Elaine Bedell launches our Southbank Centre Staff Picks playlist

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 10:50

Launching today and continuing every Friday, we present to you Southbank Centre Staff Picks - a new Spotify playlist which lets you inside the musical psyches of our huge number of staff members.

Every Friday, a different member of staff picks out five tracks that are important to them, or are just what they’re listening to right now.

We begin with selections by our Chief Executive Elaine Bedell, who talks us through her picks.

Yuja Wang playing Waltz No.7 in C sharp Minor, Op.64 No:2 Tempo giusto

I saw Yuja playing in the Royal Festival Hall last autumn and she was mesmerising. My dad was also a pianist and it was he who introduced me to the Royal Festival Hall and the piano series here when I was a child. I have just named an Royal Festival Hall seat for him and he would have loved that! 

Washington On Your Side from Hamilton: An American Musical

Hip hop meets musical! Hamilton opened in London just before Christmas and I was lucky enough to be there.  I was also invited to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda (who wrote Hamilton) by Andrew Lloyd Webber (they have formed a close friendship) and hearing the two in conversation was fascinating. 

Love Galore by SZA

A great album from 2017.

Adventures on Earth (from ET) by John Williams

I was there for the recent Royal Festival Hall screening and the soundtrack was brilliantly brought to life by the Covent Garden Sinfonia.  It’s one of my favourite films and is a great and important reminder about what makes us human.

Self-Help Tape by Moses Sumney

The album I’m listening to this week on my bus journey into work.

Follow the playlist for weekly additions from a new staff member every Friday.

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