CONCERT DIARY 2020
AN ORCHESTRA LIKE NO OTHER Every year we welcome 33 exceptional graduates from all over the world to form an orchestra.
Nothing is off limits with Southbank Sinfonia, performing music from the 1700s all the way through to brand new commissions written especially for our players by some of today’s most exciting voices in new music. Each fellowship sees dozens of performances in London’s top music venues and beyond, with each concert introduced by our players giving their unique insights into the music they love performing.
Partnerships with leading arts organisations allow our players to 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 Marin Alsop and André de Ridder impart their wisdom, while collaborations with leading composers and organisations such as Nonclassical bring new music to life.
“I’ve seen the future...the youthful Southbank Sinfonia in great form” The Times 2
Classical by name but not by nature. Composers like Mozart and Beethoven are celebrated for their originality, daring to do what nobody did before. It’s the responsibility of future generations of musicians to ensure orchestras keep trailblazing. In 2020 our players will premiere new music, defy genres with Unclassified Live, andchampion female composers. Our #ConcertLab series features classical music framed in new contexts, unlocking fresh interpretations.
“I love the way this band of young professionals is so willing to embrace any challenge” The Arts Desk
With their youthful vitality, Southbank Sinfonia players make great role-models for young people embarking on their own musical journey. They connect with a huge range of children and teenagers, to nurture and inspire the next generation. Through our Artist Development programme, our musicians learn the ropes and put these skills to work in a range of learning and participation projects, Family Concerts, and our thriving partnership with In Harmony Lambeth.
MEET THE 2020 PLAYERS HANNAH BELL Violin
CORA IORDACHE Violin
FLORA FONTANELLI Violin TOM MORGAN Bass
DORIS KUO Violin
DANIEL JUNG Violin MARCUS DAWE Flute
NICK VEGAS Bass MASSIVE BEATLES FAN
#1 CAT FAN
RUBIKâ€™S CUBE WHIZZ
VERONICA MARZIANO Violin
ELOISE MACDONALD Violin EMILY PENN Oboe
CATHERINE HARE Flute
LORENZO NARICI Violin LUKE ENGLISH Clarinet
LAURA WARE-HEINE Oboe LEARNING THE DRUMS
SOPHIE PHILLIPS Violin
GUILLERMO RAMASASA Clarinet OWNS FOUR SNAKES AND A BEARDED DRAGON
ALTERNATIVE CAREER: BUS DRIVER
LOVES BAKING SOURDOUGH
ANNA BIELECKA Viola
JAMES FISHER Bassoon
SARAH GAIT Cello
TOBY HOLDEN Viola
GEORGE WHITE Viola
GEORGIE DAVIS Viola
ANNA ZIMAN Violin
LOVES PLAYING MUSIC IN NATURE
ANTONIA CHANDLER Horn
RICARDO TAUBER Cello
KELLY LEE Cello ALEC JOLY PAVELICH Percussion
BRADLEY JONES Trumpet
BAKES THE BEST CINNAMON BUNS
ERLEND VESTBY Cello SIMON OVER Music Director and Principal Conductor REBECCA MILLER Associate Conductor DAVID CORKHILL Assistant Conductor EUGENE LEE Associate Leader ALLEGRI QUARTET Associate Artist CHLOE MORGAN Associate Artist
SARAH HOYLE Bassoon DOG LOVER
SIÃ‚N COLLINS Horn KNITTER
Find out more about our musicians at southbanksinfonia.co.uk
KATIE LODGE Trumpet FORMER CHILD ACTOR
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#1: DAWN Farrenc / Beethoven | 13 February #2: ELATION Haydn / Mendelssohn | 27 February
Escape the everyday.
#3: CONTRAST Rameau / Mozart | 5 March
Want an alternative to squeezing into a crowded tube carriage?
#4: FATE Tchaikovsky | 19 March
On Thursdays, swap the crush for our Rush Hour Concert where you can hear an orchestra of rising stars perform music that inspires and beguiles, all in the space of one hour.
#5: STORM Rebel / Biber / Locke / Vivaldi / CPE Bach / Handel | 2 April
At our home opposite Waterloo station, you’ll hear music from across the last 400 years with our musicians giving you their take on what makes these pieces so great.
#6: VOYAGE Mendelssohn / Haydn | 16 April #7: LANDSCAPES Vaughan Williams / Copland / Higdon | 14 May #8: ITALIA A preview of the Anghiari Festival | 9 July
To top it all off you even get a free glass of wine as you walk through the door. Book your free ticket at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can at the performance. It’s as simple as that.
Thursdays, 6.00pm at St John’s Waterloo
We’re on the move
From Summer 2020 we will be moving out of our base at St John’s Waterloo for refurbishments. But don’t worry, we’ll be back in Spring/Summer 2021. Plans for our temporary home will be announced very soon. If you’d like to find out more about the work being done, visit stjohnswaterloo.org/reignite
#ConcertLab Step into our laboratory and experience the future of classical music. We ask the question, ‘how can we experience concerts differently,’ and we want you to be part of the answer. By reframing the music, providing a new context both in environment and interpretation, fresh meanings can be discovered.
