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CONCERT DIARY 2018

PRINCIPAL PARTNER


WELCOME TO SOUTHBANK SINFONIA 2018 As fresh challenge and uncertainty grip the world, we can always find strength in classical music. It’s particularly heartening to witness young musicians uphold a tradition that has lasted centuries. Here at Southbank Sinfonia, we annually welcome a fellowship of 33 outstanding graduate players to embark on a year of discoveries. Following their progress, hearing them master their craft, seeing them shed their inhibitions, and sharing their wonder, you find yourself reminded of what truly matters in the world. If you’re seeking hope for the future, you’ll find it in abundance right here. Alongside the players, we witness music’s power to span centuries and bridge frontiers. This is evident as they delve with equal relish into music freshly written and over 300 years old, and everything in between. It’s equally apparent in the orchestra themselves who join us from all over the world, united in their appetite to achieve something miraculous as a team. In the same spirit, we are proud to bring music from afar – it is my particular privilege for us to give the first UK performances of a powerful oratorio from New Zealand – and also to take the orchestra on journeys, including our annual summer pilgrimage to Italy and our first ever visit to Berlin, one of the great classical capitals. We hope you will join us on our adventures. We are tremendously grateful to our friends and supporters for your treasured company and all your support: you continually inspire us to perform to our very best.

SIMON OVER MUSIC DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR 2


Greg Hearle / Hanna Tracz

RECOMMENDED MUSIC

CORINNA BOYLAN CELLO THEA MUSGRAVE The Seasons Thursday 8 March

TAYLOR MACLENNAN FLUTE RAMEAU Suite from Zoroastre Thursday 12 April

YSEULT COOPER STOCKDALE CELLO ANNA MEREDITH Varmints Saturday 28 April

"As a New Yorker, I’m so eager to play The Seasons. I feel an especially personal connection to the clash Musgrave implies: how do we redefine ourselves, our values and our passions in a completely new environment?"

"I'm excited to be working alongside some of the country's leading Baroque music specialists, especially on the ornate and dramatic music of the revolutionary French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau."

"Anna's music is so exciting, unique and the epitome of cool. I can't wait to really let loose on stage, combining orchestra, band and electronics."

ANNABEL DRUMMOND VIOLIN VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending Wednesday 13 June “The magic of The Lark Ascending is in the long, lyrical lines and pastoral charm; Vaughan Williams invokes George Meredith's words in a simple yet warm way.”

HELENA JACKLIN HORN RAVEL Mother Goose Suite Thursday 27 September "I just love this piece. It's beautiful, quirky and makes me feel really good whenever I hear it. To perform it will be a highlight of my year."

RONALD LONG VIOLIN MOZART Symphony No.35 'Haffner' Thursday 4 October “Playing the 'Haffner' symphony is like taking a nice long bath: you feel so clean and refreshed afterwards. It always amazes me how Mozart's melodies warm the heart."

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AN ORCHESTRA LIKE NO OTHER: SOUTHBANK SINFONIA FELLOWSHIP Think of 33 comets blazing through the sky, all set to converge in one vibrant constellation. This happens every year at Southbank Sinfonia as we welcome 33 exceptional graduate musicians from all over the world to form a new orchestra.

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2017 musicians in a #ConcertLab workshop

Together they embark on our renowned annual fellowship, eager to gain crucial orchestral experience and the skills that 21st century musicians need to thrive. They learn from the best, as we welcome guest artists both centre-stage and behind-the-scenes to help them unlock their potential, but they also learn from each other. Every new cohort at Southbank Sinfonia has its own personality, meaning their take on even the most familiar repertoire always feels distinctly fresh. Also, every new year brings brand new collaborations and opportunities for them to make their distinct mark. As a result, no two years here are the same. If you thought you knew Southbank Sinfonia, think again. Along the way, we strive to help each player as individuals as well as a team, addressing personal goals to ensure they become strong, confident, versatile artists and role-models in their own right. So they can devote themselves fully to the experience, every place on the fellowship is free and every player receives a bursary. Making this possible is a family of supporters – trusts, organisations and individuals like you – who, like us, want to help young musicians to thrive, and relish following their blazing trail. Find out more on page 34.

“The last 10 months with Southbank Sinfonia have been a truly life-changing experience both personally and professionally. The combination of expert input and the sheer amount of repertoire that we have covered has made me confident to tackle any musical situation I may face.” REBECCA ELDRIDGE 2017 BASSOON


MUSICALITY

INNOVATION

LEADERSHIP

INDIVIDUALITY

Symphonies to string quartets, Baroque to brand new compositions: our players chart the entire map of orchestral and chamber music. An intensive residency at the start of the programme helps them bond artistically and set the tempo for the year. Switching seats in each section, and taking charge themselves in chamber music, they become fluent in an array of roles. Coaching year-round courtesy of the Orchestra of Royal Opera House, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and other great artists brings them the very best insights and expertise from the professional frontline.

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 a great tradition keeps renewing this way. In 2018, our players will premiere major new works, collaborating with the composers themselves. They will champion female composers more than any other British orchestra this year. In our groundbreaking #ConcertLab, they will present their craft in striking new ways. Bringing our renowned Family Concerts to the newly-restored Queen Elizabeth Hall, they will inspire young minds both live from the stage and in digital projections.

With their bright, 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, giving them a palpable sense of the rewards that come from working hard and following your dreams. The players learn the ropes themselves from the most inventive practitioners, putting their skills to work in a range of schools and our thriving partnership with In Harmony Lambeth. It’s thrilling in such initiatives to witness our players passing on all they have learned themselves.

In an orchestra this size, everyone has a voice. We strive to nurture that, working collectively and individually with every player to boost their confidence and become strong communicators who speak from the heart. You will see them introduce our Rush Hour concerts, create captivating videos and blogs online, and take the lead, presenting our Family Concerts and educational projects entirely themselves. We’re the only orchestra in Britain to have an Artist Development Manager who meets regularly with each player to help them define personal objectives, addressing what challenges they want to overcome and plotting their next steps. 5


COLLABORATIONS ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

Performing for opera and dance requires strikingly different skills from concerts, so who better to learn from than the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House? In workshops backstage at Covent Garden, they play alongside Southbank Sinfonia, and provide year-round coaching and mock auditions. We also welcome the Royal Opera’s sensational Jette Parker Young Artists, past and present, for exhilarating collaborations – this year, look out for mezzo Justina Gringytė, soprano Anush Hovhannisyan and conductor James Hendry.

