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Southbank Centre 2018/19 Classical Music Season

Southbank Centre have announced their  2018/19 Classical Music Season, The Southbank has four Resident Orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and four Associate Orchestras, Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Philip Glass Photo Raymond Meier

The season will be a fascinating mix of contemporary composers, new work, and musical pioneers. The 2018/19 season sees the largest number of new works and premieres seen at the Southbank Centre in a decade, with the newly-reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, alongside the Royal Festival Hall. 39 new commissions and premieres set the tone for a season that also features initiatives such as the Composers’ Collective, the inaugural new music festival New Music International, the first UK performance of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht since its 1985 UK premiere  and the European premiere of a new symphony commissioned from Philip Glass, based on the music of David Bowie.

Andris Nelsons – Photo: Marco Borggreve

World-class artists and ensembles will the three venues the  including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under new Kapellmeister Andris Nelsons, Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leonidas Kavakos, Jordi Savall, Yuja Wang, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Sarah Connolly, Julia Fischer and Håkan Hardenberger. 

Highlights of the season include:

European premiere of Philip Glass’ 12th symphony for organ and orchestra, based on the music of David Bowie and performed by James McVinnie with London Contemporary Orchestra alongside Glass’ two previous Bowie symphonies

A focus on the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, including the first UK performance of Donnerstag aus Licht since its UK premiere at the Royal Opera House in 1985, and a weekend of concerts and events curated by Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Launch of New Music International in January 2019, a new music festival with a global outlook, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun, a portrait of composer Rebecca Saunders, MacArthur Fellow and flautist Claire Chase, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Aurora Orchestra

The inaugural year of Composers’ Collective, a new initiative giving composers at all stages of their career access to pioneering composers featured throughout Southbank Centre’s season including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Unsuk Chin, Gerald Barry, Charlotte Bray, Bryce Dessner, and more

The centenary of Dame Muriel Spark’s birth is celebrated by the Nash Ensemble and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly with the world premiere of a new work by David Matthews

PRS Foundation’s free music festival New Music Biennial returns in July 2019, with 20 new pieces spanning classical, folk, jazz, electronic, opera and sound art.

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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