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2020/21 London Season

Adventures in music: a season brimming with stories at London’s Southbank Centre, from Nordic legends to Old Testament dramas.

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There are stories to seduce and to shock, epic choral masterpieces, opium- fuelled dreams and chivalric fantasies. The Season features some of the greatest artists in classical music: conductor Riccardo Muti, violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Yuja Wang.

Come and join us for a year of adventures in music.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen
Concert

Origin Stories: Prometheus

Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Yuja Wang – piano
Philharmonia Voices

  • Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus (excerpts)
  • Scriabin Prometheus: The Poem of Fire
Royal Festival Hall

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Isabelle Faust
Concert

Hrůša conducts Britten and Barber

Jakub Hrůša  – conductor
Isabelle Faust – violin

  • Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • Britten Violin Concerto
  • Barber Adagio for Strings
  • Barber Symphony No. 1
Royal Festival Hall

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Jan Lisiecki
Concert

Järvi conducts Mozart and Mahler

Paavo Järvi – conductor
Jan Lisiecki – piano

  • Schmidt Notre Dame Intermezzo
  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20
  • Mahler Symphony No. 9
Royal Festival Hall

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Isata Kanneh-Mason
Concert

Brahms and the Schumanns

James Gaffigan – conductor
Isata Kanneh-Mason – piano

  • Robert Schumann Manfred Overture
  • Clara Schumann Piano Concerto
  • Brahms Symphony No. 1
Royal Festival Hall

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Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Simone Menezes – conductor

  • Sky Macklay Microvariations (European premiere)
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir Aequilibria (UK premiere)
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir Hrím (UK premiere)
Purcell Room

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Concert

Santtu conducts Beethoven and Shostakovich

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Lars Vogt – piano

  • Beethoven Overture, Leonore No. 3
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 12
Royal Festival Hall

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Louis Schwizgebel
Concert

Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Artists to include:

John Wilson – conductor
Louis Schwizgebel – piano
Božidar Smiljanić – bass-baritone

  • Gershwin Cuban Overture
  • Ravel Piano Concerto in G
  • Walton Belshazzar’s Feast
Royal Festival Hall

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Elim Chan
Concert

Elim Chan: Rachmaninov & Sibelius

Elim Chan – conductor
Sergey Khachatryan – violin

  • Grieg Two Elegiac Melodies
  • Sibelius Violin Concerto
  • Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Royal Festival Hall

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Marie-Elisabeth Hecker
Concert

Beethoven's Fifth

Conductor to be confirmed
Antje Weithaas – violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker – cello
Martin Helmchen – piano

  • Beethoven Coriolan Overture
  • Beethoven Triple Concerto
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Royal Festival Hall

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Herbert Blomstedt
Concert

Blomstedt conducts Bruckner

Herbert Blomstedt – conductor

  • Bruckner Symphony No. 8
Royal Festival Hall

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Tabita Berglund
Concert

Nordic Legends

Tabita Berglund – conductor
Håvard Gimse – piano

  • Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
  • Grieg Piano Concerto
  • Sibelius Lemminkäinen Legends
Royal Festival Hall

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Riccardo Muti
Concert

Riccardo Muti conducts Verdi's Requiem

Riccardo Muti – conductor
Asmik Grigorian – soprano
Anita Rachvelishvili – mezzo soprano
Francesco Meli – tenor
Riccardo Zanellato – bass
Philharmonia Chorus

  • Verdi Requiem
Royal Festival Hall

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Philharmonia Orchesrtra performing at Royal Festival Hall
Concert

Christmas at the Movies

Programme to include:
The Snowman
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Home Alone
and many more festive favourites…

Royal Festival Hall

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Philharmonia Orchestra on stage at Royal Festival Hall
Concert

Grand Christmas Classics

Programme to include:
GRUBER Silent Night
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker Suite
RUTTER Candlelight Carol
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia On Christmas Carols
WILBERG Joy to the World
Plus carols for all

Royal Festival Hall

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Esa-Pekka Salonen
Concert

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Sibelius

Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Yefim Bronfman – piano

  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir Metacosmos
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Sibelius Symphony No. 2
Royal Festival Hall

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Irene Theorin
Concert

Origin Stories: Strauss's Elektra

Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Iréne Theorin – soprano (Elektra)
Lise Davidsen – soprano (Chrysothemis)
Anna Larsson – mezzo-soprano (Klytemnestra)
Alan Oke – tenor (Aegisth)
Peixin Chen – baritone (Orest)
Philharmonia Voices

  • Strauss Elektra
Royal Festival Hall

Rafael Payare
Concert

Dreamers and Adventurers

Rafael Payare – conductor
Alisa Weilerstein – cello

  • Strauss Don Quixote
  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Royal Festival Hall