There’s nothing like playing without a conductor to keep an orchestra on its toes, recognising their full responsibility for shaping and driving the music forward. Our annual collaboration with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields – world leaders in this art – puts the power into our players’ hands, granting them a set of ensemble skills to call upon for life. This long-standing partnership has led a handful of Southbank Sinfonia players to join the Academy itself, including both their principal clarinet James Burke and subprincipal clarinet Tom Lessels.

Rush Hour #5 (15 March) Rush Hour #10 (17 May) Waterloo Festival (21 June)

ALLEGRI QUARTET

IN HARMONY LAMBETH

An orchestra, like a Swiss watch, is a precision device comprising multiple components with intricate roles to fulfil. Sometimes we take the machine apart, giving the players the chance in chamber music to finely tune the interplay that drives the orchestral ensemble. Among a number of guest artists who help them do that is the exhilarating Allegri Quartet whose razor-sharp performances always feel symphonic. As well as coaching chamber rehearsals through the year, they join us on the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage and at the Anghiari Festival.

Nobody becomes a great musician without great encouragement. Whilst receiving it from their professional counterparts, our players take their turn to invest this in others, particularly those taking their first musical steps in our neighbourhood on the Southbank. Central to a range of encounters with the community is our association with In Harmony Lambeth. Based on the celebrated Venezuelan model, it aims to raise the aspirations of young people by making music daily. Regular coaching from Southbank Sinfonia not only boosts our own players’ confidence as leaders, it offers the participants young role-models to whom they can directly relate.

Queen Elizabeth Hall (13 June) Anghiari Festival (21 - 27 July)

Rush Hour #9 (3 May)

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Side-by-side with In Harmony Lambeth, 2017

The Allegri Quartet at the Anghiari Festival, 2017

Side-by-side with Academy players, 2017

Collaborating with Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists, 2017

Waterloo Festival (22 June)


NATIONAL THEATRE

ACCLAIM FOR AMADEUS:

Two years ago, the National Theatre told us they were planning to revive Peter Shaffer’s classic play Amadeus. Their ambition was to put a live orchestra at its heart, fusing theatrical and classical performance like never before. All they needed was an intrepid, foolhardy troupe of musicians up for anything. Now, our internationallyacclaimed production returns to the National after its first sell-out run and a live worldwide cinema broadcast. You have till April to witness Southbank Sinfonia’s players storm the stage.

“Southbank Sinfonia are integrated into the world of the play to stunning effect”

Amadeus, Olivier Theatre (until 24 April) BOOKING nationaltheatre.org.uk | 020 7452 3000

The Independent ★★★★★

"We see, live, the transformation of raw notes on a page into sounds that can fill the eyes with tears" The Financial Times ★★★★★

"Southbank Sinfonia flit about the Olivier’s cavernous stage like spectres or spirits, their fragmented renderings of Mozart’s oeuvre almost like physicalised hauntings" "The perpetually in-motion Sinfonia members weave themselves among and through the onstage action, adding grandeur and gravitas to Shaffer’s words" Credit: Marc Brenner

The Evening Standard ★★★★

Amadeus

Credit: Marc Brenner

Salieri (Lucian Msamati) and Southbank Sinfonia, Amadeus

The Telegraph ★★★★★

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MEET THE 2018 PLAYERS BEATRIZ CARBONELL Violin

ANNABEL DRUMMOND Violin GIACOMO BANELLA Bass

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RONALD LONG Violin

SUE IN KANG Violin

JANE KIM Violin TAYLOR MACLENNAN Flute

KEVIN SCHMIDT Bass

ANA POPESCU-DEUTSCH Violin

ISOBEL SCOTT Violin

USMAN PEGUERO Violin LAURA CAMPBELL Oboe

SILVIJA ŠČERBAVIČIŪTĖ Flute

ADÉLA ŠEVČÍKOVÁ Violin

CHARLIE DALE-HARRIS Clarinet

REBECCA WATT Oboe

GREG HEARLE Clarinet


LILY ROGERS Viola

ANNA BARSEGJANA Viola

HANNA TRACZ Violin

MATT JOHNSTONE Viola

ANA DOCOLIN Bassoon

HELENA JACKLIN Horn

CORINNA BOYLAN Cello

SAM WATKIN Viola

DAVID RÃ…BERG-SCHRELLO Cello

YSEULT COOPER STOCKDALE Cello

CAMERON JOHNSON Trumpet

IDLIR SHYTI Cello

STEFAN BECKETT Percussion SIMON OVER Music Director and Principal Conductor REBECCA MILLER Associate Conductor EUGENE LEE Associate Leader ALLEGRI QUARTET Associate Artists LOTTE BETTS-DEAN Associate Artist DAVID CORKHILL Assistant Conductor

IZABELA MUSIAL Bassoon

SARAH JOHNSON Horn

MATT RAINSFORD Trumpet

Find out more about our musicians at southbanksinfonia.co.uk


FREE RUSH HOUR CONCERTS Escape to a forest. Plunge into a battle. Feel the energy of the party. Adventures of every description await in our free, bite-sized concerts at St John's Waterloo this year. Each performance offers something new: an epic symphony one week, absorbing chamber music the next, leaping through centuries of turbulent drama and hearfelt emotion. There's also the return of #ConcertLab, experimenting with new approaches to classical concerts. We're thrilled to welcome a host of internationally acclaimed guest artists throughout the year. Gábor Takács-Nagy, known for the energy of his performances, makes his Southbank Sinfonia debut in October, while pianist Ivana Gavrić performs the world premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad's piano concerto in June. Jessica Cottis, this year also making her debut with the LA Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, makes a welcome return in March, as do unconducted specialists the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in May. Whether you're intrigued to try classical music for the first time or a concert-going regular, we guarantee you'll find something new alongside the players themselves.

6.00pm on Thursdays throughout the year.

