Summer in the Square: Classical Jubilation

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Summer in the Square: Classical Jubilation
Felix Mendelssohn Overture to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
WA Mozart Flute Concerto No.2 in D Major
Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto
WA Mozart Symphony No.32 in G Major
David Corkhill Conductor
Catherine Hare flute
Guillermo Ramasasa clarinet

Four concerts. Three days. Welcome to our first Summer in the Square festival.

Summer in the Square is a three-day long festival encompassing some incredible classical music performances from our fellowship musicians and special guests that will take you across the varied landscapes of Europe, from Ravel’s unique French approach, to the classic and timeless stylings of Mozart and Beethoven.

In “normal times”, Southbank Sinfonia travels to Anghiari every July for a week-long festival in the glorious Italian sunshine. We may not be able to travel to our home away from home this year, but we still want to bring a slice of Italian sun to central London this July.

Connecting people through music is our goal, so we invite you to join us at St John’s Smith Square for this very special festival.


In this exciting evening concert we will be celebrating works by Mozart, Nielsen and Mendelssohn.

A double-bill of Mozart features in this concert, with Catherine Hare taking the stage to perform Mozart's Second Flute Concerto. An honest reworking of an earlier Oboe Concerto, K.314 is quintessential Mozart both in style and delivery. After a disastrous trip to Paris in 1779, Mozart composed Symphony No.32. This short symphony is in three movements that run without a break. The symphony has been likened to the stylings of Italian overtures, however it remains firmly in the symphonic genre. 

Guillermo Ramasasa will be our soloist for Carl Nielsen's dynamic Clarinet Concerto. Composed in 1928, the concerto was written near the end of Nielsen's life. The piece represents the constant mood changes Nielsen felt during this more turbulent part of his life. The virtuosic clarinet part is a marvel to behold, and we cannot wait to share this performance with you.

Opening the concert is Mendelssohn's overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream. Written when he was just 17 years old, this piece cemented Mendelssohn's career very early on. The overture celebrates the classical form and the sparkling harmony that goes with it.


Summer in the Square Festival: Concert Dates and Times

Friday 23rd July | 7pm | £15

Saturday 24th July | 1pm | £10

Saturday 24th July | 7pm | £15

Sunday 25th July | 3pm |£15

Festival Pass | £40 - Join us at all four concerts and receive a discount on your tickets!


Tickets are ONLY available online and must be booked in advance. Booking closes two hours before the performances start time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to admit anyone who hasn't booked in advance.

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).  


We may not be able to be in Anghiari in person this year, but we can be virtually! We will be livestreaming all concerts in our Summer in the Square Festival for our Friends over in Anghiari, and you can tune in too! These concerts will be available as an online livestream on this event page on the day of the performance. Booking is not required to watch this concert as a free livestream, but you can donate to our work supporting talented young musicians here.

This concert is currently being sold as a socially distanced concert. However, all being well, after the government announcement on Monday 12th July, we hope to be given the green light to return to full capacity. If this happens, we will make more tickets available and look forward to the possibility of welcoming a full audience! Please keep an eye out for further details.

Tickets £15
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