If you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, fear not! We’ve picked some highlights from the Spring 17 season at Turner Sims, which would make perfect gift ideas for someone special, rest assured your Christmas surprises will really sparkle this year!

Violinist Chloë Hanslip and pianist Danny Driver present a complete cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas – a first for the artists and for Turner Sims. These 10 works re-defined the landscape for the violin and piano repertoire. Across three concerts we have the opportunity to understand them with insights from Chloë and Danny and other contributors. It promises to be a fascinating journey.

1917 was a defining year for jazz, which saw the birth of some of its most influential artists: Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Tadd Dameron, Buddy Rich and Mongo Santamaria. Pianist and composer Peter Edwards debuts his new work, a Turner Sims commission, as part of the PRS Foundation’s extraordinary New Music Biennial initiative: A Journey with the Giants of Jazz, to be performed by the outstanding Nu Civilisation Orchestra.

Renowned as an insightful interpreter of Russian repertoire, distinguished pianist Peter Donohoe presents a rare opportunity to hear Prokofiev’s landmark trilogy of works in a single sitting. The so-called War sonatas were written during the Second World War and premiered by a trio of legendary pianists: the composer himself, Sviastoslav Richter and Emil Gilels respectively. Tonight’s performance follows the release of Peter Donohoe’s complete cycle of Prokofiev’s sonatas on SOMM Records, all recorded at Turner Sims.

John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan join forces to make guitar super-group 6 Hands, expect rousing solos, duos and trios.

Benjamin Grosvenor’s programme to close the Piano Series includes Beethoven’s popular Moonlight sonata.

Acclaimed Jazz saxophonist Julian Argüelles performs with the Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO) playing music from his South African inspired album Let It Be Told.

The UnThanks revisit Molly Drake’s charming and bittersweet songs, works that are extraordinary enough to rank alongside those of her son, Nick Drake.

British-born Jazz Giant Courtney Pine CBE, returns to Turner Sims with UK soul star Omar, this special project brings together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents, performing material together for the first time.

After two sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe finally takes his smash hit show on tour. SONGS ON FILM pays tribute to much-loved movies. From Hollywood’s golden age to the classic films of the 80’s, to the work of Tarantino, Tati, Paramount and Pixar, Joe and his remarkable band perform songs written for and inspired by some of the greatest films of the last century.

For further details of events for Spring 17 please see here

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