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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Guildhall School announces autumn 2017 season

3:50, 1st August 2017

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s autumn 2017 season includes the launch of the Guildhall Studio Orchestra, performances of Menotti’s The Consul, and a concert curated by alumnus Thomas Adès.

Guildhall musicians will join the London Symphony Orchestra for an LSO On Track concert as part of a ten-day festival to mark Sir Simon Rattle becoming music director of the LSO and artist-in-association with the Barbican and Guildhall School, and the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra will perform under Vassily Sinaisky, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Adrian Leaper.

A concert with pianist, composer and arranger Dave Arch will launch the Guildhall Studio Orchestra. The genre-fluid and multi-disciplinary ensemble places students next to professional musicians in a side-by-side setup, with commissioned repertoire from some of today’s leading arrangers.

The alumni recital series will feature a concert celebrating The Flautadors’ 20th anniversary, the return of ‘Guitar Spectacular’, and the world premiere of The Nutcracker and I, a new multimedia concert by Alexandra Dariescu.

Pianist and Guildhall professor Iain Burnside will present his new music theatre piece, Swansong, which intersperses the 14 songs from Schubert’s Schwanengesang with monologues from six different characters. The piece, which aims to shed new light on the song cycle, will be performed by Guildhall singers, pianists and actors.

Canadian Brass will lead a day of masterclasses before presenting a wide-ranging programme, with repertoire ranging from baroque and Dixieland to new works and arrangements. Other artists leading masterclasses include Levon Chilingirian, Kathryn Stott, Julius Drake and Yvonne Kenny.

Decoda, the Guildhall School’s resident ensemble in creative performance, will explore the expression and interaction of voices in a faculty artists series concert, from the counterpoint in Bach’s ‘Musical Offering’ sonata to Crumb’s Voice of the Whale.

Collaborations this season include five LSO Platforms and two lunchtime concerts given as part of BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion days.


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