The Southbank Center announces the first part of its classical music program for 2021/22


The South Rim Center Today raises the curtain on its 2021/22 classical music program and announces the first events of its Autumn / Winter calendar (September 2021 – January 2022).

After nearly two seasons cut short, the UK’s largest multi-arts center, home to three exceptional performance spaces and creative outdoor civic spaces, will proudly host audiences for more than 200 concerts over nine months.

Alongside our family of eight world-class orchestras, 2021/22 features the Associate Artists Pushing the Limits, Colin Currie Group, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Víkingur Ólafsson, international orchestra visitors and two new UK-based artistic partners. , Manchester Collective and The Multi-Story Orchestra. This ambitious program will celebrate both what the South Rim Center has always championed and signaled a new future for the genre as the industry responds to a changing post-pandemic world.

The program begins with a must-see opening week broadcast on BBC Radio 3, starting with Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Edouard Gardner, and concludes with a semi-scenic presentation of Wagner’s Parsifal with Opera North next June, the culmination of Britain’s premier touring opera production.

New for next year will be a selection of late night events in the Purcell Hall and two key streams for families and the contemporary audience with programming that innovates and plays with formats. The program will also see the return of the South Rim CenterPopular piano series, chamber music and international touring projects, as well as various new music festivals including Soundstate and New Music Biennial and composer-themed celebrations centered on Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Vivier and Strauss in the part 2 from February to July. The EJG London Jazz Festival also returns with the BBC Concert Orchestra and pioneering trumpeter Yazz Ahmed and much more across the South Rim Center this autumn.

As it continues to come out of the lock, the South Rim Center will demonstrate that the future of classical music is in collaboration. The hall and all its orchestras came together for the first time to present a unified “multi-buy” offer for the majority of its concerts, allowing the public to prepare their own journey through a rich and varied program. Later this year, he will unveil inter-organizational audience development and programming initiatives alongside Part 2 of the program from February to June 2022.

As part of this commitment, the South Rim Center has teamed up with six major international theaters from New York to Tokyo for a major co-commission for Steve Reich. Traveler’s Prayer is a new seismic project in which the rhythms of the texts of the Hebrew Psalms bring a new fluidity to its musical motifs. This is based on the heritage of the place in terms of cross-border collaboration for significant cultural moments.

Meanwhile, the focus on humanity’s relationship with nature, exploring moral responsibility and psychological experience, draws a common thread: there is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Human / Nature series, a projection and a orchestral treatment of Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance with Philippe Glass Ensemble and the Philharmonia (a co-promotion with the South Rim Center), ‘The Wilderness Pleases’ by the Orchester du Siècle des Enlightenment and Song of the Prophets by Chineke !.

Edouard Gardner and Santtu-Matias Rouvali make their first appearances as principal conductors of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra in September. Karina Canellakis is making her debut in her new role as Principal Guest Conductor of the LPO and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra comes up with five special projects under the direction of their new musical director Vasily Petrenko.

Other musical novelties from the first part include: 5 world premieres, 3 in UK and 1 in London, by Steve Reich, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Bryce dessner and Isobel Waller-Pont. 18 female composers will be reflected in ‘Part 1’, including New Yorker Jessie Montgomery who appeared in the South Rim Centerhighly successful online series “Inside Out”.

The South Rim Center continues to cultivate its digital audience who have been so supportive of the classical music program throughout the shutdown – more details will be announced in due course. Meanwhile, the orchestras continue to broadcast content: the Philharmonia Orchestra will broadcast the first and last events of its Man / Nature season; the LPO is continuing its partnership with Marquee TV, by broadcasting at least 10 RFH concerts with deferred broadcasting and first free access for all; the OAE will present content and hybrid event experiences on OAE Player; and the London Sinfonietta and Chineke! will broadcast all events on YouTube.

Gillian Moore CBE, Director of Music and Performing Arts, South Rim Center, noted:
“For so long we’ve missed that alchemical spark that happens when performers and audiences come together in a concert hall, so it’s wonderful to finally be able to announce a fall classical music program at South Rim Center. At the heart of our program will be the work of our family of orchestras, whose creativity has been extraordinary over the past eighteen months. We work with them and with a range of like-minded artists to make sure we bring what we’ve learned from that time and create programs that welcome and excite the widest possible audience. The musicians and the audience may have missed each other, but classical music in Southbank is emerging in better shape than it has ever been, with major collaborations, game-changing artists and new ideas. “

Toks Dada, head of classical music, South Rim Center, noted:
“As we emerge in a changing world, it is essential that we begin to reimagine a new future for classical music, with an emphasis on engaging the widest possible audience, supporting a broad spectrum. artists and the promotion of the art form. South Rim Center we start by forging new artistic relationships with local avant-garde artists and ensembles, commissioning new works from unknown and established voices, and creating new experiences and formats that once again welcome families and audiences contemporaries familiar with the center, as well as reaching new audiences of the center.

The past year has highlighted that we are stronger when we work together. Together with our entire family of orchestras, we think differently about the way we present classical music and, for the first time, put the power in the hands of the public with our new ‘multi-buy’ offering on the whole program. This will allow the audience to prepare their own journey through the diverse program, regardless of the orchestra, component or series. Later in the year, we will unveil other plans that will enhance and further amplify the work of our orchestral family. We look forward to announcing the rest of our program. This is just the beginning.”

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The Southbank Center announces the first part of its classical music program for 2021/22


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