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English Fantasia

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Three classic English works frame a new concerto for bass clarinet inspired by Greek legend.

Popular since its premiere in 1946, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra introduces the instruments of the orchestra one by one.

Martyn Brabbins conducts two English classics for string orchestra: Elgar's lively Introduction and Allegro and Vaughan Williams' Romantic masterpiece, the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

In between, hear the premiere of a new bass clarinet concerto inspired by Ancient Greek legend, from American composer and winner of the Aaron Copland Award, Geoffrey Gordon.

His infectious style combines an ear for melody with a ‘zest for sonic experimentation’ (New York Times).


Philharmonia Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Laurent Ben Slimane bass clarinet


Elgar: Introduction and Allegro
Geoffrey Gordon: Concerto for bass clarinet & orchestra (Prometheus) (London premiere)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

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Royal Festival Hall


£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)

These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts:
Brian Tyler Returns – Live in Concert (25 Oct 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas with King's College Choir (13 Dec 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas at the Movies (16 Dec 2018), Valentine’s Day Gala (14 Feb 2019).