Further details will be revealed for dates below: April 2020 August 2020 September 2020
In 2020, we’re taking classical music out of the concert hall and down the pub for a pint in our #ConcertLab: Session. We’re also heading back to Bethnal Green’s Oval Space for a chance to walk through the inner workings of an orchestra. Keep an eye out for more #ConcertLabs to be revealed later in the year… Book online at southbanksinfonia.co.uk
“The COOLEST concert by @SouthbankSinf this evening, don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed an orchestral concert that much. Fantastic concept - more please!!” @TessaDeterding
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Southbank Centre Southbank Centre is the UK’s premiere arts centre and you can catch us performing in its prestigious venues eight times this year. A short stroll from our home by Waterloo Station takes you to the world-famous Southbank Centre, housing some of the finest music halls in the country. From our bite-sized concerts in the intimate Purcell Room to our work supporting women conductors with Marin Alsop’s conducting masterclass in the iconic Royal Festival Hall, you’ll see us popping up at Southbank Centre throughout the year. Find out more at southbanksinfonia.co.uk
MARIN ALSOP: WOMEN’S CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS Royal Festival Hall | 17 April page 19 MINI CONCERTS: MUSICAL TASTING MENU Purcell Room | 3 May page 19 FAMILY CONCERT #1 Queen Elizabeth Hall | 9 May page 20 SONGS FROM THE SHOWS AND OPERAS Queen Elizabeth Hall | 26 May page 22 THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS Queen Elizabeth Hall | 6 June page 23 KNOXVILLE, SUMMER OF 1915 Queen Elizabeth Hall | 4 October page 28 FAMILY CONCERT #2 Queen Elizabeth Hall | 31 October page 28 MENDELSSOHN’S SCOTTISH SYMPHONY Queen Elizabeth Hall | 2 November page 30 UNCLASSIFIED LIVE Queen Elizabeth Hall | 8 November page 31
RUSH HOUR #1: DAWN THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO LOUISE FARRENC Overture No.2 7’ LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’ 40’ Simon Over conductor Snow thaws and buds bloom as we greet the new orchestral season with Beethoven’s idyllic ‘Pastoral’ Symphony. Yes, it may still be February but this vivid depiction of the Viennese countryside serves as a fresh beginning for Southbank Sinfonia as we welcome our new 2020 orchestra. A foreboding introduction of Beethovenian grandeur announces the arrival of French composer and virtuoso pianist Louise Farrenc. As the first woman to be appointed Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatoire, Farrenc was not one to be intimidated by her male counterparts with this perfectly crafted Overture standing alongside the greats of history in more than equal measure. TICKETS Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night
“I’m a huge fan of Beethoven because he lowkey reinvented the symphony. As a trumpet player, we have less work to do in Beethoven than we might in Mahler, but that gives us a chance to make each note something very special.” Bradley Jones, Trumpet 12
Siân Collins, Marcus Dawe, Bradley Jones
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE SIDE-BY-SIDE
RUSH HOUR #2: ELATION
SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY | 4.00pm PAUL HAMLYN HALL, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
Includes popular arias by Gounod, Verdi, and Donizetti Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Stephanie Wake-Edwards mezzo soprano Filipe Manu tenor Blaise Malaba bass Richard Hetherington conductor
JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No.88 21’ FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ 29’ Chloé van Soeterstède conductor There is never a dull moment when it comes to Haydn’s music. Just when you think you know where you are, safe from any sudden surprises, he hits you with an unexpected twist to keep you on the edge of your seat. From the very start of his Symphony No.88 the music lures us in and seems to meander before kicking into gear with an unabashed joy for life.
Peek behind the curtain and see how an opera is rehearsed in an open workshop with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and singers from the Jette Parker Young Artists programme.
There is no risk of a gentle introduction in Mendelssohn’s feisty ‘Italian’ Symphony which bursts out the gates in a confident gallop, dashing through the Mediterranean countryside. This musical postcard captures the optimistic youth of a composer who is seeing the beautiful extremities of the world for the first time and crafting a unique voice which feels fresh, even today.
For this open workshop, Southbank Sinfonia musicians will perform side-by-side with members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, gaining from them invaluable coaching and support. In between arias, our presenter for the afternoon will offer a unique insight to the opera rehearsal process, speaking to our conductor, Southbank Sinfonia players and opening up the floor for questions from you, the audience.
TICKETS Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night
TICKETS £6-£12 roh.org.uk | 020 7304 4000
Chloé van Soeterstède
RUSH HOUR #3: CONTRAST THURSDAY 5 MARCH | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Suite from Les Paladins 25’ WA MOZART Symphony No.41 ‘Jupiter’ 31’ Christian Curnyn conductor The last hurrah, a penultimate deep breath and jubilant exhalation. For Mozart’s final symphony he decides to fill his music with as much contrast as our ears and emotions can take. Sublime, quiet moments explode with joyful exuberance in this composition full of extremes. In Les Paladins we see the competition between two very different men over the beautiful Argie. Imprisoned in the elderly Anselme’s castle – with unsavoury intentions – Argie’s heart longs for the heroic knight Atis. This tale is wrapped in baroque splendour, full of colourful and lively dances.
