St John's Smith Square

St John’s Smith Square 2015/16 Season Announced

St John’s Smith Square has unveiled it’s 2015/16 season today. It’s a rich affair with a varied programme of orchestral, choral, vocal and period instrument programmes to delight between September 2015 to August 2016.

There are 250 concerts in the entire season including 30 premieres given by a wide range of groups. The London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic visit the Westminster venue at various points during the season, so too the Academy of Ancient Music, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestra of St John’s.

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme of liturgical works by Stravisnky on Thursday 2 June 2016.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme of liturgical works by Stravisnky on Thursday 2 June 2016.

Choral events include the Tallis Scholars’ 2000th concert on 21 September, Handel’s Messiah with the OAE on 23 December, and Bach’s St John Passion on Good Friday, 25 March 2016.

I’m particularly impressed with the commitment to new and modern music in the St John’s Smith Square 2015/2016 season. The 30 premieres including new works from Alissa Firsova, Simon Holt, György Kurtág and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Some personal highlights:

A weekend  (Thursday 10 – Sunday 13) of modern piano music featuring pianist Rolf Hind and appearances from various supporting artists including Lore Lixenberg, Zoe Martlew and clarinettist Stuart King.  The John Cage prepared pianos concert given by Rolf Hind on Sunday 12 September at 1pm is of particular interest.

Henschel Quartet in a programme of Haydn, Schubert and Schulhoff on Tuesday 6 October

London Sinfonietta appearance on Saturday 10 October at 7.30pm

Clarinettist Anna Hashimoto with music by Stockhausen and Francaix

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Pianist Steven Osborne. Hero.

Violinist Viktoria Mullova and pianist Katia Labèque with music by Mozart, Arvo Part, Takemitsu and Ravel on Friday 6 November at 7.30pm

Steven Osborne is one a number of pianists who features in St John’s Smith Square International Piano Series. On Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 7.30pm, he’s playing Schubert, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

Joanna Lumley joins the Orchestra of St John’s on Saturday 5 March at 7.30pm in which she’ll share her personal music choices, introducing a live performance of each from the orchestra.

The Final of the Office Choir of the Year Competition – a competition I had no idea existed until today – on Thursday 17 March 2016 at 7.30pm.

The Labèque sisters perform piano duo arrangements of Stravinsky’s Rite and Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor D940 on Thursday 28 April 2015.

Further details about what’s on are available from the St John’s Smith Square website.

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