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Laurence Equilbey
Concert

Mendelssohn and Friends

Laurence Equilbey – conductor
Sunwook Kim – piano

  • Weber Overture, Oberon
  • Robert Schumann Piano Concerto
  • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 (Italian)
Royal Festival Hall

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Gaspard the fox
Family concert

Gaspard's Foxtrot

Holly Mathieson – conductor
Zeb Soanes – narrator
James Mayhew – live illustration

  • Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
  • Jonathan Dove Gaspard's Foxtrot (London premiere)
Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Photo of composer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey
Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey – conductor; drums

  • George Lewis The Will to Adorn (UK premiere)
  • Tyshawn Sorey Autoschediasms (UK premiere)
  • Tyshawn Sorey For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield (European premiere)
Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson

Víkingur Ólafsson – piano

Bent Sørensen Papillons (UK premiere of complete work)
Edmund Finnis New work for solo piano

Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Pablo Heras-Casado
Concert

Shostakovich and Prokofiev

Pablo Heras-Casado – conductor
Simon Trpčeski – piano

  • Prokofiev Symphony No. 1, Classical
  • Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Royal Festival Hall

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Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Bryce Dessner

Robin O’Neill – conductor

  • Bryce Dessner The Forest for cello ensemble (UK premiere)
  • Bryce Dessner Lachrimae for strings (UK premiere)
Purcell Room

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Ha-Na Chang
Concert

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Han-Na Chang – conductor
Daniel Lozakovich – violin

  • Sofia Gubaidulina Fairytale Poem
  • Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Royal Festival Hall

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Philippe Herreweghe
Concert

Herreweghe conducts Brahms

Philippe Herreweghe – conductor
Paul Lewis – piano

  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Brahms Symphony No. 4
Royal Festival Hall

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Concert

Santtu conducts Carmina Burana

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Mari Eriksmoen – soprano
Brett Sprague – tenor
Marcus Farnsworth – baritone
Philharmonia Chorus

  • Shostakovich Suite for Variety Orchestra (Jazz Suite No. 2)
  • Orff Carmina Burana
Royal Festival Hall

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Juraj Valcuha
Concert

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Juraj Valčuha – conductor
Markus Werba – baritone

  • Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer
  • Mahler Symphony No. 1
Royal Festival Hall

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Joshua Bell, credit Phillip Knott
Concert

Joshua Bell plays Brahms

Lahav Shani – conductor
Joshua Bell – violin

  • Brahms Violin Concerto
  • Bruckner Symphony No. 4, Romantic
Royal Festival Hall

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Leonidas Kavakos
Concert

Leonidas Kavakos: Beethoven

Leonidas Kavakos – conductor; violin

  • Beethoven Violin Concerto
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Royal Festival Hall

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Lisa Batiashvili
Concert

Hrůša conducts Brahms and Szymanowski

Jakub Hrůša – conductor
Lisa Batiashvili – violin

  • Franck Le Chasseur maudit
  • Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2
Royal Festival Hall

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John Wilson
Concert

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

John Wilson – conductor
Benjamin Beilman – violin

  • Lyadov The Enchanted Lake
  • Glazunov Violin Concerto
  • Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
Royal Festival Hall

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Pablo Ferrández
Concert

A Feast of Elgar

Elim Chan – conductor
Pablo Ferrández – cello

  • Elgar Cockaigne Overture (In London Town)
  • Elgar Cello Concerto
  • Elgar Enigma Variations
Royal Festival Hall

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Carlos Ferreira
Concert

Santtu conducts Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Carlos Ferreira – clarinet

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 2
  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
Purcell Room

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Malin Byström
Concert

Bartók & Strauss: Dances of Desire

Jakub Hrůša – conductor
Malin Byström – soprano (Salome)
Susan Bickley – mezzo-soprano (Herodias)
Peter Hoare – tenor (Herod)
Philharmonia Voices

  • Bartók The Miraculous Mandarin
  • Strauss Salome (Dance of the Seven Veils and closing scenes)
Royal Festival Hall

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James Newton Howard
Concert

An evening with James Newton Howard

Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
James Newton Howard – conductor
Violinist to be confirmed
Andrew Shulman – cello

  • Newton Howard Concerto for Violin (European premiere)
  • Newton Howard Concerto for Cello (European premiere)
  • Newton Howard Music from film soundtracks, to include highlights from The Hunger Games; Fantastic Beasts; M. Night Shyamalan films; Snow Falling on Cedars and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Royal Festival Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Concert

Origin Stories: Daphnis and Chloé

Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Philharmonia Voices

  • Rameau Castor and Pollux Suite
  • Salonen Gemini (European premiere)
  • Ravel Daphnis and Chloé (complete ballet)
Royal Festival Hall

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Bach Choir
Concert

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

David Hill – conductor
Kitty Whately – mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples – tenor
Neal Davies – bass
The Bach Choir

  • Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Royal Festival Hall

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