TICKETS Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night
MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 3.00pm MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE, WILTSHIRE
LOUISE FARRENC Overture No.2 7’ WA MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra 31’ LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’ 40’ Tasmin Little violin Philip Dukes viola Simon Over conductor Anything the violin can do, its beefier sibling can match in Mozart’s hybrid concerto. Two soloists step forward, engaging in theatrical dialogue with the soulful voice of the viola pairing perfectly with the bright brilliance of the violin. The mighty opening chords of Farrenc’s Overture stun and mystify. Before we can even get our breath back we’re launched into a whirlwind of musical invention, guided by the steady hand of a truly gifted composer. As the first woman to be appointed Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatoire, Farrenc was a trailblazer who demanded the (well-deserved) respect of her contemporaries. A dawn chorus of birds, rowdy country dances, and an ominous thunderstorm - Beethoven’s idyllic ‘Pastoral’ Symphony paints a vivid picture of the Viennese countryside that the composer longed to escape to. For a man who gained a reputation for being a surly character, here is music that speaks of a calmer mind and invites us to journey to pastures green.
THURSDAY 12 MARCH | 1.10pm ST CLEMENT DANES RUTH GIPPS Seascapes 9’ CARL REINECKE Octet (mvt III & IV) 11’ EMILE BERNARD Divertissement for Double Wind Quintet 22’ Shake up your lunch break and come hear Southbank Sinfonia’s wind section as they step out from the back row of the orchestra to showcase their symphonic skills. With music written especially for wind instruments, join us for a free lunchtime concert in the heart of the city. The strings may have the afternoon off but these pieces more than prove that the full symphonic sound can still be captured with breath alone. We take a nostalgic trip down to the Sussex coast with Gipps’ Seascapes. Conjuring images of tranquil ocean vistas, we drift along with the swirling scales of the flutes and oboes back to buoyant childhood memories. A master manipulator of moods, Reinecke layers the deep, woody sounds of the instruments building a foundation for the clarinet and flute to majestically float above. Bernard’s Divertissement could aptly be called a Wind Symphony with so much character and novelty packed into the playing of eight soloists coming together as one. TICKETS Free, no ticket required
TICKETS £20 marlboroughconcertseries.org | 01672 892246
RUSH HOUR #4: FATE
RUSH HOUR #5: STORM THURSDAY 2 APRIL | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
THURSDAY 19 MARCH | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
A battle with crippling self-doubt and writer’s block was the generative force behind Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5.
JEAN-FÉRY REBEL Chaos from Les Élémens 7’ HEINRICH BIBER Battalia à 10 12’ MATTHEW LOCKE Selection from The Tempest ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto La Tempesta di Mare 8’ CPE BACH Symphony in D major 11’ GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks 18’ Adrian Butterfield director/violin
After being catapulted to fame by his immensely popular Symphony No.4 ten years earlier, Tchaikovsky became a bit of a celebrity in Russia and beyond. But the composer’s ego was far from secure as he struggled with the pressure of the hype: he was left with a nasty case of ‘difficult second album syndrome’.
With their eyes turned towards the heavens, the composers of 300 years ago harnessed the mighty power of the elements. The result can thrill and frighten, striking us to the core. To help bring that visceral sound, our players will be donning gut strings and authentic period bows, transforming into a working baroque ensemble.
The vivid orchestral colour of the Symphony No.5 inhabits a world of melodrama and maximalism, and explores the idea of ultimate victory over destiny. We are led by a recurring ‘fate theme’ as it weaves through bombastic funeral marches and swirling waltzes, in music composed against all odds.
In celebration of our Obbligato Friends
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5 47’ Lee Reynolds conductor with students from Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
Students of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School – mentored annually by their Southbank Sinfonia counterparts – bolster our forces as we embark on a journey of triumph over fate. TICKETS Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night
TICKETS Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night
LONDON HANDEL FESTIVAL: THE ELEMENTS FRIDAY 3 APRIL | 7.30pm ST GEORGE’S, HANOVER SQUARE
JEAN-FÉRY REBEL Les Élémens 23’ HEINRICH BIBER Battalia à 10 12’ MATTHEW LOCKE The Tempest 40’ ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto La Tempesta di Mare 8’ CPE BACH Symphony in D major 11’ GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks 18’ Adrian Butterfield director/violin TICKETS £15* london-handel-festival.com *booking fees apply
RUSH HOUR #6: VOYAGE
THURSDAY 16 APRIL | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO FELIX MENDELSSOHN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage 12’ JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No.99 25’ with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields At aged 19, Mendelssohn had seen the ocean only once, but the young composer was able to use sound to vividly depict the heroic voyage of a ship across the high seas. The serene, almost eerily still waters of the opening are disturbed by flag-fluttering flutes, as the winds pick up and the ship begins its journey. Rippling waters and crashing waves give way to triumphant drums and trumpet, announcing a safe return back to dry land. After the death of his lifelong employer, Prince Esterházy of Austria, Haydn’s new-found freedom took him on a slightly different kind of grand voyage, to London. The London symphonies were Haydn’s playground for creative exploration and adventure, and his Symphony No.99 is one of the most plucky and daring. Our annual collaboration with musicians of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields – world leaders in performing unconducted – culminates in them joining us on our intrepid voyage. TICKETS Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night
Catherine Hare, Hannah Bell
MARIN ALSOP: WOMEN’S CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS FRIDAY 17 APRIL | 3.00pm ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
Led by conducting powerhouse, Marin Alsop, rising-star women conductors are expertly coached in this behind-thescenes insight into the rehearsal process. Learn more about the skills and techniques needed to steer an orchestra, whilst championing conducting superstars of the future. Southbank Sinfonia join forces with the BBC Concert Orchestra and delve into a variety of repertoire. Five conductors receive expert guidance and feedback from both Alsop and the musicians themselves. This is a free event open to all. TICKETS Free, ticketed southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555
£4 each or
3 for £10
MINI CONCERTS: TASTER MENU
SUNDAY 3 MAY PURCELL ROOM, SOUTHBANK CENTRE SET ONE | 2.00pm LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Septet (first mvt) 10’ WA MOZART String Quintet No.3 (first mvt) 10’ FRANCIS POULENC Movement Perpetuel 7’
arr. for String Quartet and Wind Quintet
SET TWO | 3.00pm ANTONIO VIVALDI Trio Sonata No.12 ‘La Follia’ 10’ SAMUEL BARBER Summer Music for Winds 12’ YVES CHARDON Sonata For Trumpet and Cello (first mvt) 14’ SET THREE | 4.00pm PHILIP GLASS Façades 8’ GRAHAM FITKIN Distil 16’ CAROLINE SHAW String Quartet ‘Valencia’ 6’ LOU HARRISON Music for Remy 5’ DAVE HEATH The Frontier 8’ Sample bold, new flavours alongside classic offerings in Southbank Sinfonia’s musical taster menu.
“Marin Alsop is an inspirational figure, especially to women conductors and performers who are forging their paths in a field too long dominated by men. I think this event is particularly important as it creates opportunities for women conductors to learn from and connect with one another.” Antonia Chandler, Horn
Fill up on a 30-minute set of chamber music, or mix and match multiple concerts on a Sunday afternoon which promises to satisfy even the pickiest listener. TICKETS £4 each or 3 for £10* southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555 *booking fees apply
SOUTHBANK SINFONIA FAMILY CONCERT
SATURDAY 9 MAY | 11.30am QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE Includes music from: BÉLA BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No.104 EDVARD GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No.1 The best way to share a story is through music. Composers have been doing this for hundreds of years and we want to share some of our own with you. Discover the gripping folk tunes woven within some of the most awe-inspiring compositions. The musicians of the orchestra will be our guides for the morning and share tunes and tales from their home countries. Afterward, join us in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer where you can meet the musicians and try out their instruments. Concert duration: 45 minutes TICKETS £4 child, £8 adult* southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555 *booking fees apply
Family Concert supported by:
SUNDAY 10 MAY | 7.30pm ST DUNSTAN’S CHURCH, MAYFIELD, SUSSEX WA MOZART The Marriage of Figaro Overture 5’ LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ 40’ WA MOZART Coronation Mass 30’ Mayfield Festival Chorus Ryan Drucker piano Jeremy Summerly conductor Miraculously uplifting music can be born of the most turbulent times. “What a destructive, disorderly life I see and hear around me: nothing but drums, cannons, human misery of every sort,” Beethoven wrote to his publisher in 1809 as he witnessed the turmoil of Austria at war with France for the fourth time in 18 years. Amidst the carnage, the composer crafted a piano concerto of unprecedented scale which traverses an emotional spectrum of surprising brightness, optimism and humour. Yet in terms of joviality, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro Overture pretty much trumps all. Based on a notoriously scandalous play of the same name, the opera pokes fun at the aristocracy. A perfect curtain-raiser, the overture is a brisk, witty preview of the full-scale operatic shenanigans. The ultimate all-round composer, Mozart was just as comfortable writing church music as he was secular. His magisterial Coronation Mass is another piece which encompasses a world of emotion beyond its scale, peppered with choral and symphonic flourishes that are strikingly theatrical. TICKETS £5-£35 mayfieldfestival.co.uk
RUSH HOUR #7: LANDSCAPES
SONGS FROM THE SHOWS AND OPERAS
JENNIFER HIGDON String Lake from All Things Majestic 7’ RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending 15’ AARON COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite 25’ Sophie Phillips violin Simon Over conductor
The Parliament Choir Jamie MacDougall tenor Simon Over conductor
THURSDAY 14 MAY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
TUESDAY 26 MAY | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
From glitzy chorus numbers to soul-stirring solos, we bring the razzle and the dazzle of Broadway to the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the help of The Parliament Choir and some special guests.
