Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 19:30

How does one make contemporary classical music interesting for a wide range of audiences? Gillian Moore, Music Director and Curator of the Southbank Centre’s Classical and Contemporary Music program in London, talked about innovative educational programs and the modernization of concert activities, the possibility for the symbiosis of classics and other musical genres, and the reclamation of gender and racial balance in contemporary classical music. A special place in the Gillian Moore's lecture was allotted to her last brainchild: a book about Stravinsky’s music, The Rite of Spring — Music and Modernity, which has received high praise from British critics.

In 1983, Gillian Moore started to curate educational programs at the London Sinfonietta, one of the most famous chamber orchestras in the world, which specializes in new contemporary classical music and collaborates with major contemporary composers. She entered completely uncharted ground: no one had any idea of how contemporary classical music could be made interesting to wide audiences. Currently, she is one of the world's greatest experts in the promotion of contemporary classical music. From 1998 to 2006, she was Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta, and now she curates the musical policy of one of the best arts centers in the UK and around the world, the Southbank Centre in London. She has twice been awarded an Order of the British Empire for her educational endeavors. 

October 29, 7:30 - 9:00 pm 
New Holland Island, Pavillion
Saint Petersburg Admiralteysky Canal Embankment, 2

Free admission. Please register here.

The lecture was held in English with translation into Russian.

About the lecturer

Gillian Moore is Music Director and Curator of the Southbank Centre’s Classical and Contemporary Music program in London. Throughout her career, she collaborated with many renowned composers of our time, and has commissioned works from them. Gillian Moore was awarded an MBE for services to British music in 1994 and CBE in 2018. 

Gillian Moore was born in Glasgow and has devoted more than 35 years to the popularization of contemporary classical music among wide audiences. From 1998 to 2006, as Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta, she developed an approach to making classical music accessible and in demand and took an active part in discussions and projects aimed at solving the problem of gender inequality.

About the moderator

Alexander Malich is a Russian TV presenter and producer. He is General Producer of the ‘Theater New Stage’ at the A.S. Pushkin Russian State Academic Drama Theater, and the host of the YouTube channel 'Hot Culture / Haute Culture'. Malich currently manages projects for TV channels 78, Russia-Culture and Medici TV and has also worked with Rox Radio Station and Neva FM.

Winner of the TEFI-Region award, Malich has produced many famous TV and radio shows dedicated to the popularization of classical music, art and museum life. Studio guests include Mikhail Piotrovsky, Valery Gergiev, Anna Netrebko, Mikhail Shemyakin, Eric Roberts, Sergey Shnurov, Igor Butman, Alexey German amongst many others. He currently presents the International Tchaikovsky Competition and for the last four years has worked as presenter for the Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians.