anoushka shankar at the Southbank centre

Southbank Centre presents its line-up of gigs and contemporary music for February 2019.

The line-up includes a UK exclusive with French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen, platinum-selling producer, songwriter, composer, conductor and musician Troy Miller with double Mercury Award-nominated Laura Mvula and Olivier Award-nominated Shaun Escoffery, and virtuoso Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer Marius Neset.


MARIUS NESET Tuesday 5 February 2019, 8.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £18

Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer Marius Neset brings his energetic creativity to Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room for this live performance. A virtuoso performer and composer, Neset creates intricate, compelling music that he has toured across Europe.

TROY MILLER’S GERSHWIN REIMAGINED Sunday 10 February 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £35 – £55

Composer and producer Troy Miller presents Gershwin Reimagined, a night of timeless classics such as ‘Embraceable You’, ‘Summertime’ and ‘I Got Rhythm’ performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra. The night features the electrifying vocals of double Mercury Award-nominated Laura Mvula and Olivier Award-nominated Shaun Escoffery who, as well as releasing five albums, has played Mufasa in the West End musical The Lion King since 2008 – the longest a West End actor has played a single part continuously.

LOST WORDS, FOLK MUSIC AND SPELL SONGS Tuesday 12 February 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15 – £20

Julie Fowlis

Eight leading folk musicians perform new commissions based on the book The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. This protest at the loss of the natural world around us, and a celebration of its wonders will include performances from singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, kora player Seckou Keita, Scottish contemporary folk musician and songwriter Kris Drever, British composer Kerry Andrew, singer and harpist Rachel Newton, cellist Beth Porter and multi-instrumentalist Jim Molyneux.

PURCELL SESSIONS: ERASED TAPES X LCO – QASIM NAQVI Tuesday 12 February 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15

Qasim Naqvi creates new music in this experimental series, which brings together globally-respected London-based independent record label Erased Tapes, and one of the UK’s most innovative ensembles – the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO). When he’s not on tour as the drummer of Dawn of Midi, Brooklyn-based composer Naqvi creates original music for film, dance, theatre and international chamber ensembles. Each collaboration in the Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes X LCO series introduces handpicked Erased Tapes artists to Southbank Centre’s most intimate venue, the Purcell Room, on four dates throughout the year. In free, open workshops, audiences get an insight into how the artists work together before exclusive evening performances.

HANSON STRING THEORY Friday 15 February 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, Under 14s should be accompanied by an adult, £35 – £95

Pop-rock trio Hanson present unforgettable favourites and unreleased material in this live performance of their new symphonic album String Theory. Hanson’s most ambitious musical project to date features songs spanning the band’s career, including some of their best-known tunes alongside brand new material telling a story of aspiration, despair, fortitude and ultimately a return to optimism. Created in collaboration with Academy Award-winning arranger David Campbell.

YANN TIERSEN Tuesday 19 February – Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £30 – £40  

Yann Tiersen

French multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen, who charmed hearts and minds with his soundtrack to 2001 film Amélie, presents his tenth album, ALL in the Royal Festival Hall. The album is the first to be recorded at Tiersen’s new studio, venue and community centre, The Eskal Project, built in an abandoned discotheque on the small island of Ushant in the Celtic Sea. It incorporates field recordings from the redwood forests of California to Tempelhof airport in Berlin and features special guest vocalists, many of whom will join Tiersen for these exclusive London dates 


FRIDAY LUNCH: JAYWALKERS Friday 8 February 2019, 1pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Central Bar, Level 2, Free

Jaywalkers bring their inventive and virtuosic brand of Americana to Friday Lunch. The acoustic trio has delighted audiences all around Europe for over ten years. The group provides a combination of powerhouse bass, blistering fiddle and mandolin, and three-part harmonies with a fuller sound that is expected from just three acoustic musicians. Their live set sees country heartbreak and bluegrass dynamism applied to issues of the modern day – and to life as a touring band.

FRIDAY LUNCH: TAMAS TESZARY QUARTET Friday 1 February 2019, 1pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Central Bar, Level 2, Free

Vibraphonist Tamas Teszary presents his nouveau-bop quartet, bringing you classic jazz and bebop sounds with a modern edge. With Imre Varga on piano, Wun Yen Chan on bass and Cyro Zuzi on drums, the Tamas Teszary Quartet play original compositions from debut album Bopcore, alongside reimaginings of classic tracks.