Thursday 12 December 2013

Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic residency

Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic at the Barbican in 2011  photo Mark Allen
Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic
at the Barbican in 2011, photo Mark Allen
Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic will be coming to London in 2015 for an extended residency which sees the collaboration between the Barbican Centre and the South Bank Centre. Following on from the success of the orchestra's London concert series in 2011, they will be in London for a week from 10 to 15 February 2015. The concerts in London will also mark Simon Rattle's 60th birthday and he has chosen music of particular significance to him, performing Sibelius, Mahler and Helmut Lachenmann.

There will be a complete cycle of Sibelius symphonies at the Barbican (10, 11, 12 February 2015) celebrating the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth and violinist Leonidas Kavakos will join the orchestra for Sibelius's Violin Concerto. At the South Bank Centre there will be two performances of Mahler's Symphony No.2 Resurrection with Kate Royal, Magdalena Kozena, the London Symphony Chorus and City of Birmingham Chorus, performed alongside Helmut Lachenmann's Tableau, plus a famiy concert and a performance by the Philharmonic Octet Berlin performing Nielsen, Berwald and Schubert (13, 14,15 February 2015)

During the residency, the Barbican and South Bank Centre will also join forces to bring together a young mixed ability orchestra working with local music hubs in London. As well as making music as a large orchestra and in a range of other formats the young people will have the chance to debate the value of music in society, and explore the music that the Berlin Philharmonic will be performing. This will culminate in two performances, one at each venue, led by Sir Simon Rattle.

Further information and ticket information from the London Residency website.

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