• Southbank Centre’s year-long The Rest Is Noise Festival explores the second half of the 20th century with performances ranging from Britten to Berio, Stockhausen to Glass and Gubaidulina to Adams
  • UK premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels in concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra and members of Southbank Sinfonia as part of The Rest Is Noise
  • Joining Britten’s centenary celebrations as part of The Rest Is Noise, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski present Peter Grimes, War Requiem and rarely-performed orchestral music by the British composer over three concerts
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and a stellar cast of singers, including Gerald Finley and Christianne Stotijn, in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust
  • Pull Out All the Stops festival celebrates the fully-restored Royal Festival Hall organ with an opening Gala Concert, celebrity recitals from John Scott, Thomas Trotter and Olivier Latry and performances of major organ works including Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Eight new Southbank Centre organ commissions, including John Tavener, Peter Maxwell Davies, Neil Hannon, Martin Creed, Lynette Wallworth, Simon Holt, Kaija Saariaho and Terry Riley
  • Conducting legend Claudio Abbado returns to the Royal Festival Hall for the UK debut of Orchestra Mozart
  • Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia perform Verdi’s Requiem with tenor Joseph Calleja and Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero
  • San Francisco Symphony returns to Southbank Centre for the first time in 19 years conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Christian Vásquez and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela return to Shell Classic International as part of a weekend including educational opportunities where participants can get up close to the musicians
  • Performances of two minimalist masterpieces on the same weekend as part of The Rest Is Noise and International Chamber Music Season: Philip Glass’s Music in 12 Parts with the Philip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians with the composer joining the Colin Currie Group
  • Celebrated Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini performs two recitals as part of International Piano Series
  • Southbank Centre presents up to 20 new commissions created by UK-based composers over one weekend as part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial
  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents two world premieres: Vladimir Jurowski conducts James MacMillan’s Viola Concerto with Lawrence Power, and Andrey Boreyko directs the orchestra in Górecki’s much-anticipated Fourth Symphony, the composer’s last work
  • Philharmonia Orchestra and Andris Nelsons present a complete Brahms Symphony and Concerto cycle, culminating in a performance of German Requiem and Song of Destiny
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s new series Gamechangers features Semyon Bychkov’s conducting debut with the orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle leading a performance of Haydn’s The Creation
  • London premiere of Georg Freidrich Haas’s in vain with the London Sinfonietta and conductor André de Ridder as part of The Rest Is Noise

    Southbank Centre and its Resident Orchestras – the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment today (17 January 2013) jointly announce programmes for the 2013/14 classical music season. The highlights of more than 200 events in the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and other performance spaces across Southbank Centre site include:

  • The second part of Southbank Centre’s year-long festival The Rest Is Noise, exploring the 20th century through concerts and events throughout 2013, presents music composed between 1945 and 2000 (27 September 2013 – 14 December 2013). The world’s largest festival of 20th century music, from September to December The Rest Is Noise focuses on the second half of the century, from 1945 to 2000. The London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC and The Open University are partners of the Festival. Starting with a weekend dedicated to Britten’s centenary, which also opens the 13/14 Classical Music Season, highlights of the second part of the festival include rare London performances by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (4 October), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (3 November) and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (28 November); Marin Alsop conducting Brazil’s flagship orchestra São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Swingle Singers in Berio’s Sinfonia (25 October); pianist Tamara Stefanovich playing music by Ligeti, Stockhausen, Messiaen and Boulez (6 October); Stockhausen’s electronic masterpiece Gesang der Jünglinge presented in an evening also featuring percussionist Colin Currie and pianist Nicolas Hodges performing Stockhausen’s Kontakte, and members of Aurora Orchestra playing Boulez’s Le marteau sans maître with contralto Hilary Summers (5 October); György and Márta Kurtág performing Kurtág’s Hipartita with violinist Hiromi Kikuchi, and excerpts from Játékok and Bach arrangements (1 December).

