A short history of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

This year the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig celebrates its 275th anniversary, a remarkable milestone for any orchestra, but especially for one so ingrained in its surroundings. From the moment the Großes Concert enterprise that would go on to become the orchestra gave their first public performance in 1743, the music and legacy of this ensemble have been forever entwined with their city of Leipzig.

Ahead of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig’s performances here at Southbank Centre in October we caught up with double-bass player Eberhard Spree - himself a veteran of almost three decades with the orchestra - to get a glimpse into the fascinating history of this truly unique ensemble, from Bach to Blomstedt.

A short history of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig


Herbert Blomstedt once said that the Gewandhauskapellmeister is - after the Lord Mayor - the most important person in Leipzig, and I think that’s true
Eberhard Spree, double-bassist with Gewandhausorchester

The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig played two special concerts here at Southbank Centre on 8 & 9 October 2018 as Andris Nelsons' made his London debut as the orchestra’s latest Kapellmeister.

Our 2018/19 Classical Season includes a great range of new music and premieres, as well as long-standing favourites from established orchestras and performers.

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