#3: ILLUMINATE Torke / Beethoven | 1 March #4: SEASONS Weir / Whitley / Musgrave | 8 March #5: ROMANTICS Schumann | 15 March #6: BAROQUE Purcell / Corelli / Bach / Rameau | 12 April #7: COLLIDER 19 April #8: BLINDFOLD 26 April #9: IGNITION Mendelssohn / Mendelssohn | 3 May #10: GAIA Mahler / Williams / Berg | 17 May #11: PREMIERE Haydn / Sibelius / Frances-Hoad | 7 June

FINDING ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

#12: ANTEPRIMA A preview of the Anghiari Festival | 12 July #13: ATMOSPHERES Howard / Ravel | 27 September | 9.00pm #14: PULSE Mozart / Haydn | 4 October

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

#1: BEGINNINGS Brahms / Smyth | 8 February

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St John’s Waterloo


#ConcertLab Step into our musical laboratory and explore the future. To thrive as it should, classical music needs to be daring. Where other artforms have embraced change and unlocked whole worlds of opportunity, a typical concert experience today remains the same as 200 years ago. What are we missing out on? #ConcertLab returns in 2018 to ask more questions of classical music's presentation, experimenting with lighting, layout and our very senses to bring fresh resonance to orchestral performance. In concerts at St John's Waterloo, plus an encounter in the pioneering Bridge Theatre, #ConcertLab harnesses the ideas of young orchestral musicians and combines them with the imagination, philosophy and technologies that fuel the greatest art of today.

Free tickets New for 2018, we recommend you book a free ticket for #ConcertLab events to guarantee entry. Visit our website to book online and have your tickets emailed to you, or call us on 020 7921 0370.

“Most exciting thing last night? Brilliant #ConcertLab - spine tingles galore!” @matt_parkin 1 March Beethoven’s symphonies blaze, but could theatrical lighting increase this intensity? 6 April (Bridge Theatre) A wholly new encounter between artists and audience, as the public sits among the players and a cohort of actors weaves freely among them. 19 April We create an arena in which classical music from all eras collides, creating thrillingly unexpected fusions. 26 April How do our senses impact upon the way we experience music? Listen to an orchestra anew, stepping into the performance blindfolded. 27 September All music tells a story. Modern theatre calls upon projection to dramatic effect: what role could it play in concerts? 1 November Step into a concert venue where the setting feeds off the rhythm-driven energy of the music. #ConcertLab supported by: 11


FREE

RUSH HOUR #1: BEGINNINGS

£10£20

THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY | 2.00pm ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE

BRAHMS Serenade No.1 SMYTH Serenade Simon Over conductor

Terry Davis conductor Two animated films based on the much-loved rhymes by Roald Dahl serve classic fairy tales with a mischievous twist, here performed with live orchestral accompaniment.

All journeys have a beginning. For Johannes Brahms and Ethel Smyth, it was Serenades that marked their first orchestral steps. Akin to full-blown symphonies, they are works rich in melody, turbulent in emotion, and ever-hungry to explore new musical directions.

Snow White takes on the might of the wicked Queen, while Red Riding Hood is called home to deal with a pair of hungry wolves. Elsewhere, Cindy goes to the ball just as her neighbour Jack finds himself distracted by a giant beanstalk at the bottom of his garden. The animations feature a star-studded cast including Tamsin Greig, Dominic West, Rob Brydon and David Walliams. Part of Imagine Children’s Festival

Credit: Magic Light Pictures

BOOKING southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555

Revolting Rhymes

Simon Over

Izabela Musial

Written under the spell of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, the young Brahms pays respect to the great classical traditions whilst also making his own defiant symphonic statement of intent. In turn, echoes of Brahms nestle within Smyth’s distinctive voice. At times her Serenade is almost chamber-like in its delicacy, but great eruptions of brass and orchestral drama wait around every corner.

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REVOLTING RHYMES


FREE

RUSH HOUR #2: PRODIGIES

FREE

THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

RUSH HOUR #3: ILLUMINATE

THURSDAY 1 MARCH | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

CARREÑO Two movements from Serenade for String Orchestra MOZART Bassoon Concerto STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite Natalia Luis-Bassa conductor Izabela Musial bassoon

MICHAEL TORKE Ash BEETHOVEN Symphony No.4 Jonathan Bloxham conductor There’s a war brewing. Simmering throughout Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is a conflict between the building blocks of music: on the one hand, lyricism and melody; on the other, incisive rhythms, razor-sharp accents and syncopation. Matching each other blow for blow, they compete for supremacy right up until the final movement. Exploring how lighting might illuminate not only musicians onstage but the inner-workings of a symphony too, we leap from the shadows into a maze of dazzling contrasts.

Both Teresa Carreño and Mozart were composing music before the age of six, child prodigies buzzing with ideas and talent. Carreño went on to gain fame as a virtuoso pianist, but also wrote music of deeply personal, poetic eloquence like her Serenade. A young Mozart, meanwhile, mixes songlike melodies with whimsical chortles in his Bassoon Concerto. For Stravinsky, it was dance that propelled his imagination. Movement drives every rhythm of Pulcinella, its tale of romance, peril and comedic revenge delving into music’s backcatalogue and coming out brimming with life.

Alongside this, Ash takes Beethoven’s surging rhythms and forges them into a new, thrillingly jagged entity, as though a symphony is being viewed through a shattered mirror.

David Råberg-Schrello

Jonathan Bloxham

Natalia Luis-Bassa

#ConcertLab | Book free tickets online

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FEMALE COMPOSERS Can orchestral music keep pace with the trends and issues of modern life? In the last 12 months, the world has woken up to women’s rights, from astonishing global marches to the outspoken ‘silence breakers’ to female protagonists finally taking charge of Star Wars and Doctor Who. Flip through most orchestral schedules and you’ll only find music by men. We’ve decided it’s time for a change. History may have done a remarkable job of marginalising them but, over the centuries, forthright and thrilling female composers have written music that demands to be heard anew. Duly, we are proud to programme at least 20 female composers this year, hopefully setting a new benchmark for British orchestras. This is no token festival. Let’s make this the ‘new normal’. Beyond those who you’ll see featured in our Free Rush Hour Concert series, plans are already set to include works in July’s Anghiari Festival by composers whose names you deserve to know like Elfrida Andree, Cecilia MacDowall and Florence Price.

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ELFRIDA ANDRÉE ANGHIARI FESTIVAL

GRAŻYNA BACEWICZ 20 APRIL

TARESA CARREÑO 22 FEBRUARY

LOUISE FARRENC 27 MARCH

RUTH GIPPS 20 APRIL

AUGUSTA HOLMÈS 2 JUNE

DANI HOWARD 27 SEPTEMBER

DOROTHY HOWELL 2 JULY

ELIZABETH MACONCHY 20 APRIL

CECILIA MCDOWALL ANGHIARI FESTIVAL

FANNY MENDELSSOHN 3 MAY

ANNA MEREDITH 28 APRIL

JESSIE MONTGOMERY 13 JUNE

THEA MUSGRAVE 8 MARCH

FLORENCE PRICE ANGHIARI FESTIVAL

ETHEL SMYTH 8 FEBRUARY

DOBRINKA TABAKOVA 20 APRIL

JUDITH WEIR 8 MARCH

KATE WHITLEY 8 MARCH

GRACE WILLIAMS 17 MAY


RUSH HOUR #4: SEASONS

FREE

THURSDAY 8 MARCH | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

RUSH HOUR #5: ROMANTICS

THURSDAY 15 MARCH | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

JUDITH WEIR Winter Song KATE WHITLEY Autumn Songs THEA MUSGRAVE The Seasons Jessica Cottis conductor

BERLIOZ Cléopâtre SCHUMANN Symphony No.3 'Rhenish' Jonathan Berman conductor Justina Gringytė mezzo-soprano

Walking around New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and more began conjuring the sounds of seasons in Thea Musgrave’s mind. A violent autumnal storm gives way to a frozen wintry wasteland; as the snow melts a dawn chorus heralds a resurgent nature, followed by a summer of celebration.

Schumann once wrote, admiringly, that Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique was ‘written with drops of blood’. Both composers were ardent Romantics, eager to transplant their very souls into music. Both were entranced by all Beethoven had achieved whilst eager to prove themselves and outstep his shadow. You sense this in these works.

Every musician becomes a soloist in Winter Song and Autumn Songs, Judith Weir’s chain of melodies inspired by the prospect of better times ahead and Kate Whitley’s 12 string voices drifting across each other’s paths in a constantly evolving mosaic.

One hears young Berlioz’s own longing for recognition in Cleopatra’s appeal to the Gods for exaltation. Schumann embarks on his own pastoral symphony, all the while seeking to detour from the path first trodden by Beethoven.

Credit: George Garnier

Ana Popescu-Deutsch

Supported by PRS Foundation’s Resonate Programme:

Jonathan Berman

FREE

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£5£10

SIDE-BY-SIDE: CARDINAL VAUGHAN

£5£10

TUESDAY 27 MARCH | 7.30pm ST PAUL’S CHURCH, HAMMERSMITH

FRIDAY 6 APRIL | 1.00pm BRIDGE THEATRE, LONDON

FARRENC Overture No.1 DVOŘÁK Mass in D TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4

SCHUMANN Symphony No.3 'Rhenish' Jonathan Berman conductor For the first time, witness the theatrical magic of an entire orchestra at London's acclaimed new theatre. Experience a symphony from within, sitting amongst the players at the very heart of the drama.

with students from the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Lee Reynolds conductor Scott Price conductor

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BOOKING Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School | 020 7605 0046

Inspired by the composer’s journeys up the Rhine, Schumann's Third Symphony casts you through ravishing musical landscapes, one moment sun-dappled, the next shrouded by storms. Among the musicians, actors will voice the Romantic poets and dreamers who, like Schumann, longed to find harmony in nature. This concert can be complemented with lunch in The Bridge’s bar, either before or after the performance.

#ConcertLab BOOKING bridgetheatre.co.uk | 0843 208 1846

Bridge Theatre, London

Taylor MacLennan

A feuding dialogue between our dreams and reality sits deep within all of us. Tchaikovsky was no different; his Fourth Symphony’s stark and oppressive opening presenting a world of private troubles to be overcome. From turbulent skirmishes, the music culminates with a call to go out among the people for inspiration – but do their voices help or hinder? Meanwhile, Dvořák’s lyrical mass reflects his love of nature, capturing hints of the landscape that surrounded him while composing. We join the remarkable students of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School - annually mentored by their Southbank Sinfonia counterparts - to create an orchestra of symphonic proportions. The school’s acclaimed choir have toured worldwide and featured on the Oscar-winning score for Life of Pi.

BRIDGE THEATRE: JOURNEY


RUSH HOUR #6: BAROQUE

FREE

THURSDAY 12 APRIL | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

THURSDAY 19 APRIL | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

PURCELL King Arthur Suite CORELLI Concerto grosso Op.6 No.9 BACH Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor RAMEAU Suite from Zoroastre Adrian Butterfield director Julian Perkins harpsichord

In physics, when particles collide amazing and often unexpected things happen. New discoveries are made, and science boldly strides to new frontiers. Imagine the same possibility in classical music, as chamber works from all eras and styles meet in quick succession. In the spirit of Later… with Jools Holland, ensembles will circle an arena in which Irish reels respond to high-octane industrial rhythms, 20th century Elizabethan variations meet re-imagined Mozart, and Baroque elegance collides with the anarchy of a rock 'n' roll icon reincarnated.

Donning gut strings and authentic period bows, our orchestral time-machine transports us back to an era of emotional exuberance, artistic grandeur and rebellious spirits pushing rules to their limits. Purcell writes of battles between King Arthur’s Britons and the Saxons, while Corelli’s Concerto grosso provides snapshots of Italian fashion. From France, Rameau showcases the dances of the day, and Bach at his most lyrical pitches two contrasting personalities in conversation.

As we remove boundaries between performers and audience, throw away the chamber music rule book and be a part of the fusion. #ConcertLab | Book free tickets online

LONDON HANDEL FESTIVAL

FRIDAY 13 APRIL | 7.30pm ST GEORGE’S, HANOVER SQUARE

Repertoire as 12 April, plus: HANDEL Dettingen Te Deum Adrian Butterfield director Julian Perkins harpsichord Vox Musica | Michael Berman director BOOKING london-handel-festival.com

#ConcertLab chamber music, 2017

£15

RUSH HOUR #7: COLLIDER

Laura Campbell

FREE

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ST CLEMENT DANES AT LUNCH

FREE

THURSDAY 26 APRIL | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

FRIDAY 20 APRIL | 1.10pm ST CLEMENT DANES, LONDON

Rebecca Miller conductor

BACEWICZ Quartet for Four Violins GIPPS Seascape MACONCHY String Quartet No.13 DOBRINKA TABAKOVA On Colour

Darkness. Musicians surround you, their sound stereophonically immersive. Music envelops everything, your heightened hearing sensitive to new details, orchestral voices and meanings. This experiential #ConcertLab challenges you to listen. Entering the performance blindfolded, anything could happen in the following hour. Sit and allow music both familiar and less so to swirl around you, the unseen ensemble free to challenge your senses. You may never hear classical music the same way again. #ConcertLab | Book free tickets online

Credit: Richard Haughton

Places will be limited, so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Rebecca Miller

Credit: David Iliff

St Clement Danes

‘On Colour’ could be an apt title for this entire concert, in which varying chamber ensembles reflect many different shades of the last 70 years. All four composers should be better known: Bacewicz never committed an idle note to paper, and Four Violins makes for a quartet of leaders, all eager to shine. Equally arresting is Maconchy’s final quartet which, in its short span, distils a lifelong fascination with the form. Changing tides flow through Tabakova and Gipps’ miniatures, each a tiny kaleidoscope full of swirling instrumental colours.

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RUSH HOUR #8: BLINDFOLD

Adéla Ševčíková / Ana Docolin

FREE


£15£20

ANNA MEREDITH: VARMINTS

FREE

SATURDAY 28 APRIL | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE

RUSH HOUR #9: IGNITION

THURSDAY 3 MAY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

FANNY MENDELSSOHN Overture FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.1 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

ANNA MEREDITH Varmints Simon Dobson conductor with Anna Meredith and her band

“This child is really something special” said the teacher of both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, but it was to Fanny that he was referring. Huge obstacles were placed in the path of her composing career, but pieces like the Overture shine with extravagant invention and showcase a talent cruelly curtailed.

From its punchy opening brass fanfare to the sweet headiness of airy synths and vocals, Anna Meredith brings her debut studio album Varmints to the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall. Classical meets electronica and art pop in music that surprises you into hearing instruments anew. Now, fresh orchestrations see Southbank Sinfonia join Anna and her band for a live performance of an album that "avoids genre limitations by reinventing them" (Line of Best Fit).

Nothing held Felix back. In his First Symphony we plunge straight into a frenetic, fiery opening, deep inside the mind of a riotous teenager impatient to shake things up… Leading the way are the musicians of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, an ensemble world-renowned for their unconducted performances.

BOOKING southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555

Robert Salter, Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Credit: Mark Kean

Anna Meredith

Supported by our Obbligato Friends

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£4£8

SOUTHBANK SINFONIA FAMILY CONCERT

SATURDAY 12 MAY | 11.30am QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Includes music by LIGETI, BARTÓK and MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Leo Geyer conductor Where can you get ideas for writing music? There’s a whole world of inspiration out there! For György Ligeti, a composer whose music is jam-packed with tricks, mischief and wonder, it was books, the music he grew up with, and even the buildings he walked past each day. But most important of all was his boundless imagination...

In the concert, specially-made videos and projections provide an up-close insight into the music being played. Afterwards, you can meet the musicians and try out their instruments. Ideal for children aged 5 - 11 Part of Ligeti in Wonderland BOOKING southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555

Supported by:

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Beatriz Carbonell / Stefan Beckett / Sarah Johnson

Embark on an adventure of endless opportunities, exploring the music of Ligeti plus magical pieces by his famous teachers and students.


MAYFIELD FESTIVAL

FREE

SUNDAY 13 MAY | 7.30pm ST DUNSTAN’S CHURCH, MAYFIELD

THURSDAY 17 MAY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

POULENC Gloria SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No.3 ‘Organ’ Simon Over conductor Mayfield Festival Choir

MAHLER Blumine WILLIAMS Sea Sketches BERG Seven Early Songs Maxime Tortelier conductor Anush Hovhannisyan soprano

For sheer exhilaration, few sounds in the world can compete with Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony. A journey of constant metamorphosis builds to majestic celebration, fuelled by the meeting of orchestra and the unadulterated power of an organ.

Nature has proven a beacon of inspiration for generations of artists. Mahler spent his early years exploring the fields and forests around his Czech hometown; the yearning Blumine takes us there with music of tranquil beauty. Grace Williams’ Sea Sketches portray the many moods of waters off the Glamorganshire coast, sometimes stormily animated, sometimes eerily still. An atmosphere of surreal dreaminess emanates from Seven Early Songs based on poems about the call of a nightingale, the scent of roses, and golden autumn sunlight, sung by BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist Anush Hovhannisyan.

Poulenc similarly harnesses the force of a full chorus, pairing it with exquisite orchestral writing in his Gloria.

Credit: Robert Koloyan

Credit: M.A & G.S. Linton

Anush Hovhannisyan

BOOKING Opens 19 February | mayfieldfestival.co.uk

St Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield

RUSH HOUR #10: GAIA

Matt Rainsford

£15 £30

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FREE

REMEMBRANCE SATURDAY 2 JUNE | 7.30pm SHELDONIAN THEATRE, OXFORD VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending HOLMÈS La nuit et l’amour RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin ANTHONY RITCHIE Gallipoli to the Somme

(European premiere)

Simon Over conductor Annabel Drummond violin Anna Leese soprano | Jon Stainsby baritone City Choir Dunedin (New Zealand) The Parliament Choir

Matt Johnstone

Even in the darkest hours, music endures. You could scarcely believe that a hundred years ago, in the same decade Europe was ravaged by the Great War, Vaughan Williams and Ravel wrote such cloudless masterworks. To find a way forward through such testing times, both composers drew upon earlier musical hallmarks, symbols of what once made mankind good, and would again.

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A hundred years on, New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie in turn echoes the evergreen sounds of Vaughan Williams. His powerful oratorio tells the story of everyday people striving to retain hope and dignity as the First World War shattered their humanity. Having given its world premiere in New Zealand, Simon Over is thrilled to bring this heartfelt musical commemoration to our first concert at Oxford’s own enduring jewel of a venue. Book free tickets via southbanksinfonia.co.uk


RUSH HOUR #11: PREMIERE THURSDAY 7 JUNE | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

Sibelius’ storytelling takes a different, but equally arresting, approach. His music for the stage conjures starlit skies, exotic processions and wistful solitude, drawing on folk music from earlier eras.

