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 moreRead More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Our Principal Artist John Butt introduces a spectacular bespoke chamber organ, built to recreate the sounds of Handel’s era.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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, LondonRead More
Here’s the programme for our Brahms: A German Requiem concert at Royal Festival Hall on 11 November 2018. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!Read More
Individual or Society?
Head or Heart?
Conform or Rebel?
Laws or Freedoms?
Secular or Sacred?
These questions about how to live a good life challenged composers such as Bach, Brahms and Mozart as much as they challenge us now.
Our 2018-19 season of concerts at Southbank Centre features the music these composers wrote in response to these questions, sometimes overtly and sometimes indirectly.Read More
“Brahms’ Requiem is essentially humanist, less a prayer for the dead than a personal meditation for the consolation of the living.”
Ahead of our performances with Marin Alsop, we explore how Brahms’ German Requiem broke the mould.Read More