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The Secrets of the South Bank Lion

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The striking large white lion statue at the south end of Westminster Bridge has watched over the Thames on the South Bank for nearly two hundred years but its original position was rather higher up, on the top of the Lion Brewery in Lambeth.

James Goding had the Lion Brewery built in 1836–7, the main building facing the river was five storeys high topped off with a large white lion made of Coade stone. The Lion did not have travel far because the Coade’s Stone Works were located nearby, the works opened in 1769 and was run for the first 25 years by the remarkable Mrs. Eleanor Coade. The factory flourished for over 70 years, most due to the fact that the ‘recipe’ for Coade Stone was a closely guarded secret.

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Coade stone was not really stone at all but was rather ceramic stoneware that was considered a ‘wonder’ material in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Cheap to produce, It was mostly used for moulding neoclassical statues, architectural decorations and garden ornaments of the highest quality and remained resistant to the vagaries of the weather. It was popular with the Royal Family and was used on St George’s Chapel, Windsor; The Royal Pavilion, Brighton; Carlton House, London; the Royal Naval College, Greenwich; and Buckingham Palace. However the glory days of Coade Stone were over when large lion for the Lion Brewery was produced in 1837, in the same year, the artificial stone factory was closed down.

The Lion Brewery continued to operate until 1924 when it was bought out by Hoare and Co. brewers, of Wapping. The main building was seriously damaged by fire in 1931 and eventually the whole complex was demolished in 1949 to make way for the Royal Festival Hall.

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The Lion was saved from the building and was reused as part of the Festival of Britain. For some reason, the lion was painted red and mounted on a plinth near the entrance to Waterloo station. In 1966, during the redevelopment of Waterloo station, the statue was cleaned and red paint removed to bring it back to original colour and moved to its current location on a large granite plinth next to Westminster Bridge. The plinth bears the inscription “The South Bank Lion”. and the plaque gives further information about the Lion surviving the bombing in the Second World War and how he was preserved in the accordance with the wishes of His Majesty King George VI. The statue was given a Grade II* listing by English Heritage in 1981.

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The statue which is about 13 feet (4.0 m) long and 12 feet (3.7 m) high, and weighs about 13 tonnes (14 tons) is a reminder of long gone Lambeth industries and has been a reassuring landmark for generations of Londoners.

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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

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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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Maurizio Pollini : Recital at the Royal Festival Hall –  21st February 2017

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The great Italian pianist presents a first half of Chopin favourites, some of the most wonderful music ever written for the piano, featuring a wealth of beautiful melodies and breathtaking virtuosity.

In the second half he returns to Debussy with Book 2 of the Preludes. These descriptive miniatures conjure up a magical soundworld where mists, fireworks and moonlit terraces are all suggested by the composer’s atmospheric writing.

Performers

Maurizio Pollini, piano

Programme

Fryderyk Chopin: 2 Nocturnes, Op.27

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

Fryderyk Chopin: Berceuse in D flat, Op.57

Claude Debussy: Préludes, Book 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20

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Aurora Orchestra with Edmund de Waal: Metamorphosen at the Royal Festival Hall – 4th February 2017

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The popular Aurora Orchestra welcomes artist and best-selling author Edmund de Waal and violinist Anthony Marwood for a collaborative event exploring the theme of metamorphosis.

Strauss’ post-war masterpiece Metamorphosen is often seen as a lament for the death of German culture. But the composer’s choice of title was inspired by Goethe’s essay On the Metamorphosis of Plants, and his work evokes themes of rebirth, growth and transformation.

For this unconducted performance, Anthony Marwood joins Aurora Orchestra as guest director for the Strauss, whilst the Aurora string principals perform Ligeti’s quartet. Aurora’s Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon appears in conversation with Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes: together they explore the historical and musical context around the two works being performed, and discuss themes of evolution and transformation. BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents.

This event takes place as part of Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief series, a year-long festival exploring what it means to be human.

Performers

Anthony Marwood, violin

Aurora Orchestra

Edmund de Waal, speaker

Sara Mohr-Pietsch, presenter

Programme

Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen

György Ligeti: String Quartet No.1 (Métamorphoses nocturnes)

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London Sinfonietta : Adès Deconstructed, In Seven Days at the Royal Festival Hall – 1st February 2017

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From Chaos to Contemplation, the London Sinfonietta deconstruct Adès’ 2008 masterwork In Seven Days, shedding new light on the workings of one of the UK’s most inquisitive musical voices.

