Monday 19 December 2022

Seven world premieres, 19 concerts at its home base, 14 guest conductors: Southbank Sinfonia's 20th birthday celebrations continue

Southbank Sinfonia at St John's Smith Square
Southbank Sinfonia at St John's Smith Square

Southbank Sinfonia continues its 20th anniversary year with a Spring/Summer 2023 season that includes 19 concerts in its St John's Smith Square home, working with 14 guest conductors and including seven world premieres. Things kick off on 19 January 2023 when Owain Park conducts a programme that includes Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3, plus music by Diana Burrell, John Woolrich and Javier Alvarez. Also in January, Mark Forkgen conducts an all-Beethoven concert with Symphony No.7 and Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Robert Taub, and Nicholas Daniel conducts Mozart's Serenade in B flat (for 12 wind instruments plus double bass) alongside Mark Simpson's Geysir.

Further ahead, Lee Reynolds conducts Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in a side-by-side performance with students from Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, and Toby Thatcher conducts world premiere of new commissions by four of Nonclassical's associate composers, Emily Abdy, Atefeh Einali, Elischa Kaminer, and Simon Knighton, and there is an evening celebrating London-based American composer Stephen Montague. Conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy returns to conduct a Rhine themed concert with music by Schumann and Brahms.

As well as evening concerts, there are four Rush Hour concerts too, including Gabriella Teychenné conducting Grazyna Bacewicz, Anna Clyne and Haydn. The orchestra travels to the Vatican in April, when Simon Over conducts a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the Parliament Choir.

Full details from Southbank Sinfonia's website.

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