All star line-up for Turner Sims

Turner Sims favourite Paul Lewis is back in the autumn

Turner Sims favourite Paul Lewis is back in the autumn

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THE international programme for Turner Sims this autumn sees a first time visit from jazz legend Hugh Masekela, while US saxophone maestro David Murray returns for a rare visit as part of the Jazz@Turner Sims series.

The Southampton venue hosts the opening night of Joanna MacGregor’s new project Graphic Scores and the acclaimed Piano Series continues with recitals from pianists including Mitsuko Uchida and Paul Lewis.

Folk legends Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick appear in the Global Voyages series which also includes appearances from Bombino and the inspiring Inner Vision Orchestra.

Pianist Christian Blackshaw (September 24) makes his Turner Sims debut to open the season with a recital of Mozart, Schubert and Schumann.

Mitsuko Uchida (November 16) performs one of Beethoven’s most audacious works – the Diabelli Variations – on her visit, while Turner Sims favourite Paul Lewis (January 9) returns with three unusual, atmospheric works by Liszt and Mussorgsky’s dazzling Pictures At An Exhibition as well as Bach and Beethoven.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom is joined by baroque experts The English Concert (October 24) to celebrate “royal” music by Handel and Purcell.

For its return to Turner Sims, the Aurora Orchestra (November 7) conducted by Nicholas Collon, presents Benjamin Britten’s complete existing documentary film scores, performed alongside the original films with narration from actor Samuel West.

Jazz@Turner Sims welcomes a host of internationally acclaimed artists, opening with the winners of Best Jazz Ensemble at the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, The Impossible Gentlemen (October 12).

US sax star David Murray brings his Infinity Quartet (October 17) to perform his highly lauded new album Be My Monster Love.

Fellow saxophonist Denys Baptiste (October 25) returns to Turner Sims, bringing his project – Now Is The Time…Let Freedoom Ring! – that pays tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” oration.

Premier ambassadors of hot jazz and western swing, Hot Club of Cowtown (October 31) appear with their tenacious and virtuosic live show in tow. South African maestro Hugh Masekela and his long-time friend and pianist Larry Willis (November 12) perform in a rare show that revisits their friendship stretching back to their days together at college in New York in the 60s.

The Godfather of British jazz, Stan Tracey (December 12), presents his new suite, A Child’s Christmas, for the festive season.

Two of folk’s greatest innovators Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick (October 19) perform as part of Global Voyages.

Baluji Shrivastav leads the Inner Vision Orchestra (October 5) through their uplifting music that moves between songs from Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria, to soulful Gospel and Blues to sublime Indian Ragas and Western classical compositions.

Tuareg guitarist and singer Bombino (October 26) makes his first visit to Turner Sims, performing from his stunning new album Nomad and the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers bring their thundering show The Way Of The Drum (November 26).

In a unique collaboration Clara Sanabras (November 29) is joined by the Elysian Quartet, Harvey Brough and the University of Southampton’s community choir for a musical voyage entitled Songs Of Spanish Exile.

Author Kari Herbert (October 22) tells the story of the remarkable women behind polar exploration as part of the Turner Sims lecture series.

Continuing the celebration of the Britten centenary in 2013, Turner Sims’ special series of concerts for the autumn include the Aurora Orchestra’s Britten Films concert (November 7).

Mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and pianist Imogen Cooper’s recital (December 5) includes two Britten cycles (Winter Words and A Charm of Lullabies) alongside Schubert and Mussorgsky.

And in Discover Britten (October 20) – the composer’s music, life and personality will be explored. Guest speakers include cellist Matthew Barley, whose yearlong project Around Britten was launched at Turner Sims in January.

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