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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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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, which is decorated for Christmas
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

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Esa-Pekka Salonen on stage, holding a baton, wearing a black t-shirt
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
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Singer Irene Theorin wearing a white jumper over a black shirt and jewelry
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

Conductor Rafael Payare wearing a black blazer over a white shirt, looking off camera, against a mural featuring people seating on stalls
Concert

Dreamers and Adventurers

Rafael Payare – conductor
Alisa Weilerstein – cello

  • Strauss Don Quixote
  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
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Conductor Laurence Equilbey on stage, holding a baton, wearing a black blazer over a white shirt
Concert

Mendelssohn and Friends

Laurence Equilbey – conductor
Sunwook Kim – piano

  • Weber Overture, Oberon
  • Robert Schumann Piano Concerto
  • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 (Italian)
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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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Composer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey playing drums
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)
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Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson sitting on a chair in a storage room for pianos
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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Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado wearing a black velvet blazer, holding his hand to his face, looking off camera
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
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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)
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Conductor Ha-Na Chang sitting on a chair wearing a leather jacket and holding her baton
Concert

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Han-Na Chang – conductor
Daniel Lozakovich – violin

  • Sofia Gubaidulina Fairytale Poem
  • Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
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Conductor Philippe Herreweghe, sitting at a table with a pencil in his hand, going over a score
Concert

Herreweghe conducts Brahms

Philippe Herreweghe – conductor
Paul Lewis – piano

  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Brahms Symphony No. 4
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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
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Conductor Juraj Valcuha, on stage during a concert, holding his baton, wearing tails
Concert

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Juraj Valčuha – conductor
Markus Werba – baritone

  • Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer
  • Mahler Symphony No. 1
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Violinist Joshua Bell, wearing a black t-shirt, holding his violin and smiling at camera
Concert

Joshua Bell plays Brahms

Lahav Shani – conductor
Joshua Bell – violin

  • Brahms Violin Concerto
  • Bruckner Symphony No. 4, Romantic
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Violinist Leonidas Kavakos sitting beside his instrument, wearing dark clothing and glasses
Concert

Leonidas Kavakos: Beethoven

Leonidas Kavakos – conductor; violin

  • Beethoven Violin Concerto
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7
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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili playing her instrument and smiling at camera
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
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Conductor John Wilson wearing a blue blazer over a light blue shirt, looking at camera and smiling
Concert

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

John Wilson – conductor
Benjamin Beilman – violin

  • Lyadov The Enchanted Lake
  • Glazunov Violin Concerto
  • Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
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Cellist Pablo Ferrández holding his cello in one hand, the bow in the other hand, smiling and looking at the camera
Concert

A Feast of Elgar

Elim Chan – conductor
Pablo Ferrández – cello

  • Elgar Cockaigne Overture (In London Town)
  • Elgar Cello Concerto
  • Elgar Enigma Variations
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Philharmonia clarinet player Carlos Ferreira wearing a black blazer over a white shirt, holding his instrument
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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Soprano Malin Byström sitting down, wearing a red cape over jeans and a white t-shirt, looking at the camera with her chin on her hand
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)
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Conductor James Newton Howard holding a baton, wearing glasses and a black turtleneck
Concert

An evening with James Newton Howard

Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
James Newton Howard – conductor
Leila Josefowicz – violin
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

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen on stage during rehearsal
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)
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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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