Watch a film of the New Music 20×12 composers talking about their commissions

You can experience all 20 commissions across one weekend at Southbank Centre from 13-15 July. Don’t miss your chance to get involved in talks, debates and workshops, as well as a unique opportunity to book a one-to-one composer surgery with one of the New Music 20×12 composers.

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PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme initiated by Jillian Barker and David Cohen, and delivered in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG and NMC Recordings.



Bryn Terfel appeared on Newsnight last night to talk about his festival Brynfest which is at the Southbank Centre next week. You can also see his encore from Tuesday evening’s concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

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Watch out, Bryn’s about!

Opera Super star Bryn Terfel kicks off his four-day festival, BRYFEST next week at Southbank Centre. With a surprise appearance at the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra encore last night with Gustavo Dudamel, we can’t wait for his performances in The Golden Age of Broadway (4 July) and An Evening of Opera Classics (5 July).

The Guardian talks about Bryn’s summer perfomances at Southbank Centre next week


Surprise encore at the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra last night: BRYN TERFEL

The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra brought our Sounds Venezuela four-day festival to a close, performing their final concert last night at Royal Festival Hall. Dudamel and his orchestra treated our audiences to Esteban Benzecry’s Rituales Amerindios and Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. The live stream of this concert will be available soon- watch the space.

The Southbank Centre’s Sounds Venezuela festival, part of Shell Classic International came to a spectacular end as Opera super star Bryn Terfel performed a roof-raising encore with Dudamel and the orchestra ahead of his four-day festival next week BRYNFEST. 

ImageBRYNFEST celebrates the marvellous bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and the culture of Wales. Bryn performs everything from musical theatre to his favrouite arias in a series of concerts from 4 – 7 July. Fancy a night of toe-tapping songs from the golden age of broadway? Experience the power of opera with drama, betrayl, tragedy and love with Bryn Terfel and special guests. Or join us on Southbank Centre’s festival terrace for your chance to sing with Bryn Terfel in Bryn’s Big Sing. Tickets are still available.

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Our weekend of free events, workshops and performances is almost finished! We have had a fantastic couple of days exploring the power of art and music to change the world. We have had great responses from loads of people who were here to take part, including this blog  on Sinfini Music. On the matter of Saturday’s concert, The Guardian said that Dudamel displayed ” instinctive virtuosity” and Bachtrack commented that “the power he brought to the music was astonishing”.

We are finishing the weekend with a bang with tonight’s sold out concert by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel. Watch the live stream of the sold out concert here: and join in the conversation on twitter tonight using #bolivarlive.

You can now watch Saturday’s concert in full on the Southbank Centre Classical Music microsite until the end of the summer!


The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela have arrived at the Southbank Centre and we are all getting very excited!

Following an amazing concert last night in Stirling (which you can watch on BBC iPlayer until 28 June), the Orchestra is taking up residence with us for ‘with us for four days, from 23 – 26 June.

Join the action!
You can watch the sold out concerts LIVE on The Guardian website at 8pm on Saturday 23 and Tuesday 26 June.
Come along to see the roof-raising percussion and brass ensembles from the orchestra on Sunday 24 June at 8pm TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE.

Tell us what you think with #bolivarlive on twitter.


Composer David Braid and pianist Sergei Podobedov will appear together on BBC Radio 3’s InTune programme on June 29th ahead of their forthcoming concert at Southbank Centre. The show starts at 4.30pm that day but will also be available on iplayer.

David will be discussing his recent work and Sergei will be performing ‘Lyrical Toccata’ one of the ‘Three Pieces for Piano’ that feature on David’s new CD with Toccata Classics: ‘Chamber and Instrumental Music’, Please see: for details of the new disc, which will be released next month.

Sergei will also be performing some movements from Schumann’s Carnaval, which he will perform in full at David Braid’s forthcoming CD launch concert at the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, on Monday 2nd July at 19:45.

We are offering a special offer on tickets for this event – £8 for the best available seats. Simply type the word ‘BRAIDMUSIC’ into the promo-code box on the event page before choosing your seats.

For more information on David Braid and Sergei Podobedov, please see: and

To find out more about the concert, and to book tickets, click here