    Running alongside the concert series, six weekends from September to December explore specific moments in the 20th century with talks, film screenings, performances and participation events. The weekends are:

    Britten’s Centenary (27 – 29 September 2013)

    A celebration of the great English composer, conductor and pianist during the centenary year of his birth.

    Post-War World (5 – 6 October 2013)

    1945 to 1960: why did the CIA fund modern music? Why could Stockhausen not bear to hear four beats in the bar? How did the technology of war help create electronic music? The radical music of the post-war world will be explored.

    1960s Weekend (26 – 27 October 2013)

    Happenings, chill-out music, student slogans and the murder of Martin Luther King all find their way into classical music in the ‘60s.

    Politics and Spirituality in the Late 20th Century (2 – 3 November 2013)

    1970 to 1980: progress in technology, recession and economic booms in the Western World inspire spiritual and political music on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

    Superpower (9 – 10 November)

    1950 to 2000: Looking at America’s domination on the world, its economic troubles in the ‘70s, Vietnam, Watergate, movie soundtracks, musicals and the birth of Minimalism.

    New World Order (7 – 8 December)

    1980 to 2000: the last weekend of The Rest Is Noise festival explores the Post-Cold War era and a globalised music scene in which no style is unacceptable.

  • UK premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels with the BBC Concert Orchestra and members of Southbank Sinfonia (29 October)

    Part of The Rest Is Noise, Southbank Centre presents the UK premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, the orchestral score for the 1971 musical surrealist film co-written and directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer. Involving an orchestral ensemble of more than 65 musicians and a chorus of 30, the piece will be performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and members of Southbank Sinfonia with conductor Jurjen Hempel.
  • Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate Britten’s centenary with performances of Peter Grimes and War Requiem (28 September 2013 & 12 October 2012)

    Southbank Centre Resident Orchestra the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski open Southbank Centre’s 2013/14 Classical Music Season with a three-concert celebration of Britten’s centenary as part of The Rest Is Noise festival. Kicking off the new season on 28 September, a stellar cast joins the LPO and Jurowski for a concert performance of Peter Grimes. Tenor Stuart Skelton sings the title role, with soprano Pamela Armstrong as Ellen Orford, baritone Alan Opie as Capitain Balstrode and bass Brindley Sherratt as Swallow. Directed by Daniel Slater, the performance also features the choir London Voices. On 2 October, the programme includes rarely performed orchestral music by Britten, including Suite on English Folk Tunes (A time there was) and Nocturne with tenor Mark Padmore. Closing the celebration on Saturday 12 October, Ian Bostridge performs War Requiem with Tatiana Monogarova and Matthias Goerne.

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust (26 September 2013)

    Opening the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2013/14 season is a concert performance of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a stellar cast featuring tenor Paul Groves as Faust, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn as Marguérite, baritone Gerald Finley as Méphistophélès and Roland Wood as Brander.
  • Month-long Pull Out All the Stops Festival celebrates the newly-restored Royal Festival Hall organ and its 60th anniversary with celebrity organ recitals, a gala concert and eight new commissions by Southbank Centre (18 March – 13 April 2014)

    Celebrating the complete restoration of the Royal Festival Hall organ and its 60th anniversary, the month-long Pull Out All the Stops Festival includes premieres of new commissions and performances by celebrity organists. To mark the return of the organ, Southbank Centre has commissioned eight new works and the festival will include premieres of new music by John Tavener, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lynette Wallworth, Martin Creed and Neil Hannon. Other commissions, performed throughout 2014, include: Simon Holt in a joint commission with the Royal College of Organists, Kaija Saariaho’s organ concerto – a co-commission by Southbank Centre, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre National de Lyon – receiving its UK premiere with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen (26 June 2014), and a new piece by Terry Riley, co-commissioned by Southbank Centre, Los Angeles Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, which will be presented in Autumn 2014.

    The festival opening gala concert on 18 March 2014 features the world premieres of Monument to Beethoven by John Tavener, performed by John Scott and choir, and of Peter Maxwell Davies’s new piece for organ, massed choruses and brass, involving large numbers of young people who will sing and play instruments. Also part of the gala concert programme are: John Scott performing Gigout’s Grand Choeur Dialogué with a brass ensemble made up of members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra; and trumpeter Alison Balsom and organist David Goode presenting repertoire for trumpet and organ.

