The organ is also 60 this year. A large and sometimes tricky instrument it will be interesting to hear how a new generation of organists come to grips with it, and fascinating to hear the instrument at full pelt in the revised acoustics of the Royal Festival Hall.
There are also a rash of orchestra concerts in which the organ participate, including the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Janacek's Glagolitic Mass, and Saariaho's Maan Varjot (Earth's Shadows), as well as classics such as the Poulenc Organ Concerto and Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. More left field, Carmeron Carpenter will be improvising an accompaniment to the 1920 film The Cabinet of Dr. Cagliari
There are two weekends of talks, workshops and activities (22-23, 29-20 March) as well as an exhibition King of Instruments which runs 18 March to 13 April. Further information from the South Bank Centre website.
Elsewhere on this blog:
- The Lonely City: The Platinum Consort, Scott Inglis-Kidger
- 30th birthday: John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers
- Rokoko: Max Emanuel Cencic in arias by Hasse
- Rosenblatt Recitals: Giuseppe Filianoti
- Second view: ETO' Magic Flute
- Theatrical magic: Jonathan Dove's Pinocchio
- CPE Bach Centenary: CPE Bach's Magnificat from RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - CD review
- ETO: Mozart's Magic Flute at Hackney Empire
- CPE Bach Centenary: Florilegium CPE Bach anniversary concert
- Poised and stylish: Arise my muse - Iestyn Davies & friends - CD review
- Imaginative and unfussy: Handel''s Arianna at the London Handel Festival