Sibelius cycle in London, first appearance at the new Philharmonie in Paris

As part of a one-week residency in London in February 2015, concerts with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker included the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius. The following debut of the orchestra at the newly opened Philharmonie in Paris was eagerly awaited.
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Sir Simon Rattle and Martin Hoffmann, general manager Berliner Philharmoniker
Monika Rittershaus by Markus Weidmann

20 Feb 2015

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Feb 2015

Our final destination on this tour: La Philharmonie de Paris. An amazing hall, although some gaps are still to be filled, especially backstage…

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Feb 2015

Great concert in Amsterdam, we love this hall!

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Andreas Blau, principal flute
Gabor Tarkövi, principal trumpet
Martin Kretzer, trumpet
Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe
Matthew McDonald, 1st principal double bass
Klaus Wallendorf, French horn and poet

20 Feb 2015

Before the concert in Amsterdam

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Malene Ito, 2nd violin
Matthew Hunter, viola
Knut Weber, cello
Holger Groschopp, piano

20 Feb 2015

Between rehearsal and concert in Amsterdam some of our musicians took part in an education workshop about improvisation with Lachenmann’s “Tableau” as topic.

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Rachel Schmidt, 2nd violin
Christoph von der Nahmer, 2nd violin
Florian Pichler, trumpet
Fergus McWilliam, French horn

19 Feb 2015

Concertgebouw before rehearsal

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Somebody kicked the 'n'
Alessandro Cappone, 1st violin
Luiz Felipe Coelho, 1st violin
Dorian Xhoxhi and Alvaro Parra, 1st violinn

19 Feb 2015

Rehearsal impressions from Amsterdam

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Amsterdam as seen by Hans Stockhausen.

17 Feb 2015

We have arrived in Amsterdam! Here are Markus Weidmann’s impressions from the Concertgebouw.

17 Feb 2015

London impressions by Markus Weidmann

17 Feb 2015

Finder: Monika Rittershaus

17 Feb 2015

How did they know? Fun find in a café in London.

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Egor Egorkin, piccolo flute, and Andreas Blau, solo flute
Andreas Blau, solo flute, and Albrecht Mayer, solo oboe
Our magnificent stagehands!
Jan Schlichte, percussion
Good bye London!

17 Feb 2015

A last bow, a big thank-you to orchestra, choir and soloists! Time to pack and move on to Amsterdam and Paris. We had a blast in London! Our deepest gratitude goes towards the Barbican and Southbank for making this residency not only possible but a great joy for everybody involved! Also a big thank-you to Askonas Holt for organizing this.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Feb 2015

The final result for the stage musicians for Mahler 2 at our last concert in London on Sunday.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Feb 2015

As part of our London residency the 12 Cellists played a family concert in the Royal Festival Hall moderated by Sarah Willis. Great response from our mostly young audience not only towards the music but especially the socks and Nikolaus Römisch’s football skills.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Feb 2015

Standing ovations nach Mahlers 2. Sinfonie in der Royal Festival Hall.

Standing ovations after Mahler’s 2nd Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall.

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London by night as seen by our double-bass academist Hans Stockhausen

15 Feb 2015

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15 Feb 2015

The Simons

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Feb 2015

Composer Helmut Lachenmann visited yesterday’s rehearsal of his “Tableau”.

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Franz Schindlbeck and Raphael Haeger
Jan Schlichte
Simon Roessler, Wieland Welzel and Jan Schlichte

15 Feb 2015

The percussion section having fun during the rehearsal

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Helena Madoka Berg, 2nd violin
Brass section
Bells up! French horns
1st solo cellists Ludwig Quandt and Bruno Delepelaire

15 Feb 2015

Probenimpressionen von Monika Rittershaus

Rehearsal impressions by Monika Rittershaus

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Peter Sellars and concertmaster Andreas Buschatz

15 Feb 2015

Peter Sellars dropped by at yesterday’s rehearsal to visit his philharmonic family.

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Too dangerous... look at that fire sign...
Nice for Andrej, but the rest?
better!
Much better!
Problem solved!

14 Feb 2015

Where shall we put these backstage musicians for Mahler 2?

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Christoph Igelbrink, cello; Esko Laine, double bass; Stefan Dohr, French horn; Mor Biron, bassoon; Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet
Esko Laine, double bass; Christoph Igelbrink, cello; Daishin Kashimoto, 1st violin; Romano Tommasini, 2nd violin; Mor Biron, bassoon; Stefan Dohr; French horn; Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet; Amihai Grosz, va

14 Feb 2015

The Philharmonic Octet Berlin opened the Southbank part of our Residency in the sold out Queen Elizabeth Hall yesterday. They played a Nielsen Quintet, a septet by Franz Berwald and the famous Schubert octet.

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Huw Humphreys and Jose Martins/Barbican and Andreas Ottensamer, Berliner Phlharmoniker
Solo clarinet Andreas Ottensamer warming up
Solo trombone Olaf Ott one step too late....
Double bass Gunars Upatnieks doing some tricks

13 Feb 2015

In a friendly game today in Bermondsey a team from the Royal College of Music played against the “FC Berliner Philharmoniker” with members of the orchestra, the Barbican team and the team of Askonas Holt. Our colleagues from the Royal College showed a convincing team spirit and won 6-3. Everybody had a lot of fun!

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

13 Feb 2015

Standing Ovation after yesterday’s concert at the Barbican with the last three symphonies by Jean Sibelius.

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Bettina Sartorius, 2nd violin
Simon Roturier, 2nd violin and Bruno Delepelaire, 1st Solo Cello
Julia Gartemann and Martin Stegner, viola

13 Feb 2015

Backstage preparation for our last Barbican concert

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

13 Feb 2015

Before yesterday evening’s concert the Young Orchestra for London had an open rehearsal/concert playing “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius. This orchestra consists of young London musicians who applied to be a member of this exciting project. Children from all London bouroughs played under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle on stage of the Barbican. An unforgettable experience for the young musicians and their audience!

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12 Feb 2015

Sibelius’ violin concerto was on the programme at the Barbican yesterday. Soloist Leonidas Kavakos, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker had a lot of fun playing it.

Photos: Mark Allen

(Photo: Mark Allen)

11 Feb 2015

At a reception before the concert principal cellist and member of the Media board Olaf Maninger held a short speech. He thanked the Barbican and Southbank for inviting the Berliner Philharmoniker to London.

Photos: Mark Allen

(Photo: Mark Allen)

11 Feb 2015

Welcome to London! Yesterday evening was the first of three consecutive Sibelius concerts at the Barbican as part of our London residency.

Photos: Mark Allen