Classical music

Marin Alsop, Colin Currie and the Britten-Pears Orchestra

Part of International Orchestra Series

Southbank Centre is delighted to announce that Aldeburgh Music's Britten-Pears Orchestra will perform in the place of European Union Youth Orchestra, with Marin Alsop as conductor and Colin Currie as soloist.

Due to continued uncertainty regarding the future EU funding arrangements, European Union Youth Orchestra is unable to commit to its 2017 spring tour performances in the UK. The programme remains unchanged.

The Britten-Pears Orchestra is made up of the very best emerging young professional musicians from over 35 countries. The orchestra offers an exceptional opportunity for these talented musicians to study and work with some of the world's leading conductors, soloists and tutors.

Under the inspiring baton of Marin Alsop, the first (and second) woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, the young musicians of the Britten-Pears Orchestra perform a new concerto by Mark-Anthony Turnage alongside groundbreaking turn-of-the-century music.

Mark-Anthony Turnage has a reputation for winning over young audiences with invigoratingly modern music, embracing jazz idioms and blazing forth in blockbuster operas and ballets. His concerto for percussion and orchestra honours composer Steve Martland, who died in 2013.

Colin Currie, hailed by The Telegraph as 'among the top handful of percussionists in the world', performs this world premiere.

The Concerto is paired with two mythic works commissioned for the Ballet Russes in 1909 – 1913: the second suite of music from Ravel's seductive, opulent ballet Daphnis et Chloé, and Stravinsky's powerful, rhythm-led Rite of Spring.


Britten-Pears Orchestra
Marin Alsop conductor
Colin Currie percussion


Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2
Turnage: Percussion Concerto (In memoriam Steve Martland) (World premiere)
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


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