St John’s Smith Square
Once the preserve of melancholic films and bare tonal landscapes, in recent years Scandinavian artists have revealed another side to their vibrant heritage – one that is rich in life and colour. As part of Southbank Centre’s year-long celebration of Nordic culture in 2017, Nordic Matters, this concert showcases some of the very best contemporary music from Nordic composers.
The programme sees the UK premiere of Norwegian composer Eivind Buene’s Sea Change as well as a new commission from Rolf Wallin – a composer whose fascination with nature and the human body manifests itself in shimmering harmonies and transparent orchestral textures – written for the charismatic Danish bassist Ida Nielsen.
Nordic Nights: Discovering Scandinavia’s hidden colours is performed by London Sinfonietta together with some amazing Nordic players such as Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (viola) and Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), who are both part of Crescendo – the Norwegian-international mentor programme in classical music.
This programme is also performed on 2 June at the Bergen International Festival. Sign up to our newsletter now to receive a 20% discount when you book your ticket.
Video: Festspillene i Bergen/Bergen International Festival