Summer in the Square: Finale

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Summer in the Square: Finale
Maurice Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 'Italian'
Simon Over Conductor
Tom Poster piano

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.


A double-bill of Ravel and Mendelssohn's Italian symphony closes our Summer in the Square 2021 festival!

We open our finale concert with Ravel's 1910 orchestration of Pavane pour une infante défunte. Ravel described this piece as "an evocation of a pavane that a little princess might, in former times, have danced at the Spanish court."  Similar to some of his contemporaries, Ravel was intrigued by Spanish sensibilities and customs, with his Rapsodie espagnole and Boléro also representing this theme. Although not quite as expressionistic as many of his other works, Pavane is a solid entry in Ravel's oeuvre. 

Described as "mercurially brilliant" (The Strad), we are thrilled to be welcoming Tom Poster to perform Ravel's brilliant Piano Concerto in G. This virtuosic work entertains, just how Ravel intended. With some highly expressive sections to more fiery and technically demanding themes, the concerto engrosses the listener and will take you on a musical adventure. 

What better way to conclude the festival that is usually part of our Italian tour, than with Mendelssohn's creative 'Italian Symphony! Composed during a tour around Europe, Mendelssohn was taken in by the charm of Italy and all it had to offer. Referred to as one of his jolliest symphonies, this work is the perfect was to end our Summer in the Square Festival.


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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