Thu 13 Jun | St. John's Church, Waterloo
Festival gala concert:
sibelius, strauss and grisey
with southbank sinfonia
supported by Hb reavis
Time & Location
13 Jun, 7:30pm
St. John's Church, Waterloo
73, Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY (map below)
About the Event
Jessica COTTIS | Conductor
Gérard GRISEY | Stèle
Richard STRAUSS | Metamorphosen
Jean SIBELIUS | Symphony No. 5
The thunderous echoes of bass drums in Stèle lead into Metamorphosen, an agonising cry over the bombing of World War II. In his diary, Strauss mourned not only the destruction of opera houses and concert halls in Germany, but of culture itself. 23 solo strings gradually build as themes change from half-echoes of one familiar work to shadows of another.
Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony was born during earlier conflict, evolving as the composer’s circumstances changed. From mysterious beginnings comes a conclusion of triumphant hope in the ability to take flight and glimpse omnipotence.
ABOUT SOUTHBANK SINFONIA
An orchestra like no other, Southbank Sinfonia is composed of young graduate musicians from around the world. Every year it welcomes a new cohort of 33 musicians for an intensive programme of performance and professional development, including collaborations with world-renowned conductors. Since it was founded in 2002 Southbank Sinfonia has been a springboard for musicians who now appear with orchestras worldwide. The orchestra is based at St John’s Waterloo.