In the first half of this concert, the London Sinfonietta deconstruct the intricacies of the work itself, guided through the score’s structure by a presenter, with the orchestra and Rolf Hind playing short extracts to explore how Adès created the work. In the second half of the concert In Seven Days is performed in full.

Performers

London Sinfonietta

Rolf Hind, piano

Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

Sam West, presenter

Sian Edwards, conductor

Programme

Thomas Adès: In Seven Days – Concerto for piano & orchestra

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Transatlantic Sessions at the Royal Festival Hall – 6th February 2017

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After seven sell-out appearances at Southbank Centre, Transatlantic Sessions returns for an eighth year.

Originating as part of the award-winning Pelicula/BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions continues to revisit shared roots and forge new common ground between today’s finest Celtic and Americana musicians.

The project’s founding musical directors Dobro maestro, Jerry Douglas, and Shetland fiddler legend, Aly Bain, lead a stellar backing line-up that includes John Doyle, Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick, Russ Barenberg, John McCusker, Donald Shaw and James Mackintosh.

Guest musicians include:

John Paul White – formerly of multiple Grammy-winners The Civil Wars – whose new solo album, Beulah, stirs together a deliciously brooding blend of mournful folk balladry, swampy southern rock and dark acoustic pop.

Tift Merritt,Texan-born and a fellow Grammy honoree – was raised in the rich Americana heartland of North Carolina, the bedrock for a wide-ranging country/soul sound that’s been variously likened to Dusty Springfield and Lucinda Williams.

Dirk Powell, multi-instrumentalist and singer, is a welcome return visitor to ‘the ultimate backporch session’, one whose artistry encompasses virtually the entire US roots music spectrum.

Jim Lauderdale has also covered plenty of bases in his three-decade career, including bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, but his 2016 album, This Changes Everything, marks a return to classic country, playing tribute to Texas’s legendary dancehall scene.

Eddi Reader of Scotland joins in the song-sharing with a voice that’s been described as ‘nothing short of miraculous’ (Spiral Earth); a revelatory instrument whether reinterpreting Burns and other folk material, or in the self-penned songs on her most recent release, 2014’s Vagabond.

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Nelsons: Bruckner’s Symphony No.5 at the Royal Festival Hall – 19th January 2017

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Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner’s majestic Fifth Symphony.

Variously referred to as the ‘Tragic’, ‘Church of Faith’ or because of its opening string sound, the ‘Pizzicato’ Symphony, Bruckner drives each moment forward to a breath taking final movement propelled by increasingly intricate fugal melodies and stunning chorale.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra

Andris Nelsons, conductor

Repertoire

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.5

There is no interval in this performance which ends at approx. 8.50pm.

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Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall – 29th January 2017

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Eighty years after they performed its premiere, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra plays Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Known for its definitive performances of Russian repertoire, the orchestra presents an evening of national masterworks.

Founded in 1882, the St Petersburg Philharmonic premiered the first five Shostakovich symphonies, and is also closely associated with Prokofiev.

Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5 was conceived in an atmosphere of Communist control, and saw him apparently toeing the party line. But its light-hearted melodies hint at ambiguous depths, and many argue for an ironic interpretation of its joyous finale.

The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by soloist Martha Argerich,  who is acclaimed for her interpretation of Prokofiev’s virtuosic, tempestuous Piano Concerto No.3.

Performers

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov, conductor

Martha Argerich, piano

Repertoire

Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3

Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor

Aram Khachaturian: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus, Suite No.2

Aram Khachaturian: Dance of the Gaditanian Maidens and Victory of Spartacus from Spartacus, Suite No.1

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Mitsuko Uchida at the Royal Festival Hall –  31st January 2017

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Mitsuko Uchida performs music by Mozart and Schumann at this International Piano Series concert.

Uchida has long devoted much attention to the mainstream German and Viennese repertoire, but she also takes a keen interest in the music of today.

Opening with one of Mozart’s best-loved sonatas, Uchida continues with another Schumann masterpiece: Kreisleriana, a work by turns turbulent, nightmarish and mischievous, inspired by the supernatural tales of ETA Hoffmann.

The programme concludes with Schumann’s great C major Fantasie, Op.17 – a giant love song for the composer’s future wife, Clara Wieck.

Performers

Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Repertoire

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in C, K.545

Robert Schumann  Kreisleriana, Op.16

Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17

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