Deadline is midnight tonight for applications to perform with Lang Lang at Royal Festival Hall. Heres a personal message from Lang Lang himself.

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Ether 2011: Steve Reich’s Drumming with the Colin Currie Group

Ether has established itself as a festival of experimentation, contemporary classical and groundbreaking work. This year it features minimalist composer Steve Reich’s 1971 masterpiece,Drumming. Universally hailed as one of the great composers of our time and heralded by bands such as Radiohead and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Steve Reich has transformed the world of contemporary music with his innovative approach to harmony, rhythm and form.

A pioneer in his field, Reich used the technique of phasing in a number of his works. Phasing occurs when two musicians play a single repeated pattern in unison. Player One then changes their tempo slightly while Player Two maintains the original tempo. Eventually they are both several beats out of sync with each other. In Drumming four drummers phase in and out with each other, and are then joined by more musicians in parts two, three and four.

For Ether Festival the acclaimed Colin Currie group will be performing Drumming in its entirety as well as hosting a free pre-concert event where they will be demonstrating and discussing sections of the piece.

See the Colin Currie Group play Steve Reich’s Drumming at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 8 and 9 April 2011 as part of Ether 2011. Get tickets here.

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Major Orchestral Seasons on sale NOW

On Sale Now: Shell Classic International 2011/12 bringing great orchestras from around the world to Royal Festival Hall featuring Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel and Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, a major project with Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin, Pierre Boulez and Ensemble intercontemporain.

London Philharmonic Orchestra 2011/12: Highlights include Renée Fleming and an exploration of Sergei Prokofiev: Man of the people? involving stage and screen with Vladimir Jurowski.




Philharmonia Orchestra 2011/12: Highlights include The still point of the turning world’: Music that defines an era featuring iconic works of the late 19th and 20th centuries and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Sibelius’s epic choral symphony Kullervo.



Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 2011/12: Highlights include The Works, a new series of events giving you an informal guided tour of a well-known piece of music, Sir Simon Rattle returns and Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet with Sir Mark Elder.



Southbank Centre is marking its 60th birthday in 2011 and we would like to invite young people from around the country to help us celebrate. We are on the lookout for pianists aged 5 to 24 for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on the Royal Festival Hall stage with superstar pianist Lang Lang. He is searching for young talent to join him on stage at Southbank Centre on Sunday 22 May at 5pm for a massed piano event. Passionate young people (of all abilities) from across the UK are invited to apply.

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Deadline for entries via file transfer is midnight on 28 February 2011.

We’re really looking forward to hearing from you all!

Live stream of OAE tonight

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s From a dream to revolution concert tonight at Queen Elizabeth hall will be streamed online live and free, starting with the pre-concert interview with conductor David Zinman at 5.45pm and then followed by the concert at 7pm.

Watch the live stream here

“One of classical music’s wrens” – Mark Padmore on Gerald Finzi

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“Birds with striking plumage usually have horrible voices and it is the dull brown birds that sing beautifully – contrast the magpie with the wren… I want to make a case for taking the time to get to know a composer whose song is quiet and subtle.”

Read more from tenor Mark Padmore on the joys of discovering Finzi’s music in his Guardian article.

On Wednesday 9 February at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Mark Padmore and Britten Sinfonia perform Finzi’s Dies natalis, settings of poems by Thomas Traherne expressing the amazed vision of a newborn child experiencing the world for the first time. The programme also includes music for strings by Tippett, Purcell and Walton. Click here for full details and to book.