In this compositional milestone, Williams captures the melodious song of the skylark – an increasingly rare sound in its natural habitat as the species’ population declines. The chirruping solo violin line dips and soars, singing out amongst melodies indebted to English folksong.
Hear some of your most-loved musical numbers alongside arias from popular operas, all accompanied by the sparkle of Southbank Sinfonia. Further details will be released in the spring.
Another landmark composition grounded firmly in the Earth, Copland’s Appalachian Spring is one of those pieces that speaks directly to the soul. Layers of slow-moving harmony emerge, bright and warm, like sun burning through a morning mist. The simplicity of this music is deceptive, as Copland unfurls a striking range of emotion from a simple sonic palette.
TICKETS Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night
The Parliament Choir
Composed over 60 years later, yet conveying that same sense of wonder at the vastness of the natural world, Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic is a musical postcard and a tribute to the majesty of America’s national parks. Glassy and tranquil, String Lake conjures up the serenity of glittering reflections on the water’s surface.
TICKETS southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
SATURDAY 6 JUNE | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE RICHARD STRAUSS Overture and Dance Scene from Ariadne auf Naxos 4’ JÖRG WIDMANN 180 beats per minute 6’ WA MOZART Flute Concerto No.2 23’ LOLA DE LA MATA New Work (world premiere) 5’ KURT WEILL The Seven Deadly Sins 35’ Catherine Hare flute Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo soprano Soloists from British Youth Opera Jessica Cottis conductor Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Anger, and Sloth. Weill’s dark, satirical ‘sung ballet’ The Seven Deadly Sins is a cautionary tale of a woman’s lost humanity in the pursuit of the American Dream. Strauss’ rich, luscious Overture and Dance Scene from his opera Ariadne auf Naxos contrasts with the fresh, vitality of the ever-inventive Mozart’s Flute Concerto No.2 which sparkles with elegant solo passages for Southbank Sinfonia player, Catherine Hare. A driving pulse relentlessly urges the music forward at maximum in Widmann’s 180 beats per minute which the composer describes as a “sheer enjoyment of rhythm.” In partnership with Nonclassical, this year we perform world premieres from their four Associate Composers, providing a platform for the emerging voices of new music. TICKETS £11-£33* southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555 *booking fees apply Flora Fontanelli
WATERLOO FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT THURSDAY 18 JUNE | 7.30pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
CARL NIELSEN Clarinet Concerto 27’ FAZIL SAY Symphonic Dances (UK premiere) 24’ LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’ 45’ Guillermo Ramasasa clarinet Karen Kamensek conductor The two, controlled explosions at the beginning of the ‘Eroica’ Symphony sent shockwaves through the 19thcentury music scene. No one before had been as ambitious as Beethoven and this tale of triumph over adversity plays out on a massive, majestic scale. This struggle carries through to Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto where the soloist battles against an assertive snare drum which seems to goad the clarinet in its more reflective, melancholic moments. The uneasy shifting of the music tells of the inner strife of a composer aware of the evernearing end. Fazil Say’s Symphonic Dances transport us to a land where East meets West in a set of dances inspired by the Turkish music of the composer’s homeland. TICKETS £8-£12 waterloofestival.com | 020 7633 9819 Booking opens May 2020.
PORGY AND BESS
TUESDAY 23 JUNE | 7.30pm BARBICAN HALL GEORGE GERSHWIN Girl Crazy Overture 6’ AARON COPLAND Old American Songs (set one) 14’ GEORGE GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess (concert performance) 40’ London Concert Choir Francesca Chiejina soprano Cedric Neal tenor Mark Forkgen conductor Romance and friendship exist in the shadow of darker themes in George Gershwin’s ‘folk opera’, Porgy and Bess, which has occupied a complex spot on the American cultural landscape since its composition. In his radical depiction of black working class life in 1920s South Carolina, Gershwin crafted a trademark blend of jazz and classical music, tinged with blues and gospel influences. This sonic cocktail can also be heard in his 1920s-style musical comedy, Girl Crazy. Pairing streetwise New York swagger with cowboys and broncos, the music transports us to two more quintessentially American worlds. Folk melodies lead the way again in Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, a collection of ballads, children’s tunes and protest songs built on the open, ‘Americansounding’ harmonies that are so evocative of vast rolling landscapes and pioneering spirit. TICKETS £16-£35* barbican.org.uk | 020 7638 8891 *booking fees apply
WATERLOO FESTIVAL: IN HARMONY LAMBETH
THURSDAY 25 JUNE | 7.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
At Southbank Sinfonia, we believe everyone should have the chance to experience the joy of making music with others. This is why we work annually with In Harmony Lambeth, a project founded on a belief in music as a vehicle for social change. Every year our players mentor the young musicians at In Harmony Lambeth, passing on their expertise and top tips, before uniting – in harmony – to form an orchestra en masse in celebration of a shared love of music. Witness the power of their joined forces, and see the life-enriching power of music in action.
