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It’s only one week until our Southbank Season starts, but before then you can join us for a refresher at our headquarters in King’s Cross.
This Saturday we’ve an entire evening full of exciting chamber music, with two (yes, two!) concerts at Kings Place. The evening kicks off with Beethoven’s Septet, before we add in an extra violin for Schubert’s Octet at 8pm.
At 5.30pm, we’ve got some sumptuous voice talent joining the band – Baritone Stephan Loges performs Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, arguably the first ever ‘song cycle’, and we play his magnificent Septet.
Schubert admired Beethoven enormously (who wouldn’t) and in the second concert of the evening you can really hear his influence. Beethoven’s Septet (performed in the earlier concert) was immensely popular, so much so that Schubert’s Octet was commissioned specially to accompany it. The result is six movements of chamber music to be really admired. In true Schubert style the piece is smiling and joyful, but with the occasional shadow adding balance and character. It’s these little human touches which make Schubert such a satisfying and stirring composer to experience live. Daniel Norman and Roderick Williams will also be joining us for yet more Schubert in the form of some short but perfectly fashioned songs from 1824 and the radiant vocal quartet, Gebet.
Matchless singing in an intimate venue – what more could you ask for on a Saturday night?
Book tickets via the Kings Place website or call 020 7520 1490.
It is sure to tide you over until next Thursday…