellowship. Former members now pursue an array of exciting ventures, from playing with renowned orchestras to leading pioneering education initiatives, each proudly acknowledging the impact Southbank Sinfonia has had on their journey.

NEIL VALENTINE 2007 VIOLA, BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATE "Despite having worked as an instrumental teacher, it was a Southbank Sinfonia project with the Imperial War Museum that made learning and participation work real for me. Through experiences like this, I gained the conviction that music is all about people and that, as musicians, we have so much to give."

JULIA HANTSCHEL 2014 PRINCIPAL OBOE, ICELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “In my time with Southbank Sinfonia I discovered all the different skill sets that an orchestral musician should have in addition to 'just' playing their instrument. This gave me inspiration and the determination to work on becoming a more rounded and accomplished player."

TAYLOR MACLENNAN 2018 FLUTE, FREELANCE “My fellowship was full of amazing musical experiences which will never leave me. I have transformed in confidence and ability as an orchestral musician as a result of my year at Southbank Sinfonia. I feel that I am so much more ready to have a career in music."

RACHEL ROWNTREE 2004 VIOLIN, LES SIECLES “The variety of Southbank Sinfonia was brilliant: chamber orchestra, chamber music, period playing, education projects and mock auditions. There are few other schemes which offer such a comprehensive array of opportunities for young players." 33


"I find it incredible the amount of support that Southbank Sinfonia receives from members of the public. What is also really special is getting to meet so many of them as they follow the orchestra through the year – something that you may not find at a big professional orchestra.

Tim Keasley

Thanks to their amazing support, Southbank Sinfonia can continue to provide an outstanding opportunity to young players year on year, and I feel very lucky to be part of the wider community that goes with spending a year with this orchestra. Thank you!" Matt Rainsford, Trumpet 2018

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Being involved with Southbank Sinfonia is also a unique experience for our crucial ensemble of supporters. Every year is different: not only is there a new programme of concerts and events, but also a new fellowship of musicians from all over the world with diverse personalities, perspectives and opportunities for the players and the supporters alike. There are a multitude of ways to participate – from joining as a Friend from £5 a month, to contributing towards particular projects or our annual Anghiari Festival; by connecting us with a company or trust you know well, to leaving a gift to Southbank Sinfonia in your Will. For more information or to discuss how you can contribute, please talk to the players and staff at our concerts, look on our website, or get in touch with Claire Goddard, Development Director on 020 7921 0377 or claire@southbanksinfonia.co.uk


To get an in-depth and direct experience of the journey that our musicians go on, you can ‘Adopt a Player' by directly funding their place on the programme. We are tremendously grateful to the following individuals, trusts and foundations, and companies for embarking on this 2019 adventure together with the 33 players in the orchestra: Accelerating Experience Ltd The Derrill Allatt Foundation Mr & Mrs R J F Brothers The Chiltern Consort Andrew & Charmian Chojnicki and Val & Paul Goss Lord and Lady Filkin The Guernsey Bursary Consortium The Headley Trust Jenny Hodgson

Southbank Sinfonia receives no public funding and so without your help, our artist development and concert programmes would simply not be possible. Further vital support comes from:

Barbara Abensur ABO Sirens Fund ABRSM ActiveOps The Ambrose and Ann Appelbe Trust Michael Berman CBE Lord Black of Brentwood & Mr Mark Bolland

The Kirby Laing Foundation Suzanne Lemieux and Patricia Thomas OBE The Leverhulme Trust Sir Charles Mackerras Chair / Tait Memorial Trust The Mactaggart Third Fund The NZ-UK Link Foundation Dr Elman Poole Victoria Robey Iain and Claire Robinson

The British Italian Society Dr Anthony Burch Busatti Sally Cantello & Bill Grose James Chen Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation Gill & Garf Collins Susan Craig Rob Dobson Diana Douglas Diana Eyre The Eyre Family Foundation Sean Finnan EN Fisher The Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust Jane & David Gosman The Derek Hill Foundation Jenny Hodgson

Joe Ryan The Solti Foundation Anna Sperling Derek Stubbs The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust Thomas’s Schools Dr David Usher The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation Edith Jessup John Lewis Partnership St John’s Waterloo Carys Jones Susan Lloyd James & Elizabeth Mann The Marchus Trust Henri Moerel Foundation Tom & Mary Monfries Parliament Choir Mark & Sara Payne PRS Resonate Fund Margaret Rodgers The RVW Trust Kitty Schmidt Patrick & Susannah Seely Charles & Stella Shee The Steel Charitable Trust Mike Taylor Ben & Katie Thomas

Peter Thompson William & Teresa Tilden The Vox Musica Trust Clare Walker Nicholas Warren and Catherine Graham-Harrison John & Julie Williamson Anna Yallop Simon Yates

As well as those who wish to remain anonymous, and our family of Maestro, Obbligato, Ripieno, Continuo and now Walking Bass Friends. Join us at: southbanksinfonia.co.uk/friends THANK YOU! 35


Southbank Sinfonia is a registered charity No.1092461 Information in this Concert Diary was correct at the time of going to print, but we reserve the right to vary programmes or artists if necessary. Booking fees may apply for venue box offices.

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Welcome to Southbank Sinfonia 2019. Delve in to discover upcoming concerts and to meet the orchestra. https://www.southbanksinfonia.co.uk/

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Welcome to Southbank Sinfonia 2019. Delve in to discover upcoming concerts and to meet the orchestra. https://www.southbanksinfonia.co.uk/

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