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Seen From Afar

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

This event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

Composers are inspired by the world beyond their cultural boundaries, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey.

Join us for a thrillingly wide-ranging concert featuring Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, written for jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman and infused with the sounds of New York; Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds, which incorporates birdsong performed on ancient Chinese instruments played from audience’s mobile phones; and Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ Imaginary Day for marimba, vibraphone and orchestra.

Hear two world premieres including Pacific by the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence, Dobrinka Tabakova, and brink by the BBC Proms Inspire competition winner, Alexia Sloane, influenced by and reflecting the environmental crisis.

More information on how to take part in Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds is coming soon.


BBC Concert Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Pierre Genisson clarinet
Chris Deviney percussion
Alasdair Malloy percussion


Walton: Johannesburg Festival Overture
Dobrinka Tabakova: Pacific (World premiere)
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Alexia Sloane: brink (World premiere)
Tan Dun: Passacaglia: Secret of wind and birds
Pat Metheny: [with Lyle Mays]: Imaginary Day - Duo Concerto for vibraphone, marimba & orchestra arr. Chris Deviney

Dates & times

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£12 - £28
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£12, £18, £28


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