In Harmony Lambeth
TICKETS Free waterloofestival.com | 020 7633 9819
RUSH HOUR #8: ITALIA THURSDAY 9 JULY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
SATURDAY 18 - FRIDAY 24 JULY ANGHIARI, ITALY
Simon Over conductor
Simon Over conductor David Corkhill conductor Eugene Lee director/violin Allegri Quartet
We’re bringing a taste of Tuscany to Waterloo at our final Rush Hour Concert before our annual Anghiari Festival. Sit back with a glass of wine in hand and enjoy a preview of the music we’ll be taking to Italy. Further details of this concert and the Anghiari Festival 2020 will be released in the spring. TICKETS Free at southbanksinfonia.co.uk, then give what you can on the night
GARDENS OF ISCHIA
THURSDAY 16 JULY GIARDINI LA MORTELLA, ISCHIA Simon Over conductor Resting just off the coast of Naples, the island of Ischia remains a slice of undiscovered paradise. Today, William Walton’s Mediterranean home and idyllic gardens provide an unforgettable concert venue and continue the composer’s dream for a space for young musicians to flourish. FURTHER INFORMATION lamortella.org | (39) 081-986220
The cobbled streets and charming plazas of the historic Anghiari become our stage as we travel to Italy for our annual Anghiari Festival. Southbank Sinfonia brings a selection of symphonic, chamber, and choral music to be enjoyed under the Tuscan sky and beautifully ornate churches. Further details of the 2020 festival will be released in the spring but you can expect captivating concertos from our fellowship musicians, collaborations with Southbank Sinfonia’s Associate Artists the Allegri Quartet, and a large-scale choral work with the Anghiari Festival Chorus. All this incredible music with a backdrop of stunning views and divine food is not to be missed. TICKETS Find out more at southbanksinfonia.co.uk
BRITISH YOUTH OPERA
THURSDAY 10 - SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER HACKNEY EMPIRE FRANCIS POULENC Les Mamelles de Tirésias GIACOMO PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi Southbank Sinfonia team up with emerging stars of the opera world in a double bill of snappy one-act operas. Packed with eccentricity and irony, Les Mamelles de Tirésias is a whacky take on France’s complex post-war identity. Dances and parodies pepper Poulenc’s truly topsy-turvey score. Puccini’s wickedly witty comedic take on a chunk of Dante’s Divine Comedy features one of opera’s most iconic arias, O mio babbino caro. Our partnership with British Youth Opera sees operatic classics tackled with the fresh interpretation of music’s next generation of stars. TICKETS On sale from late February 2020 | byo.org.uk
ODE TO JOY
THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER | 7.30pm ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE GABRIELA LENA FRANK Pachamama Meets an Ode (UK premiere) 10’ LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 65’ Rebecca Miller conductor The chaos and rage heard early on in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 – reflecting the deaf composer’s frustration at daily life – are shattered in the fourth movement by a choral fantasia; a genre-bending innovation that changed the symphonic art form forever. This mythologised setting of the poem Ode to Joy has come to symbolise the definitive shared values of a united Europe: love, humanitarianism, and togetherness, and holds enduring resonance today. The music of contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank is a thematic neighbour of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9. Born with mixed Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian, and Jewish ancestry, Frank’s compositions, such as Pachamama Meets an Ode, explore multicultural identity, incorporate poetry and native musical styles, and are underpinned by a celebration of unity in diversity. TICKETS £8-£22* sjss.org.uk | 020 7222 1061 Booking opens Summer 2020 | *booking fees apply
Anghiari Festival 2019
KNOXVILLE, SUMMER OF 1915
SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER | 11.30am QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
Programme includes: THEA MUSGRAVE Green 14’ YFAT SOUL ZISSO New Work (world premiere) 5’ SAMUEL BARBER Knoxville, Summer of 1915 15’ IGOR STRAVINSKY Symphony in C 30’ Sian Edwards conductor Chloe Morgan soprano
Includes music from: CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Danse Macabre ANTONIO VIVALDI The Four Seasons MANUEL DE FALLA Ritual Fire Dance Rebecca Tong conductor Come and explore the spooky side of the orchestra with Southbank Sinfonia.
A sinister undercurrent is never far from the surface in Barber’s dreamlike lyric rhapsody. The sepia-toned nostalgia of balmy Tennessee evenings is described from the perspective of a young boy, who will be brought to life by soprano Chloe Morgan, winner of the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award 2019.
Start your weekend with a morning of chills, thrills, and fun as Southbank Sinfonia’s Family Concert turns a darker shade and casts an atmospheric spell around the orchestra. Our musicians will be your guides through the concert, sharing their stories and tricks with the help of big-screen projections.
Stravinsky began composing his Symphony in C whilst receiving treatment for tuberculosis in the same Alpine hospital that his daughter and wife had recently died in. Undeterred by these struggles, Stravinsky produced a symphony with jagged edges, rhythmic tension, and unpredictability that would become his trademark.
In partnership with Nonclassical, this year we perform world premieres from their four Associate Composers, providing a platform for the emerging voices of new music. TICKETS £11-£33* southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555 *booking fees apply
Afterwards, you can meet the musicians and try out their instruments in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer. Concert duration: 45 minutes TICKETS £4 child, £8 adult southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555 *booking fees apply
Family Concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall
An impassioned clash of opposing musical forces sets the stage for Musgrave’s Green. The blazing battle between two contrasting musical ideas explores the conflicts that underpin life, such as between youth and impending age.
