Rush Hour Concert and Livestream #7: Devotion

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Rush Hour Concert and Livestream #7: Devotion
Elfrida Andrée Overture in D (Edited by Susan Pickett)
Roxanna Panufnik Modlitwa
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 'Reformation'
Chloé van Soeterstède conductor

Joined by the fabulous Chloé van Soeterstède, our fellowship will take you on a musical journey of devotion with three powerful pieces of classical music.

Laden with rich hymn melodies, Elfrida Andrée's Overture in D is powerful in all the right places. From big swooping themes, to the Mendelssohn-like orchestration and melodic development, this overture was a triumph for the 19th century organist. 

Modlitwa ('Song') has received a number of different orchestrations between father-daughter super team Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik. The original, a vocal piece with piano accompaniment, turned into a chamber work for strings after Roxanna was asked to take the piece on again some years after her father's death. The music is based on a prayer, and this can be heard through the intricate orchestration and subtle dissonances throughout.

Felix Mendelssohn's mighty Fifth Symphony, also known as 'The Reformation', was composed for the 300th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. A key document in the Protestant Reformation, Mendelssohn channels this theme within the music by using popular hymn structures and traditional Church harmonies. The symphony was not published until 1868, 21 years after Mendelssohn's death. His devoted sister, Fanny, chose to subtitle it 'The Reformation Symphony'.

Described as "intuitive", "expressive", and bearing a "positive presence", we are absolutely thrilled to be welcome Chloé van Soeterstède back to conduct Southbank Sinfonia.  


Streamed live from our new home, St John’s Smith Square, join us for an hour of inspiring classical music.

A link to watch this livestream will be available on the day of the performance on this event page.

Booking is not required to watch this concert as a free online livestream, but you can donate to our work supporting talented young musicians here


Join us as we open the doors to St John’s Smith Square for a socially-distanced audience to attend this concert in person. We will be operating a new 'Pay as You Can' ticketing system that aims to keep the concerts open to all whilst enabling those who can do so to support Southbank Sinfonia's work in a simple and Covid-19 secure way.

Advanced booking is necessary if you would like to attend this concert in person. Booking closes two hours before the performance start time. Unfortunately we will not be able to admit anyone who hasn’t booked in advance.



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Once tickets have been purchased you will receive an e-ticket, which can be saved on to your device (i.e. a mobile phone or tablet) to show when you arrive for the concert. Doors open half an hour before the concert start time. If you are unable to book online or have any issues booking please call the St John's Smith Square Box Office helpline on: 020 7222 1061 (please note that this line is only operated on Mondays and Thursdays between 2pm-5pm). 

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