    Other highlights of the festival include:

  • the London premiere of Judith Weir’s new work The Wild Reeds performed by Thomas Trotter (24 March 2014)
  • Performances of major organ works, such as Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Claudio Abbado returns to the Royal Festival Hall to conduct Orchestra Mozart in their UK debut (1 October 2013)

    ‘One of the most distinguished figures on the podium today’ (The Daily Telegraph, October 2011), Claudio Abbado returns to the Royal Festival Hall for the first time since the triumphant Bruckner-focused performances with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in 2011. He conducts the first of a pair of concerts with the Orchestra Mozart in a programme of Haydn and Mozart. Part of Shell Classic International and also featuring conductor Diego Matheuz and pianist Maria João Pires, the concerts mark the UK debut of Orchestra Mozart.

  • San Francisco Symphony returns to Southbank Centre for the first time after 19 years for two performances, conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (15 & 16 March 2014)

    San Francisco Symphony returns to Southbank Centre for the first time in 19 years for two performances with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas as part of Shell Classic International. The programmes of the two evenings include music by Ives, John Adams and Berlioz (15 March), culminating with the orchestra’s interpretation of Mahler’s Symphony No.3 (16 March).

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  • Performing at Southbank Centre for the first time since 1998, Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, making their Royal Festival Hall debut (17 & 18 May 2014)

    Returning to Southbank Centre for the first time since 1998, Antonio Pappano conducts Rome-based Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in two performances as part of Shell Classic International: the first programme, on 17 May, explores the theme of freedom and features music from Beethoven juxtaposed with Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero, with baritone Johan Reuter amongst the soloists; on 18 May, Pappano conducts Verdi’s Requiem with star tenor Joseph Calleja, soprano Hibla Gerzmava and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk.

  • Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and young conductor Christian Vásquez return to Shell Classic International as part of a Sounds Venezuela weekend (6 & 8 June 2013)

    Following their five-star performances in 2010, Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the national senior school age orchestra of El Sistema, returns to the Royal Festival Hall. The concerts renew the link between Southbank Centre and Venezuela’s visionary social programme, which engages more than 350,000 young people, many of whom are from underprivileged backgrounds. Conducted by young protégé of El Sistema Christian Vásquez, the two Shell Classic International performances are part of a Sounds Venezuela weekend which will include opportunities to get close to the musicians of the orchestra.

  • Philip Glass and Steve Reich return to Southbank Centre for performances of their minimalist masterpieces Music in 12 Parts (9 November) and Music for 18 Musicians (10 November)

    As part of The Rest Is Noise weekend devoted to minimalism and the International Chamber Music Season, the Royal Festival Hall becomes 1970s downtown New York as Philip Glass and Steve Reich return to Southbank Centre to perform two of their most renowned pieces. Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble present his four-hour long masterpiece Music in 12 Parts and Reich joins the Colin Currie Group for an evening of his music culminating in Music for 18 Musicians.

  • Celebrated Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini returns to Southbank Centre two Royal Festival Hall recitals (18 February 2014 & 2 April 2014)

    Returning to Southbank Centre for two Royal Festival Hall recitals as part of the International Piano Series, Maurizio Pollini presents music by Chopin, Debussy and Beethoven.

  • PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial presents up to 20 new commissions by UK based composers over one weekend at Southbank Centre (4 – 6 July 2014)

    Building on the success of New Music 20x12 weekend in July 2012, which was a highlight of the Cultural Olympiad, Southbank Centre presents up to 20 new commissions by UK-based composers as part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial weekend. The new commissions will be premiered across the country throughout 2014, before being brought together at Southbank Centre. They will subsequently be performed at Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, to coincide with the Scottish city hosting the Commonwealth Games. The international dimension of the Games will be the main inspiration for the new compositions.
  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents two world premieres: James MacMillan’s Viola Concerto (15 January 2014) and Górecki’s Fourth Symphony (12 April 2014)

    Conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, the London Philharmonic Orchestra presents the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Viola Concerto, performed by soloist Lawrence Power. Also part of the LPO’s season is the world premiere of Henryk Górecki’s last work, the much-anticipated Fourth Symphony, conducted by Andrey Boreyko.

