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The London Philharmonic Orchestra return to Southbank Centre as resident orchestra alongside London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra

Melissa Bradshaw

Southbank Centre: January’s classical highlights

4:10, 2nd December 2019

January 2020 will mark the beginning of two new major concert series’ at London’s Southbank Centre, which will run throughout the year.

Beethoven 250 celebrates the composer’s 250th birthday year with a line-up of over 20 concerts in spring 2020, beginning with Sir Roger Norrington conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and No. 3 (28 Jan).

Shankar 100 also begins in the New Year, marking the centenary of the birth of the Indian musician, composer and educator Ravi Shankar. The London Philharmonic Orchestra opens the series with a semi-staged performance of Shankar’s only opera Sukanya with libretto by Amit Chaudhuri. David Murphy conducts with direction by Suba Das, and Susannah Hurrell sings the title role (15 Jan).

Further highlights for January include:

  • Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra perform Mozart’s Piano Concertos No. 17 in G and 22 in E flat alongside an arrangement of Jörg Widmann’s second String Quartet (31 Jan)
  • Southbank Centre’s HAYWARDxMUSIC series complementing Hayward Gallery’s major retrospective of the paintings of Bridget Riley (until 26 Jan) continues with performances from guitarist Sean Shibe (10 Jan), the London Contemporary Orchestra and organist Claire M Singer (17 Jan)
  • Pianist Noriko Kawai plays James Dillon’s The Book of Elements for piano (19 Jan) and pianist Denis Kozhukhin performs works by Beethoven, Schubert, Grieg and Ravel (29 Jan)
  • Philharmonia Orchestra opens its year-long series celebrating its 75th anniversary with a concert centred on the orchestra’s founding year, and the world premiere of a horn concerto by Mark-Anthony Turnage in a programme inspired by the famous French horn players linked to the orchestra including Richard Watkins, who joins for a performance (16 & 19 Jan)
  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Fauré’s Requiem conducted by Bertrand de Billy, with organist James O’Donnell, soprano Katerina Tretyakova, baritone Stéphane Degout and the London Philharmonic Choir in a concert that also features Poulenc’s Seven Tenebrae Responses and Organ Concerto (18 Jan)
  • London Sinfonietta revisits music of the past 100 years under the baton of Thierry Fischer (22 Jan)
  • Southbank’s associate orchestra BBC Concert Orchestra is joined by Guy Barker, Kurt Elling, Ian Shaw, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Clarke Peters and Jeff Ward for the UK premiere of Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind (31 Jan)


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