Human/Nature

Music for a precious planet

Supported by
Kathryn and Andrew Davis
The Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund

The natural world has been a spark for human creativity since the dawn of music-making. Composers have always drawn inspiration from mountains, forests, rivers, oceans, and the fundamental connectedness of all life.

In his first season as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali presents Human/Nature. This series of live and online concerts, talks and screenings explores how composers have addressed humanity’s relationship with the natural world, each from the perspective of their own place, time and experience.

The resulting music takes many forms, from expressing a spiritual reverence for nature to exploring humanity’s impact on the environment. Masterpieces as different as Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring are testament to the ways the rhythms of our planet affect our minds, bodies and emotions.

Today, when our world is under threat from the actions and choices of humans themselves, what role can music play? A new generation of composers, including Isobel Waller-Bridge and John Luther Adams, and performers such as violinist Pekka Kuusisto, are confronting the climate emergency with ingenuity and imagination.

We know that music can tell stories and express ideas that draw people together and give us hope and courage. With the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference taking place in the UK this autumn, our aim is to shine a light on the major issue of our time, at our London home at Southbank Centre, across the UK, and online around the world.

Join us.

Join the Human/Nature Syndicate

Human/Nature connects us with humanity’s greatest challenge through some of the most awe-inspiring orchestral music ever composed. Music can tell stories, and express ideas and emotions that draw people together with a common goal. In the year that the UK hosts COP 26, the Philharmonia invites you to partner with us as we explore the past, navigate the present, and look to the future with hope.

Join the Human/Nature Syndicate or support a concert to become part of this important series.

Individual support

Corporate sponsorship

American Patrons

With thanks to the Human/Nature Syndicate of supporters:
Ruth and Henry Amar
Malcolm Herring
Patricia Kalmans and Michael Ozer
Caroline Tate
And all those who wish to remain anonymous.

Find out more

To find out more about joining the Human / Nature Syndicate, please contact William Mendelowitz, Head of Individual Giving, on 020 7921 3918 or email william.mendelowitz@philharmonia.co.uk

Small-ensemble performance

Across the distance

Performers to be announced

  • John Luther Adams Across the distance

More info No ticket required
Concert

Sunrise: Santtu conducts Strauss

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor

  • R Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
  • R Strauss Alpine Symphony
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Speakers at an Insights Talk
Insights

Human/Nature: Insights Day

Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Violin player
Concert

Music of Today: Reef and Desert

Pekka Kuusisto – conductor/violin

  • Gabriella Smith Anthozoa
  • John Luther Adams There is no one, not even the wind
Purcell Room

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Pekka Kuusisto holding a violin
Concert

Rites: Santtu conducts Stravinsky

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Pekka Kuusisto – violin

  • Revueltas La Noche de los Mayas Part III: Noche de Yucatán
  • Bryce Dessner Violin Concerto (UK premiere)
  • Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Santtu Matias Rouvali conducting
Online concert

Stream - Sunrise: Santtu conducts Strauss

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor

  • R Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
  • R Strauss Alpine Symphony
Online

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Still from the 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi
Live screening

Philip Glass: Koyaanisqatsi, Life Out of Balance

Michael Riesman – conductor
Godfrey Reggio – director
Ron Fricke – photography
Alton Walpole/Ron Fricke – editors
Philip Glass Ensemble
Synergy Vocals

PHILIP GLASS Koyaanisqatsi

Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Concert

Birdsong: Aimard plays Messiaen and Ravel

Pablo Heras-Casado – conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard – piano

  • Ravel Miroirs
  • Messiaen Réveil des oiseaux
  • Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Miah Persson
Concert

Santtu conducts Wagner’s Ring Without Words

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Miah Persson – soprano

  • R Strauss Four Last Songs
  • Wagner The Ring Without Words
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Hilary Hahn
Concert

Hilary Hahn: The Lark Ascending

Elim Chan – conductor
Hilary Hahn – violin

  • Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
  • Gabriella Smith Tumblebird Contrails
  • Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Xian Zhang
Concert

Mahler: The Song of the Earth

Xian Zhang – conductor
Sarah Connolly – mezzo-soprano
Andreas Schager – tenor
Alina Ibragimova – violin

  • Beethoven Violin Concerto
  • Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Violin player
Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Glass, Metal, Wood, Water

Pekka Kuusisto – violin/live electronics

  • Riikka Talvitie Caprice of Nature
  • Andrea Tarrodi Birds of Paradise
  • Outi Tarkiainen Siimes
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür Conversio
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir Hrim
Purcell Room

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Pekka Kuusisto
Concert

Pekka Kuusisto: Four Seasons, four seascapes

Pekka Kuusisto – conductor/violin

  • Isobel Waller-Bridge New work (world premiere)
  • Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • vivaldi The Four Seasons, with improvisation between movements
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Concert

Sunlight on water: Sibelius and Beethoven

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Pekka Kuusisto – violin

  • Sibelius Violin Concerto
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Online concert

Stream - Sunlight on water: Sibelius and Beethoven

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Pekka Kuusisto – violin

  • Sibelius Violin Concerto
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
Online

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Friends event

Open Rehearsal - Birdsong: Aimard plays Messian and Ravel

Pablo Heras-Casado – conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard – piano

  • Ravel Miroirs
  • Messiaen Réveil des oiseaux
  • Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Royal Festival Hall

Friends event

Open Rehearsal – Sunrise: Santtu conducts Strauss

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor

  • R Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
  • R Strauss Alpine Symphony
Royal Festival Hall