When percussion virtuoso Colin Currie is around, you can expect the unexpected. The acclaimed artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre leads his ensemble in three works by the minimalist composer Steve Reich.

One is the iconic Music for 18 Musicians which bathes the listener in captivating waves of sound, and another is the recently-premiered Quartet for vibraphones and keyboards written specially for the ensemble. Not so much a concert as a live-installation-cum-theatrical-happening, this chill-out evening will immerse you in a floating world of hypnotic, trance-like soundscapes. A feast for the eyes, ears, and spirit.

Recognised for his “athletic percussionism, compulsive showmanship and deep musicality” (Guardian), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

Currie regularly collaborates in recital and chamber music with a number of major artists, including Nicholas Hodges, Håkan Hardenberger and the Pavel Haas Quartet.

April 26 2015, 7:30pm

Colin Currie percussion
Colin Currie Group
Synergy Vocals

Steve Reich Music for pieces of wood
Steve Reich Quartet
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians

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Britten Sinfonia’s Associate Leader, Thomas Gould directs this programme centred on Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s beautifully realised and heartfelt arrangement for strings of Bach’s great keyboard work, The Goldberg Variations.

Pianist Alasdair Beatson joins Gould forHans Abrahamsen’s Double Concerto alongside a new work, My Curves Are Not Mad, by Tom Coult.

Thomas Gould performs as soloist with orchestras worldwide including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, LA Phil New Music Group, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and West Australian Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as John Adams, Thomas Adès, Nicholas Collon, Paul Daniel, Edward Gardner and Robin Ticciati.

Thomas regularly appears at the largest UK venues, and in recent seasons has performed at venues including London's Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Evening News Arena, and Birmingham's Symphony Hall and National Indoor Arena.

Thomas has a great enthusiasm for bringing classical music to new audiences, and has headlined events such as Nonclassical, Limelight and Classical Kicks at Ronnie Scott's, as well as performing at major festivals including Latitude, London Jazz Festival and Festival No.6.

March 22 2015, 7:30pm

Thomas Gould violin/director
Alasdair Beatson piano
Carlos del Cueto conductor*

Locatelli Concerto Grosso Op.1 No.11 in C minor
Tom Coult My Curves Are Not Mad (new work)*
Hans Abrahamsen Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings*
Bach arr. Sitkovetsky Goldberg Variations