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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Barbican announces new ensemble relationships

12:16, 10th November 2017

The Barbican has revealed two new international relationships and extended an existing partnership, as well as expanding its International Associates programme to Milton Court Concert Hall.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel will become an International Orchestral Partner, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra will become an International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will continue its Barbican relationship as International Associate Ensemble.

Dudamel and the LA Phil will begin their three-season tenure as International Orchestral Partner in 2019/20. They will undertake annual extended residencies in London, including concerts, creative learning programmes, collaborations and partnerships.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) will begin its tenure as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in the 2018/19 season, following ACO artistic director and lead violinist Richard Tognetti’s performances as the first ever Milton Court artist-in-residence in the 2016/17 season. Future ACO residencies at Milton Court will include a mix of standard repertoire, contemporary programming, multi-media, electronica and non-classical projects, as well as collaborations with Guildhall School of Music & Drama musicians.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) will continue and extend its existing relationship with the Barbican as International Associate Ensemble, tapping into Barbican programming themes and maintaining its high-profile learning work. JLCO’s next residency runs from 27 February – 1 March 2018, and will celebrate Benny Goodman and Leonard Bernstein. A third concert as part of the 2018 residency sees young musicians from the Guildhall Big Band and the Young Jazz Big Band come together at Milton Court Concert Hall in a showcase of what could be the future of Jazz. The 2018 residency will also feature workshops and masterclasses.

Huw Humphreys, Head of Music at the Barbican said the partnerships would take the Barbican’s International Associates strategy ‘to the next stage’ through ‘innovative programming and commissioning, pioneering learning work and the chance to engage in the Barbican’s unique cross-arts environment.’

He added: ‘We are excited to be working towards future Barbican visits from our current International Associates the New York Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as expanding the number of other world-class symphony orchestras visiting our hall, which include the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Orchestra of La Scala this season. This will ensure an outstanding and varied visiting orchestral offer for our audiences in future seasons.’

Launched in 2010, the Barbican’s International Associates programme has formed the backbone of its orchestral programming alongside its Resident and Associate Orchestras and Ensembles.

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