UK Korea Season gets underway with the London Symphony Orchestra

Our UK-Korea "Creative Futures" season kicked off on 20 February 2017 with work by Mozart, Turnage and Mahler performed by the London Symphony Orchestra getting the season underway in some style. The season will celebrate the very best of UK arts and culture and will run until March 2018.

It wasn’t just his music that was making an appearance on the opening day of the season, as composer Mark Anthony Turnage himself led a masterclass in Korea with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Meanwhile, while the LSO rehearsed their performance of Turnage’s Håkan, they were joined by 60 Seoul school children who came to learn a little more about the inner workings of an international symphony orchestra.

“Our world famous creative industries are the glittering jewel in the crown of British industry, and I'm delighted that the Korean public will now be able to experience the brilliance of the UK’s creativity and innovation first hand. Nurturing, supporting and developing creative talent is a priority for the UK, and our international programme of events are instrumental in showcasing a more global Britain to the world."

– Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

“We hope the joint year will stimulate and encourage more creative collaboration between the art organisations and artists in the UK and Korea. This will bring increased mobility and innovation in arts and creative sectors for both countries … The year will bring the best examples of UK dance, theatre, film, visual arts, literature, music, architecture, design and fashion to Korea from February 2017 to March 2018 in multiple cities including Seoul, Busan, Cheongju, Jeonju and Tongyeoung.”

– Martin Fryer, Director Korea, British Council