Southbank Sinfonia welcomes new Associate Artists
Ahead of our 2017 programme, Southbank Sinfonia is excited to reveal two new artistic appointments to our team: Rebecca Miller joins us as Associate Conductor, and the Allegri Quartet as Associate Artists.
Our 15th birthday year begins with the appointment of Rebecca Miller as Southbank Sinfonia’s new Associate Conductor. Described by The Times as ‘a miracle of perpetual motion’, Rebecca has been a frequent guest artist in recent years, always bringing brilliant energy and exactitude to projects. A standing ovation met our 2016 Beethoven ‘Eroica’ collaboration, building on previous Free Rush Hour Concerts featuring Strauss, Stravinsky, Piazzolla and more.
In 2017, Rebecca will join the orchestra for a Free Rush Hour Concert featuring Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony and Korngold’s Violin Concerto, and again later in the year to conduct Bach’s magnificent B Minor Mass.
“I’m thrilled to be appointed Associate Conductor of Southbank Sinfonia. It’s been a great pleasure to work with this amazing, unique organisation, and an honour to have been one of their few annually-returning artists. I’m continually amazed at the orchestra’s innovation, creativity, resourcefulness, cutting-edge projects, and the extremely high quality that they put into everything that they do.
I of course have much admiration for the extremely talented young players who join every year, but also for the amazing management team and unique organisational structure which I think is a real paradigm for orchestras. Southbank Sinfonia’s impressive and expansive structure of partnerships looks to the future, creating a long-lasting web of community connections and truly taking music across borders and boundaries. It continually proves that music is an essential part of human culture and a means for bringing us together.
I am excited to embark on this new chapter of my relationship with the orchestra and can’t wait to see what our collective creative thinking will bring.” Rebecca Miller
Chamber music has always been integral to Southbank Sinfonia, giving the players the chance to take charge of the creative process together and forge connections they can transplant to the orchestral ensemble. We are thrilled to welcome the celebrated Allegri Quartet as our new Associate Artists, having drawn upon their astonishing energy and insights in a number of collaborative projects over the last two years.
In 2017, they coach our players on exhilarating contemporary chamber music, join us once again at the Anghiari Festival, and disperse among the orchestra for a powerful chamber Rush Hour in October.
“The Allegri Quartet is delighted to become an Associate Artist of Southbank Sinfonia. Over the past two years, we have collaborated on an array of exciting projects in the UK and in Italy, coaching and performing side-by-side with the orchestra’s musicians. From Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet to sitting at the heart of the orchestra for Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, we have been hugely impressed by Southbank Sinfonia’s commitment to the music, as well as the sheer professionalism they have displayed.
In 2017 we are looking forward to deepening the association, first providing in-depth chamber music coaching to help Southbank Sinfonia’s new cohort of musicians bond right at the beginning of their fellowship, later in the year returning to the Anghiari Festival, Tuscany, and in October leading a Free Rush Hour Concert at St John’s Waterloo that culminates with Copland’s verdant original chamber arrangement of Appalachian Spring.” The Allegri Quartet
Southbank Sinfonia’s full 2017 programme will be announced on Friday 3 February.
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