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LON­DON Baroque at the Edge

LSO St Luke’s, 4-6 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891

Web: www.baro­ This open-minded fes­ti­val of Baroque mu­sic re­turns for a se­cond edi­tion, mix­ing gamba and elec­tron­ics, a con­cert­drama that re-imag­ines Pur­cell’s last hours and a vi­o­lin recital from Eli­cia Sil­ver­stein bring­ing to­gether Bach and Be­rio. Up first is pi­anist Gabriela Mon­tero.


South­bank Cen­tre,

16-20 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

Web: www.south­bank­cen­ Re­becca Saun­ders, Claire

Chase and Du Yun are fea­tured as com­posers and per­form­ers in a cel­e­bra­tion of the new that brings to­gether En­sem­ble Mod­ern, Lon­don Sin­foni­etta and the South­bank Cen­tre’s res­i­dent or­ches­tras. James Dil­lon’s Tanz/ haus: trip­tych 2017 re­ceives its Lon­don pre­miere; and the Aurora Orches­tra’s ‘Songs from the Road’ sees Mahler, Muhly and Du Yun walk with a steady pace.

Venus Un­wrapped

Kings Place, 19 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)20 7520 1490


It’s the turn of women com­posers to come un­der Kings Place’s ‘Un­wrapped’ spot­light. The themed sea­son opens with the Orches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment’s por­trait of Bar­bara Strozzi, be­fore Mu­sica Sec­reta sam­ples mu­si­cal life in me­dieval and Re­nais­sance con­vents. Fast for­ward to the present and New York’s Bang on a Can All-stars and the

BBC Singers com­bine for the UK pre­miere of Ju­lia Wolfe’s An­thracite Fields (See Back­stage with…, right).

Song­mak­ers’ Almanac

Wig­more Hall, 24 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)20 7935 2141

Web: www.wig­ Jan­uary’s no­table birth­days and an­niver­saries pro­vide the theme for pi­anist Gra­ham John­son’s re­con­sti­tuted ‘Almanac’, which num­bers so­prano Ail­ish Ty­nan and bari­tone Ben­jamin Appl among its song­sters. Sa­lu­ta­tions come cour­tesy of Mozart, Tip­pett and Ivor Novello, among oth­ers; read­ings are in­ter­spersed.

Bavar­ian Ra­dio Sym­phony Orches­tra

Bar­bican, 26 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891


Richard Strauss and so­prano Diana Dam­rau are set to be­come quite an item at the Bar­bican. Be­tween a Lieder recital on 16 Jan­uary and March’s ex­cerpt from the opera Capric­cio along­side the LSO, Dam­rau nav­i­gates the Four Last Songs in the com­pany of con­duc­tor Mariss Jan­sons and his Bavar­ian band – who also in­ject a dash of au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal bravura with the tone poem Ein Helden­leben.


Ox­ford Phil­har­monic

Town Hall, Ox­ford, 14 Jan­uary Tel: +44 (0)1865 980980

Web: www.ox­ford­

Hot on the heels of its 20th-an­niver­sary con­cert in Lon­don’s Bar­bican, the Ox­ford Phil­har­monic re­turns home with a rare pi­anis­tic prize, as Martha Arg­erich joins it for Schu­mann’s Pi­ano Con­certo. Ei­ther side of that, An­nali­isa Bezrodny and Char­lotte Scott join forces for JS Bach’s won­der­ful Dou­ble Vi­o­lin Con­certo and, con­ducted by Mar­ios Pa­padopou­los, Beethoven’s Eroica Sym­phony rounds off the cel­e­bra­tions in style.

Alessan­dro Tav­erna

Turner Sims, Southamp­ton, 19 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 5151

Web: www.turn­er­

The Venice-born pi­anist salutes the tran­scriber’s art with Liszt’s takes on Mozart’s Don Gio­vanni, Verdi’s Rigo­letto and a clutch of Schu­bert songs. Rach­mani­nov ap­plies a lit­tle spin to Bach’s E ma­jor Vi­o­lin Par­tita, and to end there’s Gersh­win’s own solo pi­ano ver­sion of his clas­si­calmeets-jazz Rhap­sody in Blue.


Brit­ten Sin­fo­nia

The­atre Royal, Nor­wich, 19 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)1603 630000

Web: www.brit­tensin­fo­ With Sym­phony No. 2, Sir Mark El­der and Brit­ten Sin­fo­nia reach the half­way stage in their four-year Brahms cy­cle. It’s pre­ceded by Mahler’s Lieder eines fahren­den Ge­sellen (sung by mezzo Anna Stéphany), and Brit­ten’s or­ches­tral swan­song: the Suite on English Folk Tunes.

Ivana Gavri

Ket­tle’s Yard, Cam­bridge, 31 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)1223 748100

Web: www.ket­

Ch­eryl Frances-hoad’s Four Lyric Pieces pays homage to Haydn, Schu­bert, Janácˇek and Ravel, so pi­anist Ivana Gavric´, a for­mer BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine New­comer of the Year, serendip­i­tously pref­aces them with sonatas by the first three as well as

‘Une bar­que sur l’océan’ and ‘Alb­o­rada del gra­cioso’ from Ravel’s Miroirs.

Bach and be­yond: Gabriela Mon­tero im­pro­vises on Baroque themes (4 Jan­uary)

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