Britten Ballad of Heroes James Clarke Untitled No 2 for piano and large orchestra (BBC co-commission: UK premiere) Beethoven Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’ in E flat major
Ilan Volkov conductor Nicolas Hodges piano Toby Spence tenor Crouch End Festival Chorus
Another new concerto to catch the ear, written for Nicolas Hodges in 2006-08, and two contrasting views of the heroic add strong spice to this programme. Ilan Volkov’s choice of works opens with Britten’s rarely-heard Ballad of Heroes, a choral setting of words by Auden and Swingler honouring British members of the anti-fascist International Brigade killed during the Spanish Civil War.
Pre-concert talk 6pm Fountain Room An introduction to tonight’s concert