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Daniel Barenboim announces second Southbank Centre concert date with West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – October 29th 2017

Due to popular demand, globally-acclaimed conductor, pianist and humanitarian Daniel Barenboim has announced a second date with his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall this October. The concert on Sunday 29 October at 2pm will raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) research in aid of the MS Society.

The Jacqueline du Pré tribute concert will see Barenboim, who first performed at Royal Festival Hall aged just 13, bring his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to the venue for the first time, in tribute to cellist Jacqueline du Pré, Barenboim’s wife of 20 years, who had MS and died aged just 42. This October marks 30 years since the death of du Pré, who was recognised as one of the most talented cellists in history before her illness forced her to give up playing.

Daniel Barenboim and academic Edward Said formed the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to open dialogues between Israeli and Palestinian musicians. Under Barenboim’s leadership, the ensemble goes from strength to strength, defying political divides and delivering performances as profound as the philosophy behind its formation. This first appearance at Royal Festival Hall will feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 and Strauss’ Don Quixote, with the young Austrian-Persian cellist Kian Soltani as soloist.

Daniel Barenboim and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Saturday 28 October, 6.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre – SOLD OUT

Sunday 29 October, 2.00pm, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Performers

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim conductor

Kian Soltani cello

Repertoire

R Strauss: Don Quixote

Interval

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Sound Unbound: The Barbican Classical Weekender – 29th to 30th April 2017

After the successful first festival in 2015. Sound Unbound will once again return at the end of April to give audiences the chance to explore new music from medieval to modern, in a relaxed festival environment.

The festival features over 60 short concerts encompassing nearly 1000 years of music. Alongside new commissions, visitors can also hear some well-known classics.

Pianist, producer and composer Chilly Gonzales will present his guide to the orchestra in a specially commissioned work with Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Jules Buckley. The Academy of Ancient Music will be performing famous works including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 5 and Pachelbel’s Canon. Organist James McVinnie, widely recognised for his fresh approach to the instrument and repertoire, will interpret music by Philip Glass and JS Bach. Alison Balsom and Timo Andres will also join forces with the Britten Sinfonia for Rhapsody in Blue and Miles Davis’s Sketches of Spain.

Alison Balsom photo Mat Hennek

The weekend also features American soprano Angel Blue who has performed in the English National Opera’s La Bohème as well as alongside Donna Summer and Chaka Khan, acclaimed British countertenor Iestyn Davies in an intimate concert with lute player Thomas Dunford, and the Kanneh-Mason Trio, led by BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Iestyn Davies Photo Benjamin Ealovega

Film and Music

In 2017, the Barbican celebrates the medium of film with a “Film in Focus” series across the various artforms. As part of this, Sound Unbound features an exciting chance to hear the London Symphony Orchestra perform film music by John Williams.

The Norwegian siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen, a violin and cello duo, bring Nordic Noir to the Barbican, featuring new works from the composers of soundtracks for The Bridge and The Killing alongside music by Arvo Pärt.

Sound Unbound 2015 Mari Samuelsen Photo Mark Allan

In two Symphonic Cinema sessions, the BBC Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinsky’sballet score Firebird alongside a stunning film which director Lucas van Woerkum has created specifically to the music and story, and which he will synchronise in live-time to the orchestra’s performance (UK premiere).

LSO St Luke’s will host the BBC Singers for the UK premiere of German composer and producer Sven Helbig’s I Eat the Sun and Drink the Rain, a new work for choir, visuals and liveelectronics which explores searching questions about the role of nature and human relationships in a world of artificial intelligence and digital alienation.

Re-workings

Sound Unbound also features well-known works in unconventional versions. Bach’s Goldberg Variations will be played by a string trio from the Scottish Ensemble. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a work that shocked and changed the musical world for ever, can be heard in an arrangement for two pianos, performed by two of the most exciting and innovative young American pianists, Timo Andres and David Kaplan. Musicians from the Guildhall School’s Electronic Department will remix Haydn’s Toy Symphony, together with other well-known classical repertoire, in a specially commissioned arrangement for sound-producing electronic toys and devices.

