classical music

Southbank Sinfonia: Mendelssohn's Scottish

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Conductor Gabor Takács-Nagy brings his trademark high energy to Mendelssohn’s otherworldly melodies, and music by his fellow countryman Bartók.

Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito was written in under a month – and possibly in only 12 days. The overture fully demonstrates the composer’s characteristic flair.

The ‘divertimento’ (Italian for ‘diversion’) form was once made popular by Classical composers such as Mozart. Bartók’s piece for string orchestra was written in a cottage in the Swiss alps where he was the guest of a wealthy patron.

Blasio Kavuma is a London-based composer who draws from both classical and popular musical traditions to create a versatile, forward-thinking style.

Mendelssohn wrote the first resonant bars of his Symphony No.3 while visiting Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, the site of the murder of David Rizzio, Mary Stuart’s private secretary, by her husband.


Southbank Sinfonia
Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor


Mozart: Overture, La clemenza di Tito
Blasio Kavuma: New work (World premiere)
Bartók: Divertimento
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor (Scottish)

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 105 mins
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    • Mon 2 November 2020
      • 7:30 pm


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£11 - £33
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£11, £15, £23, £33


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