Holst took his inspiration from the astrological rather than the astronomical, journeying through Mars, the apocalyptic 'Bringer of War'; a tranquil Venus; Mercury's winged messenger; Jupiter, the stately 'Bringer of Jollity'; Saturn's old age; Uranus 'The Magician' and finally a dreamy Neptune, 'The Mystic'.
RepertoireSmetana: Vltava from Má vlast
Royal Festival Hall at 1.30pm: pre-concert talk. Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Alastair Mackie discuss the afternoon's concert. Admission free.