The world-renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam continues its first International Associate residency at the Barbican in May. Following the critically acclaimed first concert of the residency on 22 April (Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt), the orchestra returns to the Barbican on Saturday 12 May with Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons and a programme of Richard Strauss. The final concert of the residency takes place on Sunday 20 May at 3pm when Honorary Conductor Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No 5. The orchestra’s patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, marks the orchestra’s first Barbican residency by attending the final concert in the Barbican Hall. Princess Máxima has been the orchestra’s patron since 2005.

Beyond the concert platform, Mariss Jansons gives a public lecture on conducting at LSO St Luke’s, in conversation with Viennese dramaturg and cultural critic Peter Blaha (Sunday 13 May ). Using audio and video footage of renowned conductors, Jansons explores the art of conducting, communication between conductor and the orchestra, rehearsal techniques and how interpretation is transferred to orchestral musicians. On 11, 13 and 21 May, there will be a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the illustrious orchestra’s famous sound when musicians from the orchestra hold nine masterclasses for musicians of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (open to the public).


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