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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Southbank Sinfonia reveals 2018/19 season

3:51, 8th February 2018

The Southbank Sinfonia’s 2018/19 season includes works by more than 20 female composers and concerts with five female conductors.

The ensemble will give the inaugural symphonic performance at London’s new Bridge Theatre, offering the audience the chance to sit inside Schumann’s third symphony, and will present three concerts at the newly-renovated Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Its Free Rush Hour Concerts will feature more #ConcertLab sessions, asking questions about how classical music is presented: a highlight involves blindfolding the entire audience.

The Sinfonia will visit Germany for the first time to perform at Berlin’s historic Konzerthaus, and will give its debut performance at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.

It will also collaborate with Anna Meredith on a new orchestral version of her album Varmints and present the world premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new piano concerto.

Other highlights include performances with Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Allegri Quartet and Gabor Takács-Nagy; concerts at Walton’s island home of Ischia, and at its annual Tuscan festival in Anghiari; and performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis in central London.


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