Tyro Brahe’s thesis on the Great Comet of 1577 has provoked her imagination in the same way as a Commodore 64, the poetry of Ted Hughes or the songs of The Prodigy. For Between the Skies, the River and the Hills, it was the Nobel Prize-winning writing of Ivo Andrić in The Bridge on the Drina, coupled with the folk music of Bosnia: the birthplace of soloist Ivana Gavrić. From opera, ballet and concerto to song, chamber and solo music, Cheryl’s work has been performed worldwide to rave reviews.

Credit: Brant Tilds

A composer whose ideas and voice transcend eras, Cheryl’s music is inspired by a fascinating mixture of literature, paintings, dance and pop culture.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

An orchestra is a potent narrator, its voice weaving stories and setting scenes in a way that words just can’t. Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new piano concerto takes us to Bosnia and a bridge over the river Drina which stood as a silent witness to four centuries of turbulent history. At the music’s heart sit the lives, relations and destinies of the locals, their tales infused with native folk music. Between the Skies, the River and the Hills also pays homage to Haydn’s Piano Concerto No.11 and its bounding final movement, fuelled by a Croatian folk tune.

CHERYL FRANCES-HOAD

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HAYDN Piano Concerto No.11 SIBELIUS Suite from Belshazzar’s Feast CHERYL FRANCES-HOAD Between the Skies, the River and the Hills (World premiere) Karin Hendrickson conductor Ivana Gavrić piano

Ivana Gavrić

FREE

“A voice overflowing not only with ideas, but also with the discipline and artistry necessary to harness them” The Scotsman

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£15 £30

GALLIPOLI TO THE SOMME

£8 £12

WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE | 7.30pm QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE

THURSDAY 21 JUNE | 8.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending JESSIE MONTGOMERY Banner VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis ANTHONY RITCHIE Gallipoli to the Somme Simon Over conductor Annabel Drummond violin Allegri Quartet Anna Leese soprano | Jon Stainsby baritone City Choir Dunedin (New Zealand) The Parliament Choir

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 James Hendry conductor Epiphoni Consort chorus Anthem of hope, unity and – since 1972 – Europe, Beethoven’s final symphony propels a remarkable transformation from solitude to inclusivity, and silence to glorious harmony. His was a vision of how humanity together could overcome any adversity. From the most unnerving of silences erupts a symphony of personal turmoil, until music summons a chorus and with it a multitude of voices to sing in unity, stronger as one.

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BOOKING Opens in May stjohnswaterloo.org | 020 7633 9819

Credit: Roger Way

BOOKING southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555

James Hendry, Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist, is a conductor fast gaining acclaim for his electrifying performances.

James Hendry

Corinna Boylan

Sometimes the simplest music can be the most powerful. From a lone violin line and a plaintive melody of centuries before, Vaughan Williams spins gold in his two most-loved masterpieces. A century later, the young New York composer Jessie Montgomery makes her own mark with the same string forces as the Tallis Fantasia, echoing another age-old melody in a new light. Celebrating the unsung heroes of the Great War, Anthony Ritchie likewise harks back to humble idioms. His exquisite oratorio resounds with the music of everyday folk, including carols and ballads sung in the trenches. Here too a solo violin abounds, depicting a fabled New Zealand soldier who took his instrument to the frontline.

WATERLOO FESTIVAL: GALA


FREE

WATERLOO FESTIVAL: IN HARMONY

FREE

DISCOVER DOROTHY HOWELL

FRIDAY 22 JUNE | 7.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

MONDAY 2 JULY | 2.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

Whenever musicians meet, exciting things happen: ideas are exchanged, a creative fuse is lit and energy is unleashed. Never is this more visible than when the intrepid young people of In Harmony Lambeth perform side-by-side with Southbank Sinfonia.

Rebecca Miller conductor

This hour-long showcase marks the culmination of weeks of coaching and collaboration, as our players lead their young counterparts into a startling variety of music. At the heart of the encounter sits Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony, buzzing with adventure and limitless possibilities.

Few modern composers capture the national imagination quite like Adele or Ed Sheeran. But 99 years ago, a young graduate of the Royal Academy of Music did just that. Dorothy Howell’s tone poem Lamia so dazzled Sir Henry Wood that he programmed it not once but five times in the 1919 Proms season. It was then heard in five more seasons the following decade. Howell made the headlines, was hailed as ‘the English Strauss’, and found herself pursued by paparazzi. She went on to write 130 compositions. Like us, you’ve probably never heard a note of her music. We plan to change that. In a dedicated study day, we will bring back to life some of her finest works. We warmly welcome you to join us and hear the music of a longforgotten national treasure.

2.30 – 5.30pm Spend the afternoon with us, as Rebecca and the orchestra delve into several of Howell’s fascinating scores. Supported by #ABOSirens and the RVW Trust

Silvija Ščerbavičiūtė

Side-by-side with In Harmony Lambeth

2.00 – 2.30pm Conductor Rebecca Miller and historian Dr Kate Kennedy talk about Dorothy Howell’s remarkable life and legacy.

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FREE

RUSH HOUR #12: ANTEPRIMA

THURSDAY 12 JULY | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

Simon Over conductor A sprinkling of Tuscan magic comes to London as we preview a selection of the music featuring at this year’s Anghiari Festival. Visit the Southbank Sinfonia website nearer the time as we reveal the full festival programme, and the highlights chosen for this Rush Hour.

GARDENS OF ISCHIA

THURSDAY 19 JULY GIARDINI LA MORTELLA, ISCHIA

Simon Over conductor Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo-soprano With a breathtaking backdrop of the Mediterranean, the Greek Theatre within William Walton’s idyllic gardens provides an unforgettable concert venue. Walton hoped that La Mortella would always remain as a space for young musicians to flourish, and we're proud to return to one of our favourite places to perform. FURTHER INFORMATION lamortella.org | (39) 081-986220

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YOUNG EURO CLASSIC FESTIVAL

ANGHIARI FESTIVAL

WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST KONZERTHAUS, BERLIN

SATURDAY 21 - FRIDAY 27 JULY ANGHIARI, TUSCANY

Simon Over conductor David Corkhill conductor Allegri Quartet

Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo-soprano Vox Musica Anghiari Festival Chorus

The historic hill-town of Anghiari, with its stunning panoramic views over the Tiber valley, provides the perfect home for one of Europe’s most exciting classical music festivals. Amidst its winding streets and charming piazzas, Southbank Sinfonia brings a selection of symphonic, chamber and choral music to be enjoyed under the Tuscan sky and in beautifully ornate churches.

concertos, collaborations with Southbank Sinfonia Associate Artists the Allegri Quartet and mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean (winner of the 2017 Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award), the Baroque choral music of Vox Musica, and the return of the Anghiari Festival Chorus with Mozart's glorious C minor Mass.

