(L-R) Jasper Parrott with conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paavo Jarvi, Elim Chan & Santtu-Matias Rouvali
HarrisonParrott celebrates 50th anniversary11:45, 7th October 2019
HarrisonParrott yesterday (6 October 2019) celebrated its 50th anniversary by taking over London’s Southbank Centre for ’50 Years in a Day’, a day of concerts, talks and pop-up performances.
Three concerts anchored the day: ‘Brahms, Chopin, Debussy’ featuring a programme from six HarrisonParrott artists including saxophonist Jess Gillam, cellist István Várdai, pianist Alice Sara Ott and counter-tenor Andreas Scholl; ‘From Bach to Birtwistle’ featuring the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ violin duo ‘For Lydia’, with performers including trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, cellist Alban Gerhardt, soprano Barbara Hannigan, pianist Tamara Stefanovich and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja; and ‘One Orchestra, Four Great Conductors’ featuring Vladimir Ashkenazy, who has been with the company since its founding, conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall alongside Elim Chan, Paavo Järvi and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
‘Our day of performances and talks is not just a way of looking back over the past 50 years, but more importantly it’s a day of celebrating what HarrisonParrott is today and our future,’ chairman Jasper Parrott comments. ‘The day encapsulates much of what HarrisonParrott represents, with artists who have been with us from the beginning to our very latest signings; from established great repertoire to new commissions and a wide variety of musical styles.’
The day also celebrated the launch of the HarrisonParrott Foundation and its work with partners Tri-Borough Music Hub and Creative Access. A series of performances, masterclasses, talks and educational workshops will take place as part of the charitable foundation, many with HarrisonParrott musicians such as Susan Bullock and Jess Gillam.