Elgar Overture ‘Cockaigne’ (In London Town) Qigang Chen Reflet d’un temps disparu (London premiere) Raymond Yiu The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured (world premiere) Haydn Symphony No 104 in D, ‘London’
BBC Symphony Orchestra Long Yu conductor Li-Wei Qin cello
Our capital city is the theme for this lively evening, beginning with Elgar’s scintillating Overture and ending with Haydn’s final glorious symphony, written during his last stay in London. Blazing with wit, craft and earthiness, it captures the essence of the composer. The city is conjured up again by Hong Kong-born Raymond Yiu, already acclaimed for his intricate blend of Western and Eastern sonorities. He describes The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured as a ‘symphonic game’ which takes its musical cues from Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture and the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’. To conduct this and Chinese-French composer Qigang Chen’s new work is one of China’s leading conductors, Long Yu, Artistic Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
The concert will finish at approximately 9.45pm
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