Southbank Sinfonia makes its German debut in Berlin’s beautiful Konzerthaus. Renowned for its magnificent acoustics, over the centuries the building has hosted performances by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner and countless other musical greats. Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new piano concerto sits alongside Mozart’s ‘Paris’ Symphony, music designed to leave a lasting impression on its audience, and the startling energy of Beethoven’s Second Symphony.

Visit the Southbank Sinfonia website in early summer for the full festival programme.

BOOKING Opens 29 March young-euro-classic.de

Credit: Sebastian Runge

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Highlights are set to include members of the 2018 fellowship performing much-loved

MOZART Symphony No.31 ‘Paris’ CHERYL FRANCES-HOAD Between the Skies, the River and the Hills (German premiere) BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2 Simon Over conductor Ivana Gavrić piano

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BRITISH YOUTH OPERA

FREE

SEPTEMBER 2018 PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON

RUSH HOUR #13: ATMOSPHERES

THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER | 9.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

As our players join forces with their operatic counterparts in British Youth Opera, Southbank Sinfonia makes an autumn ‘transfer’ to the West End’s Peacock Theatre.

Includes: DANI HOWARD Silver Falls RAVEL Mother Goose Eugene Lee leader

The long-standing collaboration has seen acclaimed new accounts of Jonathan Dove’s Flight and Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom as well as classics by Mozart, Janáček, Puccini and Britten.

All music tells a story, be it the intended tale or something the listener imagines. In the theatre, the lines of a playwright are brought to life not only by a cast of actors but through ingenious staging, with projection offering a wealth of dramatic opportunity. How might an orchestra harness this potential, enriching the inherent narrative of works like the enchanting Mother Goose?

Watch this space for news of what 2018’s production will entail.

Ravel’s suite, based on fairy tales and the poetry of childhood, conjures a magical world of youthful innocence and adventure. In Silver Falls, ripples of movement emerge from an atmosphere of stillness.

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Rebecca Watt / Sam Watkin

Eugene Lee

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The Vanishing Bridegroom, 2017

#ConcertLab | Book free tickets online Please note the later time of this Rush Hour


FREE

RUSH HOUR #14: PULSE

MISSA SOLEMNIS

THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER | 7.30pm ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS, LONDON

MOZART Symphony No.35 ‘Haffner’ HAYDN Symphony No.101 ‘Clock’ Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor

BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis Rebecca Miller conductor St Martin’s Voices

With newfound freedom, both Mozart and Haydn were enthralled by cities teeming with culture and innovation. For the former, a piece designed as party music for his native Salzburg was transformed into a pulsating symphony for Vienna. The ‘Haffner’ calls for, and commands, your attention, the pace of Viennese life reflected in its racing finale with instruction to be played as fast as possible.

Superhuman in its vision, Beethoven intended the Missa Solemnis to be his greatest legacy. It is a cathedral of music, with a structure built of remarkable technical mastery providing a space within for timeless, profound reflection. Combining the influences of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Handel and others with Beethoven’s own symphonic discoveries, the music is a confluence of sonic and spiritual ideas. Here we join forces with our young choral counterparts, St Martin’s Voices, in the immaculate acoustics of Trafalgar Square's landmark church. BOOKING Opens in June. smitf.org | 020 7766 1100

Credit: Edward Webb

St Martin-in-the-Fields

Credit: Miguel Bueno

Gábor Takács-Nagy

For Haydn, it was London that catalysed a new suite of symphonies. No.101 spans a dazzling array of events and emotions encountered in a bustling metropolis, but it was the charming tick-tock accompaniment of the second movement that sent its first London audiences wild.

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VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY

£14- TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER | 7.30pm £23 MILTON COURT, BARBICAN CENTRE £12- WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER | 7.30pm £23 ST JAMES, GUERNSEY GRIEG Holberg Suite PROKOFIEV Symphony No.1 'Classical' BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7 Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor Throughout history, composers have spun magic around traditional dance forms. In his ‘suite in the olden style’, Grieg effectively fitted new springs to ancient models. The same propulsion abounds in Prokofiev’s mischievous re-think of a Haydn-era symphony, while Beethoven himself took the popular dances of his day and whipped them into a swirling frenzy. We’re thrilled to welcome back our Patron Vladimir Ashkenazy, conducting Southbank Sinfonia for the first time since 2015.

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Guernsey: Opens 1 May stjames.gg | 01418 711361 Anna Barsegjana / Giacomo Banella

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Vladimir Ashkenazy

BOOKING London: Opens 1 March barbican.org.uk | 020 7638 8891


£4£8

SOUTHBANK SINFONIA FAMILY CONCERT

FREE

RUSH HOUR #15: NIGHTCLUB

SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER | 11.30am QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE

THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER | 6.00pm ST JOHN’S WATERLOO

Includes overtures by BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN and many more Holly Mathieson conductor

Lee Reynolds conductor With so much punch, pulse and euphoria, is classical music really worlds away from the sounds that galvanise young tribes at gigs and nightclubs? For their last act, the 2018 fellowship unleashes a box of firecrackers: rhythm-driven orchestral tracks that keep pace with the freshest trends of the moment. In keeping with the times, you’ll just have to guess the set-list for now, but prepare for a night of surprises. Join us for the party, as we prove classical music’s enduring power to set hearts racing and exhilarate your spirits.

If an opera is like a great film, then an overture is its trailer. In just a few minutes, they set the mood and give a hint of what's to come, not to mention requiring a composer to use an incredible array of musical tricks in the process. In this Family Concert, expect a time-travelling adventure as we meet heroes, step into all kinds of stories and discover the stars of the orchestra. There to guide you are 33 musicians, each eager to share the secrets of classical music. Any questions? After the concert, say hello to the players, try out their instruments and ask away!

