An evening to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Philharmonia Chorus.
Elgar found inspiration for his buoyant overture, In the South, in the scenic countryside and ancient Roman roads of Alassio in Northern Italy.
The epic forces of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, including parts for two separate brass bands, chart the rise and fall of another great ancient kingdom. The oratorio tells the story of Belshazzar, the great Babylonian king who is miraculously struck down at a lavish feast during which he offends the sacred rites of the Jewish people he holds captive. As Belshazzar falls, so does his kingdom, and from its ruins the Jews regain their freedom.
Also hear the London premiere of a joint commission by the Philharmonia and Principal Clarinet Mark van de Wiel, a Clarinet Concerto from Joseph Phibbs. `Phibbs' writing is brilliantly assured, and his orchestration is not only deft but scintillating.’ (Sunday Times)
RepertoireElgar: Overture, In the South (Alassio)
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert event. Music of Today. Admission free.
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