  • LPO FUNharmonics presents two newly-commissioned works by Benjamin Wallfisch based on Roald Dahl’s stories (16 February 2014 & 11 May 2014)

    FUNharmonics, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s strand of family concerts, presents two new commissions by Benjamin Wallfisch based on Roald Dahl’s stories: conducted by David Angus and Stuart Stratford respectively, Yikes! Spikes! is based on The Porcupine (16 February 2014) and Noses is based on The Ant-Eater (11 May 2014).

  • Philharmonia Orchestra and Andris Nelsons present a complete Brahms’s Symphony and Concerto cycle (October 2013 – February 2014)

    One of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s main 2013/14 projects is Andris Nelsons conducting a complete Brahms Symphony and Concerto cycle over five concerts between October 2013 and February 2014. Opening with a performance of Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring soloist Hélène Grimaud (10 October 2013), the series continues with repertoire including Brahms’s Double Concerto in A minor with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff (13 October 2013), Piano Concerto No.2 with Hélène Grimaud (23 January 2014), Violin concerto with Christian Tetzlaff (20 February 2014), culminating with A German Requiem with soprano Annette Dasch and baritone James Rutherford, and Song of Destiny (23 February 2014).
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s new series Gamechangers features Semyon Bychkov’s conducting debut with the orchestra (8 April 2014) and Sir Simon Rattle in a performance of Haydn’s The Creation (6 May 2014)

    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s major 2013/14 series Gamechangers presents works that shaped the history of music and performers who are innovators on the music scene today. Highlights of the series include: a rare performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violoncello da Spalla featuring Sigiswald Kuijken playing the unusual instrument (25 March 2014); Semyon Bychkov’s conducting debut with the orchestra in a programme of Beethoven and Schubert (8 April 2014) and Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle returning to the Royal Festival Hall to conduct Haydn’s The Creation (6 May 2014).

  • London Sinfonietta presents the London premiere of Georg Freidrich Haas’s in vain as part of The Rest Is Noise (6 December 2013)

    Part of The Rest Is Noise Festival, on 6 December 2013 Southbank Centre Resident Orchestra London Sinfonietta and conductor André de Ridder present the long-overdue London premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s in vain. A modern masterpiece written in 2000, the work explores compositional language, extending it to microtonality, and features sections performed in pitch-black.

  • The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain performs music by Adès and Strauss (19 April 2014)

    Performing with their trademark energy and virtuosity, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain presents Thomas Adès’s Asyla and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.

    Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: “This season marks a new level of ambition for classical music at Southbank Centre, with the culmination of The Rest Is Noise, the world’s largest festival of 20th-century music, premieres of more than 30 commissions and, together with our Resident Orchestras and all our partners, our increasing determination to engage the public with great music. It also marks a new beginning as we return the fully-restored organ to the heart of the Royal Festival Hall and celebrate this important occasion with a festival of celebrity recitals, performances of large-scale orchestral and organ works and eight new works for organ.”

    Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome the return of some of the greatest classical music figures to Southbank Centre in our 2013/2014 season including Vladimir Jurowski, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Antonio Pappano, Claudio Abbado, Maria João Pires, Marin Alsop, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. This season covers a huge and diverse range of repertoire from organ commissions by Peter Maxwell Davies, Kaija Saariaho and John Tavener, to the UK premiere of Zappa’s 200 Motels and John Adams’ El Niño, as we continue in our mission to enable as many people as possible to come face-to-face with the world’s greatest musicians.”