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Ideal for children aged 5 - 11

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Lee Reynolds

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Holly Mathieson

BOOKING southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555

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THE IMPACT Southbank Sinfonia is here to give young musicians a vital springboard into the profession.

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The impact is incalculable: this year’s orchestra joins a group of almost 500 musicians who have completed the fellowship. Worldwide, former members now occupy prominent seats in leading orchestras. Many more pursue exciting musical ventures of their own, as chamber and freelance musicians, educators and musical entrepreneurs, each proudly acknowledging the impact Southbank Sinfonia has had on their progress

DAVID LALE 2006 CELLO, LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

JENNIFER MACCALLUM 2014 VIOLA, AMADEUS AND FREELANCE

“What is hugely underestimated and a valuable part of Southbank Sinfonia is that we could work in a supportive environment where it was possible to experiment and make mistakes, not just musically but in terms of social relations as well.”

“I finished my Southbank Sinfonia fellowship with a new-found confidence and ability to go out and pursue my dream of becoming a professional musician. The difference in me as a player and person positively surprised my teachers and, more importantly, myself.”

SHELLEY ORGAN 2002 BASSOON, PHILHARMONIA

MATTHEW FEATHERSTONE 2011 PRINCIPAL FLUTE, BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES

LOUISE GOODWIN 2017 PERCUSSION, FREELANCE

“The phone call inviting me to become the principal bassoon of the newly formed Southbank Sinfonia transformed my life. Suddenly I had a flavour of a musician’s working life and I loved every aspect of the mix.”

“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.”

“Performing such wide-ranging repertoire so regularly in a full orchestra and mixed chamber groups was extremely helpful in building my confidence. Southbank Sinfonia provided a brilliant foundation upon which to go out to work as a freelancer."


BEYOND THE FELLOWSHIP After the fellowship, players continue to play a valued role in the life of Southbank Sinfonia - and the orchestra continues to support musicians in developing their careers.

Credit: Roger Way

Increasingly, musicians from the Southbank Sinfonia family embark on projects beyond the fellowship, from Amadeus at the National Theatre to Revolting Rhymes this February on the Royal Festival Hall stage. For all engagements, former members get full fees: welcome income as they embark on pursuing opportunities of their own. As this constellation of players grows every year, we are continually excited to see where their combined talents will next take them.

Following their fellowship, 2016 members returned to collaborate with conductor James Hendry

Many return as deputies and extras, sharing insights with their successors and enabling us to perform invigorating large-scale repertoire. Former members now in leading orchestras also provide expert coaching, or join our audition panels providing insight and feedback to the hundreds of musicians that apply to join the fellowship each year.

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YOUR ORCHESTRA You can marvel at orchestras who take to the stage all across Britain, but Southbank Sinfonia offers you a different kind of connection. Our supporters play an integral role in the life of the orchestra, not just watching from the sidelines, but getting to know each individual musician as they progress. Every year brings a fresh cohort of musicians in real need of our help. You can embark on the adventure together, discovering alongside them what it takes to become outstanding professional artists. This means that no concert is simply just a concert: knowing the musicians and knowing what the opportunity means to them makes the experience doubly exhilarating.

Charlie Dale-Harris

For every single player the journey is different, but they are all grateful to have you by their side, supporting their progress and willing them to shine.

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“We have got so much from our involvement with Southbank Sinfonia. It is a privilege to discover such high quality music played with such enthusiasm and to see the joy on the faces of the young musicians. You get to know them as the year progresses and feel real pride for them as they develop through the programme. It is a worthy organisation to support – but it’s also such good fun to be involved!” Steve and Lynne Soden, Ripieno Friends


JOIN OUR FAMILY

INVEST IN ADVENTURES

MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE

Become a Friend with a monthly donation of £10 (Continuo), £20 (Ripieno) or £35 (Obbligato) and enjoy multiple opportunities to get closer to the music. Experience a genuine rapport with the orchestra, from attending a private rehearsal to taking a seat inside the orchestra, whilst having a presence and impact the players really value. Become a Maestro Supporter and enjoy an even closer association, including personal updates on our progress and plans from our Music Director, Simon Over.

With such boundless young players, Southbank Sinfonia has the scope to achieve so much. We are especially grateful to a central circle of supporters – an ensemble as vital as the musicians you see onstage – whose conviction and generosity enable us to fulfil ambitious plans: taking the orchestra to new destinations like Berlin this year, staging great works previously beyond our scope, and much more. If you would like to see the orchestra rise to new heights, please talk to us.

Since its launch, Southbank Sinfonia has generated over £5 million that has gone directly into young musicians’ pockets whilst giving them life-changing experiences. Few other institutions worldwide give young artists such a footing. With your help, we can ensure the orchestra continues this for decades to come. When you come to write or revisit your Will, you might consider if there is a place for Southbank Sinfonia among your plans. Any gift of this kind, no matter what size, will have a lasting effect. Our friend Joan Coull kindly did this. Unable to make such a gesture in her lifetime, her legacy gift now supports our series of concerts with singers and soloists – a lifelong passion of hers.

ADOPT A PLAYER

INVOLVE YOUR ORGANISATION

By ‘adopting’ a player, you don’t have to take them home but can make a real difference to their prospects, directly funding their place on the programme. A gesture like this enables you to get to know an individual player and forever relish the fact you have played a vital part in their journey to the international stage. Over the course of the year, you will see how much this means to them as your player keeps you personally updated on their progress.

If you are part of a company that - like us - believes in unlocking potential, we can create a rewarding partnership bringing Southbank Sinfonia’s team spirit and imagination to your workplace and community. If you are involved in a trust or foundation that believes in the limitless potential of young people, you could make an invaluable contribution to any aspect of our work, helping us to innovate and inspire.

Whether you’re new to the orchestra or already a cherished friend, please help us fortify all the ways we can support such remarkable young musicians in need. To talk about any of these possibilities, please contact Claire Goddard, Development Director on 020 7921 0377 or claire@southbanksinfonia.co.uk Alternatively, talk to any of our staff or the players themselves at any of our concerts.

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Southbank Sinfonia | Concert Diary 2018  

Welcome to Southbank Sinfonia 2018. Delve in to discover upcoming concerts and to meet the orchestra.

Southbank Sinfonia | Concert Diary 2018  

Welcome to Southbank Sinfonia 2018. Delve in to discover upcoming concerts and to meet the orchestra.

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