Southbank Center announces spring / summer classical music program for 2021/22


After the return of classical music concerts in September, today the South Rim Center unveils its Spring / Summer program (February – June 2022), showcasing remarkable projects by great artists, inspiring world premieres and inventive ways to look at modern masterpieces.

This spring / summer program builds on the fall / winter, which saw BBC Radio 3 broadcast a week of concerts sharing live music with audiences beyond the South Rim Center, including exciting inaugural concerts by new Principal Conductors Edouard Gardner with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvali with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Artist residencies continue, featuring innovative artists. After the start of their year South Rim Center residency, Manchester Collective appears with South African cellist Abel Selaocoe (April 24, 2022), presenting a program of new works by Selaocoe alongside music from South Africa, Mali and the Ivory Coast. In the last concert of the 2021/22 season, the ensemble will perform music from a wide range of composers, including Steve Reich, David Lang, Hannah peel, Julius Eastman and the world premiere of a new work by Lyra Pramuk co-commissioned by Manchester Collective and the South Rim Center (May 14, 2022). Associate artist Patricia Kopatchinskaja appears with the Budapest Festival Orchestra (February 17, 2022) and the Aurora Orchestra (June 24, 2022), and the BBC Concert Orchestra will perform a new work by the associated artist Bryce dessner (March 9, 2022) before Bryce dessner returns later in the year with a special project featuring Marielle Labèque, Katia Labèque and David Chalmin performing music by Dessner himself alongside works by Timo Andrés and Hildur Guðnadóttir (June 2, 2022). Bramwell Tovey leads the BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (June 1, 2022).

In the context of contemporary editing, the South Rim Center presents a weekend focused on the music of Canadian composer Claude Vivier (May 6-8, 2022), featuring Soundstreams and London Sinfonietta. SoundState (March 30-April 3, 2022) is also part of the contemporary edition, with Monk Meredith and Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Arditti Quartet and three of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s resident orchestras (with the UK premiere of Rebecca Saunders’ Piano Concerto), Philharmonia Orchestra (performing music by Liza Lim conducted by Manoj Kamps with Claire Chase) and the London Sinfonietta (presenting a world premiere by George lewis).

Following the launch of our new family series, resident and associate orchestras present events such as OAE TOTS and LPO FUNharmonics (February 13), OAE TOTS: The King of the Sea (May 29) and the Philharmonia Orchestra performs the London premiere. of Jonathan doveGaspard’s Foxtrot (February 16) with other events to be announced later in the year.

Ambitious and exceptional projects take place throughout the second half of the year, both by international orchestras and artists, chamber ensembles, great pianists and resident and associate orchestras. The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer will present a two-day residency on Stravinsky’s ballet music (including nightly performances in the Clore Ballroom) (17 – 18 February 2022). In a major pan-London collaboration with the Barbican; Andris Nelsons: The Strauss Project takes place in May 2022 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons performing at the Royal Festival Hall (May 12-13, 2022). The South Rim Center Also welcomes the Emerson String Quartet again to begin the full cycle of Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets in 5 concerts over the next two years before their retirement at the end of the 2022/23 season (March 16-18, 2022). The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment presents the complete cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos with Sir András Schiff (June 6-9, 2022) and Tamara Stefanovich performs a marathon of 20 sonatas through 3 concerts in one day (February 27, 2022) .

The South Rim Center continues to welcome top pianists including Maurizio Pollini for a special 80th anniversary recital (March 1, 2022), Yuja wang (April 20, 2022), Kirill Gerstein (May 25) and Mitsuko Uchida appear, both in recital (April 29, 2022) and with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as she performs / conducts a music program by Webern and Mozart (5 February 2022).

Finally, the year ends as it begins, with an opera on an epic scale as we welcome Opera North in Wagner’s Parsifal (June 26, 2022).

Orchestras continue to broadcast digital content ensuring that classical music is accessible to everyone: the Philharmonia Orchestra will broadcast two concerts: Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; the LPO continues its two-year digital residency with Marquee TV, showing concerts at the Royal Festival Hall with delayed airing and 48-hour free initial access for all; the OAE will present content and hybrid event experiences on OAE Player; the London Sinfonietta will continue to post high quality concert films on YouTube throughout the season; and Chineke! will film their performances for future streaming.

As previously announced, the South Rim Center and all of its orchestras continue to collaborate to present a unified “multi-buy” ticket offering, allowing audiences to prepare their own journey through the rich and varied program, regardless of orchestra, component or series.

Gillian Moore CBE, Director of Music and Performing Arts at South Rim Center, noted:

“We are committed to bringing the most exciting and forward-looking artists into our spaces at South Rim Center. This includes the dynamism of our resident orchestras as they enter a new year with their new conductors and innovators such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Iván Fisher and Tamara Stefanovich. Classical music is more necessary than ever and is entering an exciting new phase. “

Toks Dada, head of classical music at South Rim Center, noted:

“We continue to build on an exciting return to classical music, with an emphasis on engaging the widest possible audience and supporting a wide range of artists through artist residencies and new orders. As we continue to reopen, we are also presenting ambitious projects, specific to the South Rim Center, which fill our spaces and immerse the audience in music.

We believe collaboration is increasingly important to ensure great music, and great artists continue to perform on our stages. With this in mind, we are delighted to be working with our resident and associate orchestras and partners such as Opera North on major projects and festivals throughout the year, in addition to joining forces across London with our friends from across London. Barbican. The future really is in collaboration. “

For South Rim Center the reservation for members opens at 10 a.m. on November 9. General reservations will be made from 10 a.m. on November 11.


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