SOUTHBANK SINFONIA FAMILY CONCERT
Family Concert supported by:
Daniel Jung, Laura Ware-Heine
MENDELSSOHN’S SCOTTISH SYMPHONY
MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE WA MOZART La Clemenza di Tito Overture 6’ BLASIO KAVUMA New Work (world premiere) 5’ BÉLA BARTÓK Divertimento for String Orchestra 25’ FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’ 40’ Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor With regal flair, trumpets and drums announce the arrival of Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito. Although written in the final year of his life, in ill health and under immense time pressure, Mozart triumphs with an overture fit for an Emperor. Bartók’s Divertimento is music which delights in contrast. Through a series of games between soloists and the full ensemble, a dialogue bounces back and forth in a rally of musical invention. However, a dark shadow hangs over the piece as a divided Europe begins to seep into Bartók’s composition, with this his final work before fleeing Hungary on the eve of it joining the Axis alliance. “I’M GOING TO SCOTLAND”, the enthusiastic Felix Mendelssohn inscribed in capital letters to his friend in London. And when he got there the young composer made note of what he saw not in words, but with music – his notes tracing the majestic Scottish Highlands. In partnership with Nonclassical, this year we perform world premieres from their four Associate Composers, providing a platform for the emerging voices of new music. TICKETS £11-£33* southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555 *booking fees apply
THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER | 7.30pm HALL ONE, KINGS PLACE GRACE WILLIAMS Sea Sketches 10’ RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending 15’ MICHAEL TIPPETT Sellinger’s Round 19’ Thomas Gould director/violin Salt water stained nostalgia calls Grace Williams back to her coastal childhood home in a piece which traces the many moods of the ocean from its calm, flat surface of endless horizons to the unforgiving, relentlessness of stormy seas. Delicate and uncertain, Vaughan Williams’ lark takes flight. Soaring high above fragrant green pastures, we dip and dive along with the solo violin of Thomas Gould in this landmark composition. Michael Tippett weaves the traditional English tune, Sellinger’s Round, around musical samples surveying the rich history of British music from Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne, John Field, and Arthur Sullivan. TICKETS £14.50-£29.50* kingsplace.co.uk | 020 7520 1490 *booking fees apply
“Growing up in the English Lake District, I was constantly surrounded by the sounds of birds and animals and I loved taking my cello outside to play – just like the exquisite song of Vaughan Williams’ skylark in his Lark Ascending.” Sarah Gait, Cello
SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE Featuring: SHARDS QASIM NAQVI Elizabeth Alker presenter André de Ridder conductor Unclassified Live brings you music by visionary composers and performers who refuse to be put in a box. Presenter Elizabeth Alker joins conductor André de Ridder for an evening of music that blurs, and sometimes obliterate boundaries. Vocal group Shards combine voices, synths, and percussion in a celebration of creativity, with every member of the ensemble bringing their distinct musical personality. The result brings a directness to their sound, inviting the listener to hear their minutest details up-close. As a renowned composer for dance, theatre, film, and installation-based art, Qasim Naqvi’s music delves deep into the timbres of analogue synthesizers and orchestral configurations. TICKETS £12-£22* southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555 *booking fees apply
NOSTALGIA IN GREEN
SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER | 3.00pm CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE, CAMBRIDGE GRACE WILLIAMS Sea Sketches 10’ RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending 15’ MICHAEL TIPPETT Sellinger’s Round 19’ JEAN SIBELIUS Valse Triste 7’ JEAN SIBELIUS Scene with Cranes 6’ Thomas Gould director/violin
Programme includes: GUY BARKER Concerto for guitar and orchestra Eugene Pau guitar Guy Barker conductor The EFG London Jazz Festival is renowned for showcasing an eclectic mix of talented musicians.
Salt water stained nostalgia calls Grace Williams back to her coastal childhood home in a piece which traces the many moods of the ocean from its calm, flat surface of endless horizons to the unforgiving, relentlessness of stormy seas.
One of the UK’s landmark musical celebrations, the festival has long been acclaimed for its bold programmes featuring world-class artists and emerging stars, tailored to delight both fans and new audiences alike.
Delicate and uncertain, Vaughan Williams’ lark takes flight. Soaring high above fragrant green pastures, we dip and dive along with the solo violin of Thomas Gould in this landmark composition.
Expect to see a range of heavyweight musical talent from right across the globe, with the festival’s usual mixture of jazz masters flexing their chops, cutting-edge young bands making a stir, international legends with a wealth of fresh new music, and emerging British stars.
The hypnotically beautiful strings of Sibelius’ Scene with Cranes are punctuated by the honking of two clarinets, our pair of cranes flying overhead. This is part of the music that Sibelius wrote for the play Kuolema (Death) with the Valse Triste (Sad Waltz) being the haunting accompaniment to a much darker scene; a dying mother dances for one last time before Death arrives at her door. Michael Tippett weaves the traditional English tune, Sellinger’s Round, around musical samples surveying the rich history of British music from Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne, John Field, and Arthur Sullivan. TICKETS More details to be released in the spring cambridgelive.org.uk/cornex | 01223 357 851
EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Southbank Sinfonia once again teams up with Guy Barker for his unique Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. TICKETS Find out more at efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk
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."