    2013/14 SEASON PROGRAMME IN DETAIL

    SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S THE REST IS NOISE FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH A FOCUS ON THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY

    Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise Festival, a cultural and musical exploration of the 1900s told through 250 events – concerts, film screenings, talks, debates and exhibitions – throughout 2013, continues, charting the culture and history of the second half of the 20th century (1945 – 2000) from September to December. The second part of the festival includes the UK premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, the orchestral score for the 1971 musical surrealist film co written and directed by Zappa and Tony Palmer, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, members of Southbank Sinfonia with conductor Jurjen Hempel (29 October).

    As the Festival Principal Orchestral Partner, the London Philharmonic Orchestra devotes the start of its 13/14 season to the Festival. With Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski, the orchestra opens the second part of The Rest Is Noise with three Britten concerts marking the composer’s centenary. The programmes include: a concert performance of Peter Grimes (28 September 2013), rarely-heard orchestral and vocal music including movements from The Prince of the Pagodas and the Cello Symphony (2 October 2013), and War Requiem with Ian Bostridge (12 October 2013). Other highlights of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s repertoire as part of The Rest Is Noise include: Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting Poulenc’s Piano Concerto and Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony (23 October 2013) and a programme including Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 (26 October 2013); a programme including Gubaidulina’s Offertorium and Pärt’s Magnificat, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten and Berlin mass with conductor Toñu Kaljuste (6 November 2013); Jurowski conducting Dame Evelyn Glennie in MacMillan’s percussion concerto, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (7 December 2013) and, closing the Festival on 14 December 2013, Jurowski leads the orchestra in John Adams’s El Niño.

    As part of the Festival and the Shell Classic International series, Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Marin Alsop conducts São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a programme of ‘60s music featuring Berio’s Sinfonia with the Swingle Singers, Guarneri’s Symphony No.4 Brasília and Bernstein’s Symphonic dances from West Side Story (25 October 2013). Southbank Centre’s International Chamber Music Season also joins the Festival: Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble perform Music in 12 Parts (9 November 2013); the Colin Currie Group is joined by Steve Reich for an all-Reich programme including Come out, Music for pieces of wood, Pendulum music, culminating with Music for 18 Musicians (10 November); György and Márta Kurtág perform Kurtág’s works, including Hipartita with violinist Hiromi Kikuchi, Excerpts from Játékok and four-hand arrangements of works by Bach (1 December 2013). Part of Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series and of The Rest Is Noise, Tamara Stefanovich performs Ligeti’s Musica ricercata, Stockhausen’s Klavierstück IX, Messiaen’s Excerpts from Catalogue d’oiseaux and Boulez’s Sonata No.2 (6 October 2013). Also part of the Series and of the Festival, Andrew Zolinsky presents music by Wolff, Cage, Monk and Feldman (10 November 2013).

    Other highlights of the second part of The Rest Is Noise include rare London performances by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (4 October 2013), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (3 November 2013) and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (28 November); and the screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey with live accompaniment by Philharmonia Orchestra (7 October 2013).

    PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS FESTIVAL – AN ORGAN CELEBRATION

    Celebrating the full restoration and 60th anniversary of the Royal Festival Hall organ, Southbank Centre presents the month-long Pull Out All the Stops Festival, running from 18 March to 13 April 2014. To mark the return of the organ, Southbank Centre has commissioned eight new works: the festival will include new music by John Taverner, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lynette Wallworth, Martin Creed, Neil Hannon and Simon Holt, the latter a joint commission with the Royal College of Organists; a new organ concerto by Kaija Saariaho – a co-commission by Southbank Centre, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre National de Lyon – will be premiered in the UK with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 26 June 2014 and a new piece by Terry Riley, a Southbank Centre, Los Angeles Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin co-commission, will be performed in Autumn 2014. Opening the festival on 18 March will be a Gala Concert featuring performances by John Scott, Isabelle Demers, Jane Parker Smith and David Goode with Alison Balsom and a brass section formed by musicians from Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestras Philharmonia Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme for the gala evening will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Dupré and the world premiere of Tavener’s new commission, Monument to Beethoven, closing with the world premiere performance of a piece by Peter Maxwell Davies for organ, brass and youth choir. Other highlights of the festival are the London premiere of Judith Weir’s new work The Wild Reeds performed by Thomas Trotter and celebrity organ recitals including a performance by Olivier Latry.

    LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra continues its year-long exploration of 20thcentury music throughout 2013 as Principal Orchestral Partner of Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise Festival. From September to December, the Orchestra chronologically charts the seminal works that shaped the cultural and political landscape in the post-war world, with spotlights on Britten, Messiaen, Lutosławski, Arvo Pärt, John Adams and game-changing film scores. Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski opens the 2013/14 season with three Britten concerts marking the composer’s centenary. He conducts Peter Grimes (28 September), the War Requiem (12 October), and a concert of seldom-heard orchestral and vocal music including movements from Britten’s gamelan-influenced ballet, The Prince of the Pagodas and the Cello Symphony with Truls Mørk (2 Oct). To close the Festival, Jurowski conducts John Adams’s spectacular nativity oratorio from the year 2000, El Niño (14 December). The second part of the season sees a return to core repertoire, with the exception of two major world premieres – James MacMillan’s Viola Concerto, performed by the leading violist of his generation, Lawrence Power, and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (15 January), and Górecki’s eagerly-awaited Fourth Symphony conducted by Andrey Boreyko in his LPO debut (12 April). Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts two French organ masterpieces performed by James O’Donnell on the Royal Festival Hall’s newly-refurbished instrument – Saint-Saëns’s ‘Organ’ Symphony and Poulenc’s Organ Concerto – and is joined by leading soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci for Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été (26 March) before tackling Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (28 March). A host of distinguished pianists join the Orchestra: Mitsuko Uchida (16 April) and Leif Ove Andsnes (26 April) perform two of Beethoven’s great piano concertos – Nos. 3 and 5 respectively; Emanuel Ax performs Bach’s First Piano Concerto under David Zinman (19 March); and Marc-André Hamelin performs Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in an all-Russian programme led by Osmo Vänskä (19 February). The LPO’s popular FUNharmonics family series continues with three concerts in the Royal Festival Hall. Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide.

    to the Orchestra is brought to life (3 November) and Roald Dahl’s timeless stories provide inspiration for composer Benjamin Wallfisch’s new pieces specially commissioned by the LPO (16 February & 11 May).

    2013/14 SHELL CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL SERIES FEATURES THE RETURN OF CLAUDIO ABBADO, MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND ANTONIO PAPPANO, WHO CONDUCTS THE ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE ACADEMY OF SANTA CECILIA IN THEIR ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL DEBUT

    Bringing to London some of the most renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists, Southbank Centre’s 2013/14 Shell Classic International series features prestigious conducting returns and orchestral debuts. The Series opens on 1 October 2013 with the return of conducting legend Claudio Abbado. He leads Orchestra Mozart, making their UK debut, in a programme including Haydn’s Surprise Symphony and Mozart’s Linz Symphony together with his Piano Concerto No.9 with soloist Maria João Pires. A second performance by Orchestra Mozart, led by El Sistema graduate young Venezuelan conductor Diego Matheuz, features Maria João Pires once again as a soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 (3 October 2013). The evening also includes Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie Overture and Beethoven’s Eroica. On 25 October 2013, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Principal conductor Marin Alsop, Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre, perform a programme of ‘60s music as part of The Rest Is Noise festival. The evening features Berio’s Sinfonia with the Swingle Singers, Guarneri’s Symphony No.4 Brasília and Bernstein’s Symphonic dances from West Side Story. Returning to the Series after his performance with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2013 as part of The Rest Is Noise, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony in two concerts, marking the ensemble’s first appearance at Southbank Centre in 19 years: on 15 March 2014, the programme includes Ives’s The Alcotts from Piano sonata No.2 Concord arr. Henry Brant for orchestra, Adams’s Absolute Jest with the St Lawrence String Quartet and Belioz’s Symphonie fantastique; on 16 March 2014, Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.3 with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. Returning to Southbank Centre for the first time since 1998, Antonio Pappano conducts two performances with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, making their Series and Royal Festival Hall debut. Music Director of the Rome-based Academy, Pappano conducts a programme including excerpts from Beethoven’s Fidelio – Act 2, Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero and Beethoven’s 3rd and 4th movements from Symphony No.9. The evening features soprano Anita Watson, mezzo-soprano Veronica Simeoni, tenor Stuart Skelton and baritone Johan Reuter (17 May 2014). On 18 May 2014, he conducts the Orchestra and Chorus in Verdi’s Requiem with soprano Hibla Gerzmava, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk and tenor Joseph Calleja. Closing the series are two performances of theTeresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the national senior school age orchestra of the Venezuelan El Sistema, with young conductor Christian Vásquez. On 6 June 2014, the programme includes Berlioz’s Overture, Le Carnaval Romain, Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite (1919) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade; on 8 June 2014, the evening features Strauss’s Don Juan, Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No.2 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 Pathétique.

    PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

    The Philharmonia Orchestra opens its 2013/14 season with its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen leading a stellar cast in a performance of Berlioz’s electrifying opera-oratorio The Damnation of Faust. Other season highlights include: a complete Brahms Symphony and Concerto Cycle (October–February), conducted by Andris Nelsons, featuring soloists such as Hélène Grimaud and Christian Tetzlaff, and culminating in a performance of the German Requiem and Song of Destiny (23 February); and, marking Richard Strauss’s 150th Anniversary of birth, some of the Orchestra’s most significant conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi and Lorin Maazel, paying homage to the composer’s life and legacy. Elsewhere, in May 2014, the sensational young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša leads a series, Bohemian Legends, celebrating the musical legacy of Antonín Dvořák through his own music and the voices of the compatriot composers he particularly influenced, his son-in-law Josef Suk, and Leoš Janáček. Other key projects include a rare live screening of the epic 1927 film Napoléon with Carl Davis (30 November); the UK premiere of a new work for organ and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen (26 June); and John Wilson leading a semi-staged production of Die Fledermaus (27 April). The Orchestra is also delighted to welcome back artists including Gustavo Dudamel (14 November), Vladimir Ashkenazy (17 and 20 October; 1 April), Yuri Temirkanov (31 October, 31 May), Edward Gardner (3 April) and Tugan Sokhiev (12 December, 22 May). Composers featured in the Orchestra’s annual free contemporary music series, Music of Today, are Christophe Bertrand, Chris Paul Harman, Jonathan Harvey, Benedict Mason and Karin Rehnqvist. The Orchestra’s season closes on 29 June with a performance of Mahler’s epic Symphony of A Thousand conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

    The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Southbank Centre Season 2013-2014 launches with Gamechangers, a seven-part series featuring works which were pivotal in shaping musical history, and performers who are gamechangers in the music scene today. On 30 September 2013 Baroque legend William Christie conducts a programme including Rameau, who developed an entirely unique and unmatched Baroque style.

    The OAE’s season underlines the Orchestra’s ability to perform early repertoire through to new works by living composers, from a celebration of Corelli’s 300th anniversary (31 October 2013) with the 17th century composer’s music and a 21st century tribute composition by award winning composer Clare Connors; to late repertoire, seldom heard on period instruments including Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Debussy Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (20 February 2014). Rarely performed pieces feature this season such as Fantasio, Offenbach’s masterpiece (15 December 2013) and a long lost instrument, the fascinating Violoncello da Spalla, is rediscovered in another of the Gamechangers series led by Sigiswald Kuijken (25 March 2014). Concert hall conventions are thrown out and new audiences appealed to in The Night Shift and The Works and the ever popular TOTS and Family Concerts. The OAE is joined by outstanding performers including Principal Artists Sir Simon Rattle (6 May 2014) and Sir Mark Elder (15 December 2013); a debut by Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov, (8 April 2014); and the welcome return of mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly (15 December 2013), pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque (20 February 2014) and Robert Levin, who returns with his wife YaFei Chuang (26 November 2013) performing with the OAE for the first time.

