Southbank Centre launches SoundState, a major festival of new music from around the world

16 – 20 January 2019
Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room

Southbank Centre launches major festival of new music from around the world featuring over 30 world and UK premieres
With featured artists Claire Chase, Du Yun and Rebecca Saunders
Additional artists include Marin Alsop, Sam Amidon, Colin Currie, Ali Sethi and more

With premieres by composers including Louis Andriessen, James Dillon, Ashley Fure, Helen Grime, Anders Hillborg, Andrew Norman and Erkki-Sven Tüür

Box Office:  southbankcentre.co.uk   020 3879 9555

Booking opens 30 October for SoundState, Southbank Centre’s new festival celebrating new music from around the world and the people who create it. The work of over 50 composers will be heard during a five-day contemporary music takeover of Southbank Centre in January 2019 featuring more than 30 world and UK premieres. The world-class line up of SoundState performers includes Southbank Centre Resident Orchestras the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Philharmonia Orchestra, Southbank Centre Associate Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and visiting International Orchestra, Ensemble Modern.

The festival hears from many of the different voices who are energising classical music worldwide, including composers and musicians from Iran, Pakistan, Estonia, Turkey, China, Bali, USA, Sweden, Slovenia, Netherlands, Germany, Japan and the UK. SoundState has three featured artists. Chinese-born Pulitzer-prize winning composer, musician and performer Du Yun and American flautist Claire Chase, both leading lights of New York’s vibrant new music scene, curate events and premiere new works. A special concert profiles the delicately complex music of multi-award-winning British composer Rebecca Saunders.

Further SoundState highlights include:

  • Orchestral premieres: UK premiere of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür’s piccolo concerto; European premiere of Agamemnon by Louis Andriessen (Netherlands) and the world premiere of Helen Grime’s Percussion Concerto (UK) and of a new work by Anders Hillborg (Sweden)
  • The first London performance of Scottish composer James Dillon’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award-winning work, Tanz/haus : triptych 2017
  • World and UK premieres of works by Anahita Abasi (Iran); award-winning American composers Andrew Norman and Ashley Fure; Zeynep Gedizlioğlu (Turkey); Vito Žuraj (Slovenia); Martin Grütter, Arne Geishoff (Germany) and Dai Fujikura (Japan/UK)
  • SoundState Sessions: A first chance to hear music by the next generation of young composers in four free early evening concerts presented by the Park Lane Group
  • An international line up of soloists and guest artists including conductors Marin Alsop, Nicholas Collon,Jonathan Berman, Vimbayi Kaziboni and Dalia Stasevska, instrumentalists Colin Currie, Stewart McIlwham and singers Ali Sethi, Sam Amidon and Jennifer Johnston
  • A wealth of free events which fill the Southbank Centre foyer spaces from morning until night, including performances from featured artists and interactive participatory sessions for all levels of experience including the chance to play compositional ping-pong, be part of a loop machine choir or a scratch orchestra and more
  • A series of activities for emerging composers including advice surgeries, workshops on composing for voice, Chinese instruments and mixed ability ensembles as well as a designated Composers’ Lounge as part of Southbank Centre’s year-round Composers’ Collective initiative
  • A special SoundState version of Southbank Centre’s regular Women in Music Breakfasts series, where women working in the music profession talk about and share their experiences
  • State of Sound Talks, exploring pressing issues in contemporary music with expert panels, and an Artists Bar series, featuring informal post-concert discussions with SoundState artists

Gillian Moore CBE, Director of Music at Southbank Centre comments: Rooted in contemporary life from around the world, SoundState brings together an unrivalled concentration of global creativity; artists who are redefining what it means to make music in the 21st century. Their music challenges historical conventions, plays with pre-conceptions or simply finds new ways to be inventive, expressive and thought-provoking, all within an expanding definition of the medium of sound. From the latest works for symphony orchestra to pieces written for informal spaces, where artistic forms collide with infectious energy and explore the moving boundaries between musical traditions and technology, this is music for the here and now.”

Festival partners include: Chinese Arts Now, PRS for Music Foundation, Park Lane Group, Sound and Music, Sound Scotland, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and University of Huddersfield.

Please find further programme detail below including a link to full event listings.

Some events are already on sale with further events going on sale to Southbank Centre Members on Tuesday 30 October and to the general public on Wednesday 31 October. Please visit the website for more information

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