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The Cycle Goes On

Mon 29 Feb 2016

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For Watercycle, we travelled to nine towns and cities across across the UK, collaborating with local communities and bringing unique musical experience to people of all ages and backgrounds. With our final residency coming to a close at the beginning of 2016, here’s a look back at our previous years of Watercycle touring.

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Lynda’s Tour Diary pt. 3

Mon 29 Feb 2016

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It’s concert day in South Korea.

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Lynda’s Tour Diary pt. 2

Sun 28 Feb 2016

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Theorbo player Lynda settles in to local life in South Korea.

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Lynda’s Tour Diary

Fri 26 Feb 2016

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Theorbo player Lynda writes home from South Korea.

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Robert Howarth

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Rob was already studying piano at age 6 when he first encountered a harpsichord.

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Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745 – 1799)

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His Times: Owing to the Abolitionist Movement and the French Revolution, France in the late 18th century was not a particularly stable place to be living. This was however where Joseph Bologne (better known as Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges) plied his trade.

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2016–2017 now on sale

Tue 23 Feb 2016

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Roll up, roll up. We’ve finally put the whole of our 2016–2017 Southbank Centre season on sale. 

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In depth: Marin Alsop on Schumann, madness and creativity

Sun 21 Feb 2016

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Before our Marin, Music and Madness concert at the Royal Festival Hall in February, conductor Marin Alsop got together with journalist Jessica Duchen, musicologist Dr Robert Samuels and Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore, to discuss whether madness and genius really do go hand in hand. Or does this notion misrepresent both creativity and mental health problems?

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Ooh la la!

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, takes us through this Sunday’s concert:

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Frances Kelly and her 18th century, single action pedal harp.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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Frances Kelly takes us through some of the basics of her instrument which she will play in Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto on Sunday 14 February 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Speed interview, Marin Alsop

Mon 1 Feb 2016

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We’re back with Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall on 6 February 2016. So we thought we’d put her through our speed interview again. 

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What’s this? Not more concerts?

Thu 28 Jan 2016

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Yes, more concerts. A whole season’s worth.

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Welcome, William Christie

Wed 27 Jan 2016

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It is with great, great pleasure that we can announce that our friend and expert in French Baroque, William Christie, will be officially joining us in the role of Emeritus Conductor.

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Schumann’s Violin Concerto

Mon 25 Jan 2016

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A Ouija board, the Nazi party and Hungarian violinist Jelly D’Aranyi: Jessica Duchen, Laura Tunbridge and John MacAuslan discuss the rediscovery of Schumann’s violin concerto in the 1930s.

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Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)

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His Times: Mahler said, ‘I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way,’ a quote that aptly captures the musical world that Mahler and his contemporaries were creating in 19th century Austria and-Germany.

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Claudio Monteverdi (1567 –1643)

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His times: Monteverdi set in motion the development of what we’ve come to know as opera.

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Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

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His times: Schumann composed whilst the Romantic Movement was in full swing, when the popularity of virtuoso performers had become very widespread, and as a result much of his music requires a mastery of piano technique.

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Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676)

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His Times: One of the most notable students of the famous Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli found himself pumping out operas in 17th century Venice, responding to the rising popularity of the genre (thanks largely to Monteverdi himself) and the appearance of more and more public opera houses.

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Watercycle – We’re going on the ferry!

Wed 23 Dec 2015

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Our last Watercycle residency is on the horizon and after a series of workshops in Southampton primary, secondary and special needs schools during the Autumn Term we’ll be returning in late January to perform five concerts in two days with over 800 primary children, 30 secondary students from Southampton and the Isle of Wight and a group of special needs students.

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Hello, John Butt

Sun 13 Dec 2015

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Introducing John Butt OBE, our newest Principal Artist.

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