    LONDON SINFONIETTA

    In Autumn 2013, the London Sinfonietta will bring the story of The Rest Is Noise right up to the present day. Written in 2000, Georg Freidrich Haas’s in vain will receive its London premiere on 6 December 2013 with the London Sinfonietta and conductor André de Ridder as part of The Rest Is Noise Festival. Another highlight of the Autumn season is the return of festival-in-a-day The New Music Show featuring a wide range of new works composed in the 21st century including the world premiere of a London Sinfonietta commission by Francisco Coll (8 December 2013).

    INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC SEASON

    Joining The Rest Is Noise in its exploration of 20th century music composed between 1945 and 2000, the first five concerts of the 2013/14 International Chamber Music Season are part of Southbank Centre’s year-long festival. Opening the season, Stockhausen’s electronic masterpiece Gesang der Jünglinge is presented in an evening also featuring percussionist and Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Colin Currie and pianist Nicolas Hodges performing Stockhausen’s Kontakte, and members of Aurora Orchestra presenting Boulez’s Le marteau sans maître with contralto Hilary Summers (5 October); Borodin Quartet performs a programme of Shostakovich’s Quartets, including the Eight (20 October 2013); Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble return to Southbank Centre for a rare performance of the American composer’s four-hour masterpiece Music in 12 Parts (9 November 2013); the acclaimed Colin Currie Group is joined by Steve Reich for a concert featuring his works Come out, Music for pieces of wood and Pendulum music, culminating in Music for 18 Musicians (10 November 2013); and György and Márta Kurtág present a programme of their own music (1 December 2013). From February 2014, ICMS includes: period-instrument string quartet Quatuor Mosaïques in a programme of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert (25 February 2014); violin virtuoso Nikolaj Znaider performs music by Schubert, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Brahms with pianist Robert Kulek (1 March 2014); Artemis Quartet’s series debut including Beethoven’s String Quartet in C sharp minor and Brahms’s String Quartet in C minor (11 March 2014); violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov in a programme of piano trios by Haydn, Beethoven and Schumann (25 April 2014); Steven Isserlis returning to the series with pianist Olli Mustonen performing music by Shostakovich, Sibelius, Prokofiev and including Mustonen’s Cello Sonata (8 May 2014); Benjamin Grosvenor and Endellion Quartet presenting Haydn’s String Quartet in G, Britten’s String Quartet No.1 and Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor (10 June 2014).

    INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES

    Southbank Centre’s 13/14 International Piano Series includes performances by some of the greatest names and the rising stars in the piano world. Returning to the series are Tamara Stefanovich presenting a programme of music by 20th century master composers including Ligeti’s Musica ricercata, Stockhausen’s Klavierstück IX, Messiaen’s Excerpts from Catalogue d’oiseaux and Boulez’s Sonata No.2 as part of The Rest Is Noise Festival (6 October 2013); the great Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini performing two recitals including music by Chopin, Debussy (18 February 2014) and Beethoven (2 April 2014); Nelson Freire making a much-anticipated return to Southbank Centre and the series to present a programme of Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Schumann (2 March 2014). Series debuts include Andrew Zolinsky performing works by late 20th century American composers: Christian Wolff’s For Piano 1 and Preludes Nos. 6, 9 and 11, Cage’s One, Meredith Monk’s Railroad and St Petersburg Waltz and Morton Feldman’s Palais de mari as part of The Rest Is Noise (10 November 2013); Gabriela Montero, also appearing as part of Southbank Centre’s WOW: Women of the World Festival, in a recital including Robert Schumann’s Fantasie in C, his wife Clara’s Sonata in G minor and an improvised set (5 March 2014); rising star young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili presenting music by Brahms, Liszt and Stravinsky (4 June 2014). Other highlights include: Cédric Tiberghien in a programme of Liszt, Szymanowski and Ravel (30 October 2013); Paul Lewis presenting presenting Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (4 February 2014) and young Italian pianist Federico Colli making his Southbank Centre recital debut with a programme including music by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann (22 April 2014).

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