Free Rush Hour Concerts
With our series of bite-sized concerts at St John’s Waterloo, across the road from Waterloo station, there’s a whole world of invigorating music just waiting to be discovered in 2015 – and all for free.
From a Colossal Mahler symphony to daring chamber works, and Baroque treasures to symphonic jazz, the sheer versatility of what an orchestra can sound and look like is put on show. You’ll share the rush of emotions felt by our players as they plunge into works afresh, drawing from the youthful energy of 33 of the most talented graduate musicians from around the world.
If you’re new to classical music, this is the perfect way to dip a toe in the water. If you’re a seasoned concert-goer, we guarantee you’ll find something new alongside the players themselves.
What have you got to lose? Divert your commute home, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and delve into an hour of exhilarating music.
6.00pm on Thursdays throughout the year.
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This year we’re thrilled to be collaborating with an array of internationally acclaimed guest artists and partners. Particular highlights include:
Thursday 26 February | 6.00pm
We perform Prokofiev’s sparkling ‘Classical’ Symphony unconducted alongside the Academy of St Martin in the Fields – one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world.
Thursday 28 May | 6.00pm
Under the baton of Principal Conductor Simon Over, the full symphonic form of one of Brahms’ greatest works – his joyful Symphony No.2 – is brought to life, complete with a breathless finale of triumphant brass.
Thursday 11 June | 6.00pm
Internationally acclaimed jazz virtuoso Guy Barker, who’s CV includes projects with Paloma Faith, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sting and countless others, joins us with his 16-piece band for the London premiere of his orchestration of Miles Davis’ iconic album Kind of Blue.
Thursday 1 October | 6.00pm
John Wilson, fresh from six years of sold-out BBC Proms performances, returns to conduct an all-American programme set to include Barber, Copland and more.
Southbank Sinfonia in action in a free Rush Hour concert earlier in 2014: