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    Black Landscapes: Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven & Price

    Mon 12 Oct 2020, 6.30pm
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    Classical music
    Past event
    Chineke!, orchestra
    Eric Richmond and Joe Swift

    Chineke! performs works by pioneering Black composers Avril Coleridge-Taylor and Florence B. Price, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3.

    For its first concert of the season, broadcast from the Royal Festival Hall, the orchestra is joined by the American conductor Roderick Cox.

    He made his London debut with Chineke! at the Royal Festival Hall in 2017.

    Pianist, composer and conductor Avril Coleridge-Taylor followed in the footsteps of her father, the British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who died when she was just nine years old.

    In a career spanning the 20th century, she wrote chamber works and several shorter pieces for full orchestra.

    These include her tone poem Sussex Landscape, which evokes a place that was familiar to her and where she was to spend the final years of her life.

    The C minor key of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 reflects the turbulence of the composer’s life at the time of its writing, which marked the onset of his hearing loss.

    He himself was the soloist at its premiere in 1803. This evening, Dutch pianist Nicolas van Poucke takes centre stage in his Royal Festival Hall debut with Chineke!

    Trailblazer Florence B Price’s First Symphony won the Rodman Wanamaker Contest in 1932.

    This paved the way for her to become the first female African-American composer to have work performed by a major orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    This piece references the melodies of traditional spirituals, West African rhythms and the Romantic symphonic themes of Dvorák.

    This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

    • Chineke! Orchestra
    • Roderick Cox conductor
    • Nicholas van Poucke piano
    • A Coleridge-Taylor: Sussex Landscape, Op.27
    • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3
    • Interval
    • Florence Price: Symphony No.1 in E minor

    Need to know

    This event is streamed. The concert is available to view for free on YouTube for 14 days.

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    Dates & times

    Mon 12 Oct 2020, 6.30pm
    Approximate run time: 120 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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