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We may live in a sec­u­lar age, but the de­cline in re­li­gious faith has only fu­elled a hunger for spir­i­tual mean­ing, which is the sub­ject of a year-long fes­ti­val at the South Bank, be­gin­ning in the new Year. ‘Be­lief and Be­yond Be­lief’ has, at its cen­tre, a se­ries of con­certs by the Lon­don Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra, pre­sent­ing works that ad­dress ‘be­ing hu­man in the 21st cen­tury’. Launched on Jan­uary 21 with vladimir Jurowski con­duct­ing Beethoven’s opera Fide­lio, it will con­tinue with, among oth­ers, three very dif­fer­ent vi­sions of the Cre­ation: Dar­ius Mil­haud’s jazzy bal­let La Créa­tion du Monde on the 28th, Thomas Adès’s pi­ano con­certo In Seven Days on Fe­bru­ary 1 and Haydn’s great or­a­to­rio The Cre­ation on the 4th. And there’s much more to come

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