Orchestral Theatre 2018/19 at Southbank Centre

30th January 2018

What’s in store for us in 2018/19? Our boldest and most ambitious season yet as Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre with three new productions in our Orchestral Theatre series. We’re very excited to continue staging these orchestral adventures that push the boundaries of creative programming and presentation, offering audiences new and illuminating ways to experience classical music. And we’re, of course, looking forward to moving into our new home for Orchestral Theatre – the stunningly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In 2018/19, expect three new productions that tell three distinct stories: a phantasmagoria on two early romantic masterpieces, a journey through time and space in the company of those that walk the face of the earth, and a flight into celestial sounds exploring the ancient concept ‘music of the spheres’. These productions will include memorised performances of groundbreaking works by Beethoven and Mozart, and two world premieres: a new piece by Max Richter, and a collaborative work by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Du Yun and Palestinian filmmaker Khaled Jarrar, co-commissioned by Southbank Centre.

So what’s coming up?

Smoke and Mirrors

Sunday 16 September 2018 4pm

We present a phantasmagoria, conjuring up the spirits and myths of two early romantic masterpieces: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Beethoven’s fifth symphony. A popular form of theatrical entertainment in 19th-century Paris, the phantasmagoria transfixed audiences with thrilling spectacles which combined optical illusions, eerie sound effects, and ghostly projections. Through the surreal lens of a modern-day phantasmagoria, experience Beethoven’s epoch-making fifth symphony performed entirely from memory alongside HK Gruber’s zany and virtuosic piece Frankenstein!!.

Songs from the Road

Sunday 20 January 2019 4pm

The wayfarer, the migrant, the refugee: we embark on a journey through time and space in the company of those that walk the face of the earth. Roaming across musical genres and art forms, we explore what it means to leave your home and search for new homes with Pulitzer-prize winning composer Du Yun, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, Pakistani qawwali singer Ali Sethi, American folk artist Sam Amidon, and Palestinian filmmaker Khaled Jarrar.


Music of the Spheres
Wednesday 5 June 2019 7.30pm

We explore celestial sounds and the cosmic order in an eclectic programme with choreography and illustration. The ancient Greek philosophers thought music was of profound importance, woven into the fabric of the universe as elemental sounds produced by the stars and planets themselves. We take this concept of the ‘music of the spheres’ to illuminate Mozart’s perfectly-crafted ‘Jupiter’ symphony through memorised performance, join violinist Pekka Kuusisto in Thomas Adès’ ethereal Violin Concerto ‘Concentric Paths’, and premiere a new work by Max Richter.

Tickets go on sale for Southbank Centre members 2 February, for the general public 6 February.


The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series at Southbank Centre is generously supported by:

Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Cockayne – Grants for the Arts
The London Community Foundation