Wednesday 6 April 2022

New head of classical music, new resident ensembles: Southbank Centre launches its 2022/23 season

Manchester Collective at the Soutbank Centre (Photo: Vic Frankowski)
Manchester Collective at the Soutbank Centre (Photo: Vic Frankowski)

The Southbank Centre's recently announced Autumn/Winter 2022/23 classical music season is its first under the new head of classical music, Toks Dada. There are two new resident ensembles; Aurora Orchestra and Chineke! Orchestra join the existing group of resident orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra. Resident artists for the season include cellist Abel Selaocoe, violinist Daniel Pioro, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson and Manchester Collective. There will be a day celebrating the music of Xenakis (8 October 2022), whilst the Emerson Quartet bring to an end their year-long exploration of Shostakovich's quartets.

The opening weekend, 22 to 25 September features a positive cornucopia of events including 

  • Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in John Adams with soloist Víkingur Ólafsson, plus music by Anna Clyne and Mahler
  • organist Iveta Apkalna, principal organist of the Elbphilharmonie, plays the RFH organ
  • pianists Graham Fitkin, Kathryn Stott, Clare Hammond and Ruth Wall perform music for eight hands including Steve Reich, Unsuk Chin, John Adams, Anna Meredith, and a new work by Fitkin
  • Bjarte Eike and Barokksolistene with Mary Bevan present one of their Alehouse Sessions
  • Pararochestra performs Steve Reich
  • Edward Gardner conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder
  • the Manchester Collective presents a multimedia production by Michael Gordon
  • the weekend ends with the Philharmonia Orchestra and violinist Caroline Widmann in Korngold's Violin Concerto, plus music by George Walker and Mahler, whilst cellist Abel Selaocoe begins his residency with a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Full information from the Southbank Centre's website.

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