New concert announcements, an Earth Day premiere and a creative day out with families. Take a look back at some highlights from April.
Houses Slide: Earth Day premiere on YouTube
To mark Earth Day, we premiered the performance of Laura Bowler's cycle-powered commission Houses Slide. Performed at the Southbank Centre back in July 2021, this piece addresses the most serious issue of our generation, the climate emergency, through the story of one woman's intimate psychological journey to figure out her response to the climate crisis.
With a text created by Cordelia Lynn using submissions from members of the public, this ground-breaking concert presentation conceived and directed by Katie Mitchell was an industry-first, and even involved the soloist, Jessica Aszodi, performing her part from atop one of the 17 onstage bicycles.
Turning Points returns to Kings Place
We announced a new Turning Points concert at Kings Place, a series that explores major contemporary works that influenced the course of musical history.
In a varied programme of works from the 20th century, this immersive concert experience will explore how in different ways they each explored new ground in this enthralling period of artistic and cultural history.
Turning Points: Organised Sound
Wednesday 18 May, 8pm
Kings Place, Hall 2
From Edgard Varèse to Pierre Boulez, immerse yourself in major contemporary works from the 20th century that influenced the course of musical history.Find tickets
BBC Proms 2022 - Late Night Prom with Marius Neset
If that wasn't enough to announce, we also revealed our return to this year's BBC Proms. We will reunite with Norwegian jazz saxophonist Marius Neset and his own quintet in a brand new BBC commission Geyser.
Tickets will go on sale on Saturday 21 May at 9am.
BBC Proms 2022: Marius Neset
Saturday 3 September, 10.15pm
Royal Albert Hall
Following up on Snowmelt and Viaduct, Geyser is the third work in which Marius Neset collaborates with the London Sinfonietta.Find out more
2022-23 season at the Southbank Centre announced
We revealed the first concerts of our new 2022-23 season at the Southbank Centre. From October to December, we will celebrate the centenary year of Iannis Xenakis' birth, reunite with the International Centre for Contemporary Music and premiere a new work that echoes a sleeping human body.
Step into the musical world of Iannis Xenakis in his centenary year: a ferociously intellectual world in which the mathematical forces which govern the atoms and elements making up our physical beings also provide the basis for musical form and understanding.
We reunite with the International Centre for Contemporary Music to place the music of Krzysztof Penderecki front and centre. At times deeply Romantic, at times 'liberating sound beyond all tradition', his music is always emotionally expressive.
Juste Janulyte's Sleeping Patterns echoes a sleeping human body and all the regular but not synchronised sounds of our heartbeat, blood flow, and breathing create in sleep. The piece is woven from seven hypnotically repetitive patterns of slightly different tempos, which intertwine throughout the ensemble.
2022-23 season at the Southbank Centre
October - December 2022
Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
Celebrating two giants of contemporary music and a hypnotic premiere - discover the first concerts of our new season at the Southbank Centre.Explore the new season
Through the Lens: Leaning East
We shined the spotlight on Polish composers past and present in Leaning East, a celebration of Polish contemporary music presented by the International Centre for Contemporary Music.
The night opened with Krzysztof Penderecki's pulsating Sinfonietta per archi, before two world premieres - Wojciech Błażejczyk’s reorchestrated version of Concerto for Electric Guitar and String Orchestra, and Paweł Mykietyn’s playful concerto for chamber orchestra Prank.
Through the Lens: Leaning East
Check out some photos and reviews from Leaning East below!Photos and reactions
Family Concert - photos and recap
We ended the month with a fun and creative day out with families. Presented by Jessie Maryon Davies, we guided the families through an exhilarating programme of contemporary works from La Monte Young to Caroline Shaw, before the young budding composers in the audience joined us to create a new piece together.
Other posts from the month
Huge thanks to @BCMG NEXT & @MelvinTay_ for performing PHOENIX so brilliantly last night @WestRoadCH!— Richard Causton (@rcauston) April 9, 2022
Originally commissioned 2006 for @Ldn_Sinfonietta & played alongside choreography, sculpture, art & even an Insta filter created by the students @csvpa! Thank you so much!! pic.twitter.com/1G5SHsvqWH
‘The planets aligned!’ How Górecki’s Third Symphony stormed the 90s pop charts https://t.co/G83XBPKmZA— The Guardian (@guardian) April 29, 2022
Published: 4 May 2022