Thursday 2 January 2014

January on the South Bank

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
January on the South Bank includes the premiere of James MacMillan's Viola Concerto, a visit to an 18th century Italian conversazione with Sounds Baroque, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment celebrating CPE Bach and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui collaborating with an all-male Coriscan vocal ensemble.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski are giving the world premiere of James MacMillan's Viola Concerto with soloist Lawrence Power (15 January), along with Mahler's Symphony no. 6. Jurowski also conducts the orchestra in Hartmann's Concerto funebre with music by Bach and Beethoven (22 January)

Sounds Baroque directed by Julian Perkins, with soprano Anna Dennis and counter-tenor Andrew Radley present a programme entitled Duelling Cantatas which conjures up one of the 18th century Italian conversazione with music by Gasparini, Handel, Corelli, both Scarlattis and Caldara (27 January). The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment present a programme of music by CPE Bach, with Mahan Esfahani on harpsichord, Danny Driver on forte piano, conducted by Rebecca Miller including CPE Bach's Concerto in E flat for harpsichord and fortepiano. (30 January)

The Park Lane Group are presenting their Young Artists New Year series entitled The Future Starts Here! with a range of young artists in music by George Benjamin, Joe Cutler, Mark Anthony Turnage, Brian Elias, Nicola Lefanu, Elizabeth Maconchy, Giles Swayne, Christobal Halffter (6 January - 10 January).

In Apocrifu, Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui uses the language of the body to explore religious texts, accompanied by remarkable polyphonic singing from all-male Corsican vocal ensemble A Filetta (24 and 25 January). Cherkaoui will be performing with Yasuyuki Shuto, a classical dancer from the Ballet of Tokyo, and Dimitri Jourde, a contemporary dancer and circus artist.

And free events include guitar virtuoso Agustín 'El Bola' Carbonell's new London-based flamenco-jazz quintet (24 January)

Further information from the South Bank Centre website.

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