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Sun 24 Feb 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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Bach Wie schön leuctet der Morgenstern ‘How Beautifully Gleams the Morning Star’ BWV1

Rowan Pierce soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dr Emma Chapman

Cosmic Dawn

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

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Tue 26 Feb 2019

CLF Art Cafe (Bussey Building)

The Night Shift – Peckham

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Matthew Truscott violin
Max Mandel viola

The creative heart of Peckham hosts classical music, minus the rules.

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Thu 28 Feb 2019

Ye Olde Rose and Crown

The Night Shift – Walthamstow

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For the first time, we’re taking the Night Shift to Walthamstow, East London’s new cultural hotspot.

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Introducing the 19th Century Horn

Why play a new instrument when we make music for old instruments?

Our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery performs a section from Schumann’s showstopping Konzertstück for Four Horns, and introduces a new ‘19th century-style’ horn. This instrument has valves, which makes performing such challenging repertoire possible.

Hear it in our upcoming concerts with Sir András Schiff, also featuring Brahms’ blockbuster piano concertos.  Find out more

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Further reading: Lisa Beznosiuk

Wed 6 Feb 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, wrote about being the lone flute in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, as performed on Monday 4 February 2019 at Royal Festival, and on tour around Europe.

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Love and Duty programme

Thu 31 Jan 2019

Here’s the programme for our Love and Duty, with Magdalena Kožená, concert at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 4 February 2019. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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Six things you (probably) didn’t know about Christoph Willibald Gluck

Thu 31 Jan 2019

What’s in a name? Admittedly, Christoph Willibald Gluck wasn’t blessed with the most inspiring of them – it’s hardly evocative like the great Italian opera composers or his 18th century counterpart, Mozart.

But don’t let that put you off. Often overlooked, Gluck is one of the great opera composers. He wrote 49 in total, evolving the genre from the extravagancies of the Baroque era to the more focused, storytelling genre it became.

Here are some things you probably didn’t know about him.

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Bach, the Universe and Everything Podcast 2

Fri 18 Jan 2019

Here’s the next installment of our Bach, the Universe and Everything podcast taken from the series at Kings Place.

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Introducing the Baroque Theorbo

“People complain a lot about the space that I take up”.

Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century, what it was used for, and what it’s like to carry it around on the tube.

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Concerts for 2 to 5 year olds in 2019

Wed 2 Jan 2019

We’ve just announced The Worlds Around Us, our new Southbank Centre series of OAE TOTS, our concerts introducing children age 2 to 5 to the magic of classical music.

This year we’re exploring the weird and wonderful world around us.

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The best of Barbara Strozzi

Thu 27 Dec 2018

In January, we launch Kings Place’s Venus Unwrapped series with a concert of music by 17th century Venetian composer, Barbara Strozzi.

If you’ve never heard her music before, we really think it’s worth a listen. So we’ve compiled some of the best of it into the Spotify playlist below.

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Introducing Mozart’s Clarinet

Fri 21 Dec 2018

“This is the clarinet that Mozart would have expected to hear when he wrote for it.”

Our Principal Clarinet Antony Pay takes us through the staple instrument of the time – the 5 key clarinet, and shows us the type of basset clarinet he believes enables you to play Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto best.

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Bach, the Universe and Everything podcast

Fri 7 Dec 2018

Lots of you have been asking for a listen again option for our Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place, so here it is!

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel’s Messiah

Thu 6 Dec 2018

Handel’s Messiah is probably the most performed choral work in history, and despite being about the whole of Jesus’ life it is now mainly performed at Christmas.

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Telemann – In Numbers

Sat 1 Dec 2018

We’re playing music by Telemann in our Pipedreams concert on Monday 3 December at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. Here is his life broken down into manageable, number-related facts.

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Introducing Handel’s Organ

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Our Principal Artist John Butt introduces a spectacular bespoke chamber organ, built to recreate the sounds of Handel’s era.

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Pipedreams Programme

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Here’s the programme for our Pipedreams concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on 3 December 2018. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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John Butt on Telemann

Thu 22 Nov 2018

Our Principal Artist John Butt directs Pipedreams, a concert of music by great friends Handel and Telemann in Glasgow and London.

He explains why Telemann’s music is just as wonderful as that by Handel.

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Further listening: Simone Jandl

Mon 12 Nov 2018

So you’ve heard our Brahms: A German Requiem concert and you’re hungry for more Brahms. Our co-principal viola Simone Jandl recommends four unique pieces Brahms wrote after a eureka moment later in his life.

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Rehearsing Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis | Vaughan Williams

Fri 9 Nov 2018

“It’s been really inspirational for the start of this project.”

Leader Margaret Faultless gets her hands on the original concert programme for the premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at Gloucester Cathedral on September 6, 1910.

Hear us play it before Brahms’ Requiem with Marin Alsop:

Saturday 10 November, 2018, The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sunday 11 November, 2018, Southbank Centre, London

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