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."
MATTHEW FEATHERSTONE, 2011 PRINCIPAL FLUTE BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES “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.”
Sam Beck-Johnson, 2019 DOUBLE BASS “Southbank Sinfonia pushed all of us out of our comfort zones in one way or another, for me that was manifest in the speed at which programmes were put together - this is also where I found my greatest joy. Playing a classic one week and a modern composition the next was exactly the reason I signed up.”
SOUTHBANK SINFONIA TEAM JANE AINGER Trusts & Foundations Manager
WILLIAM NORRIS Managing Director
CRYSTAL FENG Orchestra Assistant & Music Librarian
SAM OLIVIER Communications Manager
CLAIRE GODDARD Development Director ROBERT GRISBROOK Development Assistant FELIX LO Orchestra Manager MARCUS NORMAN Artist Development Manager
DANIELLE ROBSON Development Manager PETER SMITH Administration Manager KATE WALKER Communications Assistant SARAH WHITSTON Finance Director 33
“Southbank Sinfonia is unique in that it allows young musicians to acquire skills and experiences that are hard to come by anywhere else. It is also unique in that many of its supporters take a close and personal interest in the players and in the events that go on throughout the year. Being able to meet them and feel part of a wider Southbank Sinfonia community was one of the defining experiences of my year in the orchestra, and I am grateful to all those who have supported Southbank Sinfonia, and continue to do so, for helping to make it such a positive experience for so many people.” Hugues Roberts Flute 2019
Our family of supporters are at the heart of everything we do at Southbank Sinfonia. Each year, your generous support gives 33 talented emerging professional musicians access to unparalleled professional development opportunities that help bridge the gap between study and the music profession, and will enable them to flourish as well-rounded musicians and leaders in their professional careers. No contribution is too small, and we cherish each and every individual who supports our programme, whether it’s towards a particular project or our annual Anghiari Festival, through your Friends membership, by connecting us with a company or trust you know well, or by leaving a gift to Southbank Sinfonia in your Will. From open rehearsals to post-concert talks, we look forward to sharing our exciting programme of supporter events with you throughout 2020, allowing you to see first-hand the value of your investment in the young people who really need it. For more information about your Friends membership or to discuss other ways in which you can support, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are tremendously grateful to the following individuals, trusts and foundations, and companies for ”Adopting a Player” and embarking on this 2020 adventure together with the 33 players in the orchestra: Accelerating Experience Ltd The Derrill Allatt Foundation Cercle ABA Andrew and Charmian Chojnicki Lord and Lady Filkin The Guernsey Bursary Consortium The Headley Trust Jenny Hodgson The Kirby Laing Foundation
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: Principal Partner
Barbara Abensur ABRSM The Ambache Charitable Trust Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation Ambrose and Ann Applebe Trust Michael Berman CBE Michael Bichard Jill and Jeremy Bishop Roderic Bullough Busatti Sally Cantello and Bill Grose
Dr Markus Kobler The Leverhulme Trust Sir Charles Mackerras Chair / Tait Memorial Trust The Mactaggart Third Fund Dr Elman Poole / The NZ-UK Link Foundation Victoria Robey Iain and Claire Robinson Joe Ryan The Sargent Charitable Trust
Sir John Cass Foundation James Chen The John S Cohen Foundation Gill and Garf Collins David Coombs Susan Craig Rob Dobson Diana Douglas D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust Monique Durr Huw Evans Diana Eyre The Eyre Family Foundation EN Fisher The Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust Jane and David Gosman Val and Paul Goss Lucille Graham Trust Haverstock Charitable Trust The Derek Hill Foundation Jenny Hodgson Edith Jessup John Lewis Partnership St John’s Waterloo Carys Jones
In Memory of Jane Slowey The Solti Foundation Derek Stubbs The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust Patricia Thomas OBE Dr David Usher The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
Patricia Jordan-Evans Suzanne Lemieux Susan Lloyd Josephine and Michael Likierman Kevin and Suzy Lygo John Magill James and Elizabeth Mann The Marchus Trust Henri Moerel Foundation Tom and Mary Monfries Anne and Peter Niven Parliament Choir PRS Resonate Fund Margaret Rodgers The RK Charitable Trust The RVW Trust Patrick and Susannah Seely Charles and Stella Shee Christine Smedley Anna Sperling The Steel Charitable Trust Duncan Sutherland Mike Taylor Ben and Katie Thomas Peter Thompson
William and Teresa Tilden Professor Peter Toyne CBE The Vox Musica Trust Dr David Usher David Wagner and John Maloney Clare Walker Nicholas Warren and Catherine Graham-Harrison Connie Helyar-Wilkinson The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust John and Julie Williamson Anna Yallop Simon Yates
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