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Classical music is boundless, yet concert presentation has hardly changed in 200 years. What if we’re missing out on something?

Throughout 2017, our concerts at St John’s Waterloo are set to become a laboratory where orchestra and audience can explore new approaches together.

Fresh from the National Theatre’s vibrant new staging of Amadeus, we will ask how experimenting with layout, lighting, movement and concertwear can refresh the power of orchestral performance.

Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, our eight #ConcertLab performances will probe areas of musical presentation ripe for re-imagination, and charge a new generation of musicians with the confidence and skills to push their own boundaries. Working alongside movement directors, choreographers and lighting designers, while never sacrificing the quality of music, we invite you to join us for a journey into the unknown.

Of course, no orchestra is complete without its audience and we want to hear your thoughts throughout the year too. From concert feedback to any ideas of your own, join the discussion online using the hashtag #ConcertLab, or talk to the musicians at our concerts.

View  upcoming #ConcertLab performances

#ConcertLab 2017

Rush Hour #2: Cinematic
Thursday 23 February | 6.00pm

When does a concert experience begin? How might the musicians themselves set the scene for all the drama ahead? 


#ConcertLab | Southbank Sinfonia

Rush Hour #5: Chambers
Thursday 16 March | 6.00pm

How might classical concerts adapt the performance space to draw audiences closer to the emotion of the music?

#ConcertLab | Southbank Sinfonia

Rush Hour #6: Re-Dress
Thursday 23 March | 6.00pm

33 musicians, 33 styles. Attire plays a huge role in dance or theatre – what role could concertwear have in concerts? 

#ConcertLab | Southbank Sinfonia

Rush Hour #9: Stripped
Thursday 1 June | 6.00pm

Could opera stripped of its usual ornate costume better reveal the music’s enduring modernity? 

#ConcertLab | Southbank Sinfonia

Rush Hour #10: Motion
Thursday 8 June | 6.00pm and 8.00pm

Why stand still? Could movement help convey more of the boundless spirit in orchestral music? 

#ConcertLab | Southbank Sinfonia

Waterloo Festival: Immersion
Thursday 22 June | 7.30pm

Concert lights tend to have two settings: on and off. But how might atmospheric lighting enhance the power of a performance? 

#ConcertLab | Southbank Sinfonia

Rush Hour #13: Twilight
Thursday 28 September | 9.00pm

Concert lights tend to have two settings: on and off. But how might atmospheric lighting enhance the power of a performance? 

#ConcertLab | Southbank Sinfonia

Rush Hour #15: Dance
Thursday 12 October | 6.00pm

How far is it possible to push the physicality of orchestral performance, humanising music meant for dancing? 

#ConcertLab | Southbank Sinfonia