Gabriel Prokofiev, Photograph by Malihe Norouzi

Music in The Pit, The Curve and the Conservatory

During the weekend, the Barbican opens up its many venues and so this unparalleled variety of music and artists can also be heard in an unusual range of venues: The Pit (the Barbican’s studio theatre), the Conservatory, The Curve gallery, the Barbican Lakeside, in the foyers, in the neighbouring Milton Court Concert Hall and LSO St Luke’s, as well as in the Barbican concert hall itself. On the Barbican’s Lakeside Terrace wind-up gramophones will invade the space with a collage of classical music through the ages, devised by musicians and staff of the Guildhall School’s Electronic Music Department. The Pit sessions, programmed in association with Boiler Room TV, include the innovative Calder Quartet, a Sound Unbound favourite from the first festival; a session from versatile viol player and professor of viola da gamba at the Guildhall School Liam Byrne, equally at home in very old and very new music; and London-based composer, producer, and founder of the NONCLASSICAL record label and club night, Gabriel Prokofiev.

The Curve will be a venue for choral music, alongside a new commission from Anna Meredith , a genre-defying British composer, producer and performer who moves comfortably between the different worlds of contemporary classical and experimental rock. Also filling the huge, resonant space of the Curve will be Tuning Up, a sound installation for forty helium balloons with harmonicas, devised by Stephen Cornford and Bill Leslie.

The Barbican Conservatory, the second biggest conservatory in London, will be the location for Silent Opera’s Carmen: Remastered, in which headphones let the audience into the tormented, internal world of Don José and his encounter with the woman he desires, as well as for Michael Gordon’s cult classic Timber, a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.

The festival takes place on the 29th to 30th April 2017

Passes range from £20 to £40 , Young Barbican (14-25) Day passes £10

For more information and tickets , visit the Barbican website here

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Lloyd’s Choir Spring Concert at St Katharine Cree Church – 29th March 2017

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One of the musical delights of the City of London is the series of concerts that take place in many of the historic churches dotted around the Square Mile.

One of the oldest choirs in the City not connected directly to the churches is the Lloyd’s Choir which was first formed in 1922. The choir first performed in 1922, within the Underwriting Room at the Royal Exchange and concerts were then given regularly, mainly in the Public Hall of the same building.

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After the Second World War, the choir was re-established and performed with considerable success.  In the 1980s, the choir moved to St. Katharine Cree in Leadenhall Street which is still home to the choir today.

Since then, a series of professional conductors have greatly enhanced the reputation of the choir. The choir regularly perform concerts in various locations around the city and has featured on television several times.

One of the highlights of the choir’s year is the Spring Concert to be held in the beautiful St Katharine Cree Church in Leadenhall Street on  29th March 2017 at 7pm.

The programme will be a mixture of new and traditional favourites featuring music by Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, Brahms and Jacques Cohen.

Jacques Cohen will be conducting the choir and the Cohen Ensemble.

Tickets £15 available on the door, in advance from choir members or Eventbrite.co.uk (booking charges apply)

For more information about the Lloyd’s Choir, visit their website here

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Stravinsky -The Firebird: Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on 2nd March 2017

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Stravinsky -The Firebird: Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on 2nd March  2017

Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra through a programme of Stravinsky, Ravel and Falla.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor

Javier Perianes piano

Programme

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso arr. for orchestra

Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain for piano & orchestra

Interval

Stravinsky: The Firebird, complete ballet (1910)

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Ashkenazy – Elgar’s Symphony No.1: Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on 16th March 2017

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Ashkenazy – Elgar’s Symphony No.1: Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on 16th  March 2017

Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Elgar’s First Symphony and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Programme

Schubert: Overture, Rosamunde

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat for violin & viola, K.364

Interval

Elgar: Symphony No.1

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor

Veronika Eberle violin

Antoine Tamestit viola

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Maurizio Pollini at the Royal Festival Hall on 14th March 2017

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The central focus of the second of two recitals celebrating Maurizio Pollini’s 75th birthday is Beethoven.

Performers

Maurizio Pollini

Programme

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathétique)

Schoenberg: 3 Pieces for piano, Op.11; 6 Little pieces for piano, Op.19

Interval

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in F sharp, Op.78 (à Thérèse); Piano Sonata in F minor, Op.57 (Appassionata

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New York Philharmonic at the Barbican – 31st March 2017

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Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic find inspiration from two very different universes composers, Bartók and Mahler.

The New York Philharmonic opens its Barbican residency, with the raw emotion of Bartók with the gentle charms of Mahler’s symphony. Gilbert’s predecessors in New York have  included Boulez, Bernstein and Mahler himself.

Programme

Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste

Mahler Symphony No 4

Performers

New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert conductor

Christina Landshamer mezzo-soprano

For more information , visit the Barbican website here

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