Round Chapel Sessions

Three immersive short films - experience an orchestra from within

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented art.

Amidst seemingly endless obstacles to live concerts, we embraced restrictions and used social distancing as a creative device. Three cinematic films shot in the visually-stunning surroundings of Hackney's Round Chapel immerse the viewer within the orchestra, as if wandering through a live performance led by conductor Chloé van Soeterstède.

To be released weekly across December 2020, these films explore music by Cecilia McDowall, Jessie Montgomery, Sally Beamish, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor for a new, intimate, digital concert experience.

Watch all three Round Chapel Sessions below.

Produced in partnership with Teralon Media
With grateful thanks to The Scops Arts Trust

SESSION 3




SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Novelletten op.52, No.1 & No.4

'Schmaltz' is not always a bad word. These charming Novellettens tell the story of violins waltzing around the dance floor; cellos weeping through nostalgic tunes and violas longing for more than just an “oom-pah-pah”. The basses and percussion add a touch of humour and spice – they’re the true heroes of this tale.

SESSION 2




JESSIE MONTGOMERY Starburst

Relentlessly rhythmic, Starburst depicts the unpredictable nature of a group of stars so powerful it changes the structure of an entire galaxy. Jagged, fiery violin gestures compete with the ice-cool gloss of string harmonics, creating a musical supernova of light and colour.

SALLY BEAMISH Reckless

A second bolt of rhythmic lighting and we’re left breathless by a riot of sounds and textures. 'Reckless' rips open the orchestra to reveal the inner workings in all its technicolour and – well, reckless – glory.

SESSION 1




CECILIA MCDOWALL Rain, Steam, and Speed

Out of the mist and across the Maidenhead Viaduct a gauge engine appears. A pair of clarinets dance like hares across the tracks; the shimmering strings paint a pastoral landscape. JMW Turner’s painting of the same name provides the inspiration for Cecilia McDowall’s atmospheric and symphonic journey along the Great Western Railway.

MEET OUR CONDUCTOR

Chloé van Soeterstède
READ HERE

FROM THE PLAYERS

Cathy and Toby discuss Session 1
WATCH HERE

THE VENUE

Round Chapel, Hackney
READ HERE

MEET THE ORCHESTRA

The musicians of Southbank Sinfonia 2020
LEARN MORE

FROM THE ORCHESTRA

Flora and Alec discuss Session 3
WATCH HERE

THE MUSIC

Starburst by Jessie Montgomery
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IN CONVERSATION

Our conductor, Chloé chats to our horn player, Antonia about being women in classical music
WACTH HERE

MEET THE COMPOSER

More about Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
READ HERE

The Creative Team

Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra
Chloé van Soeterstède Conductor
Teralon Media Film Production
James Ivey Sound Engineer

Marcus Norman Project Lead
Felix Lo Orchestra Manager
Kate Walker Communications Assistant
Crystal Feng Orchestra Assistant & Librarian




These films are unticketed and free to watch.
Find out how you can support Southbank Sinfonia here