From Bach and Vivaldi to Reich, Riley and Glass the Spring orchestral series, presented in association with Orchestras Live, spans four centuries of music. Bach’s Orchestral Suites, performed by the Academy showcase grand and graceful dances whilst La Serenissima’s new programme celebrates two years in Vivaldi’s life when his focus was on theatrical endeavours. Creative endeavours of a different kind can be found in the London Sinfonietta’s latest Landmarks programme. Explore the origins of American minimalism and experience classic works including Steve Reich’s Clapping Music and Terry Riley’s In C live.
Live performance was an integral part of Benjamin Britten’s life as a performer and conductor. Turner Sims contribution to the composer’s centenary year features not only his music but that of composers he knew and admired as well as contemporary reflections. The orchestral highlight is the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s new work which the Academy of St Martin in the Fields present in May. Another eminent British composer, John Woolrich, presents a specially curated programme in April.