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The EFG London Jazz Festival – 13th November to 22nd November 2015

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The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, it is acclaimed for showcasing a wide mix of talent from around the world. The big Jazz legends and the emerging stars make the festival, one of the most anticipated festivals in London. The festival was created in 1992 by live international music producers, Serious who still produce the event with events held in bars, clubs and concert halls all over the city and all styles of jazz are catered for. Whilst the gigs are the main focus, there is also a wide-ranging programme of  commissions, club events, talks, and an expansive learning and participation programme.

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Artists already announced include Andy Sheppard​, Arild Andersen, Average White Band & Kokomo, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Cassandra Wilson, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dave Holland, Hiromi, Ice-T, James Farm (feat Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland), Jamie Cullum, Jarrod Lawson, Kamasi Washington, Keith Jarrett, Kurt Elling, Manu Katché & Ibrahim Maalouf, Marcin Wasilewski, Maria Schneider, Melody Gardot, Miroslav Vitouš​, ​Nik Bärtsch, Phronesis, Terence Blanchard and many more.

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There are free concerts and shows for children including the very popular Jazz for Toddlers events. Many shows do sell out in advance of the festival, shows already sold out include Melody Gardot, Kurt Elling, Gilles Peterson with Kamasi Washington, Gogo Penguin and Lynne Page, Steve Gadd, Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman and two Jazz for Toddlers events. For sold-out concerts, some seats are often released on the day of the show, so it’s worth queuing at the box office for returns about 90 minutes before the show.

For a full listing of all the events, visit the EFG London Jazz Festival website here

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Paul Lewis plays Beethoven at the Royal Festival Hall – 4th November 2015

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Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in a programme that includes acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall. The second half features  Mahler’s Fifth Symphony , which should fresh in the  conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste mind who recently undertook an acclaimed recording of the Symphony.

Programme

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3
Interval
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.5

Performers
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor
Paul Lewis piano

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank centre website here

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Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall – 5th November 2015

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Legendary conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy leads the Philharmonia Orchestra into a programme that will feature  the recent prize-winner of the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition. Hector Berlioz’s Overture, Le carnaval romain and a Chopin: Piano Concerto  will be followed by Rachmaninov’s ‘ecstatic’ Second Symphony.

Programme

Hector Berlioz: Overture, Le carnaval romain
Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1
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Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2
Interval
Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2

Performers
Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
2015 Prize Winner of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition piano

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank centre website here

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Salonen/Lang Lang Series at the Royal Festival Hall – 26th November 2015

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The opening concert of three featuring Finish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Philharmonia Orchestra being joined by acclaimed  pianist Lang Lang.  Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang  is global phenomenon who has performed with leading orchestras in Europe, the United States and his native China. It was estimated that an audience of up to a billion people saw Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In this evening’s concert he will perform  Grieg’s Piano Concerto followed by the complete incidental music for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt,

Programme

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto
Interval
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt – Incidental Music (complete)

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Lang Lang piano

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank centre website here

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Mälkki conducts Prokofiev and Sibelius at the Royal Festival Hall – 27th November 2015

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Acclaimed Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her debut conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that features the  works by Liadov, Prokofiev and Sibelius.

The concert begins with a tone poem entitled  From the Apocalypse, from  Russian composer Anatoly Liadov. This will be followed by Italian pianist Beatrice Rana playing  Prokofiev’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No.2. The evening culminates with the one of the great works  by Jean Sibelius, his Symphony No.1 in E minor provided evidence of a considerable composing talent.

Programme

Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov: From the Apocalypse, Op.66
Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2
Interval
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor

Performers

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki conductor
Beatrice Rana piano

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank centre website here

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James Gaffigan and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 6th November 2015

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A concert with a American theme features the  American conductor James Gaffigan, leading the London Symphony Orchestra into two works by Bernstein with the jazzy Prelude, Fugue and Riffs and the Hebrew setting of the Chichester Psalms. Also featured is Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements which was his first major work after emigrating to the United States in 1939 .

The highlight of the night is the world premiere of  jazz legend Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto played by the acclaimed violinist  Nicola Benedetti.

Programme

Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto (world premiere)
Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements
Bernstein Chichester Psalms

Performers

James Gaffigan conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
Chris Richards clarinet
Ben Hill boy treble
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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Nikolaj Znaider and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 12th November 2015

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Nikolaj Znaider, the  Danish – Israeli classical violinist and conductor returns to the Barbican to explore the music of Richard Strauss. This concert features his tone poem, Death and Transfiguration, a vivid depiction of a man coming to terms with his own mortality. Then, Soile Isokoski, one of the world’s finest lyric sopranos, will end the programme with the closing scene from Strauss’ opera Capriccio.  Znaider  begins  the concert with one of Beethoven’s most popular and well loved works, Symphony No 5.

Programme

Beethoven Symphony No 5
Strauss Death and Transiguration
Strauss Closing Scene from ‘Capriccio’

Performers

Nikolaj Znaider conductor
Soile Isokoski soprano
London Symphony Orchestra

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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