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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Zukerman: Elgar

26 April 7.30pm Royal Festival Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents atmospheric music by Sibelius, Bruch and Elgar. The orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Pinchas Zukerman is both conductor and soloist in this varied programme.

Sibelius’ atmospheric The Swan of Tuonela opens the concert, followed by Bruch’s fiendish Violin Concerto.

The evening culminates in two pieces by Elgar: his stirring Sospiri and the quintessentially English ‘Enigma’ Variations.

Classical Extravaganza

with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & soprano Susan Bullock

27 April 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

Join Owain Arwel Hughes, Susan Bullock and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for this spectacular evening featuring some of the most dramatic and evocative musical themes ever composed.

From Verdi’s Grand March to Grieg’s In The Hall of the Mountain King, the scintillating Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin, Elgar’s Nimrod and glorious Puccini arias and much, much more, be sure not to miss this evening of music by the world’s greatest composers.

All proceeds to the Lisa Crispin Charitable Foundation.

Russian Opera Gala

Finale of the Ninth International Russian Song Festival and Contest, UK

29 April 4.30pm Cadogan Hall

Dedicated to Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Elena Obraztsova.

Star guest performers – soloists from the Royal Opera House, Mariinsky Opera, St Petersburg, the Bolshoi, Moscow – sing popular Russian and English arias, songs, and romances by famous composers, as well as classical folk songs, in this delightful show for music lovers. The genres in the Finale of the Ninth International Russian Song Festival and Contest, UK are: Classical, Romance Song, Folk, and Best 20th-century.

Programme for the evening:
1) Opening Ceremony (including fantastic guest performances, a video tribute to the great Russian singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Elena Obvaztsova, and an exhibition of photos)
2) Over 30 of the best international, Russian and English arias, romances and songs performed by the competition’s international finalists
3) Winners’ Awards Ceremony

All proceeds will go to charity.

The Bach Choir

Alexander Nevsky

03 May 7.30pm Royal Festival Hall

The Bach Choir presents their first-ever performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky. Based on his score for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 epic film of the same name, Prokofiev conducted the cantata’s first performance in Moscow in May 1939. Alexander Nevsky incorporates folk melodies, the torment of conflict, and a battle which builds to a spectacular climax.

In this innovative rendering by The Bach Choir, the passion of the music and the poetry of the words are enhanced by a visual exploration of the piece’s conception and composition, with a portrayal of the composer as the audience’s guide. Presented alongside the cantata is Bernstein’s musical depiction of peace and unity, which uses a magical blend of Christian choral tradition and Hebrew verse.

English Chamber Orchestra

with Michael Collins conductor

16 May 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

Michael Collins makes his debut conducting the English Chamber Orchestra, who are joined by two rising soloists: Mihai Ritivoiu and Michael Foyle.

Romanian pianist Ritivoiu won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in Bucharest in 2010 and was awarded the Gold Medal in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Intercollegiate Competition in 2016.

Foyle won the 2016 Netherlands Violin Competition and his acclaimed performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led to an immediate invitation to give his debut recital at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

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