BBC Symphony Orchestra / Wilson

3 May 2013 / 19:30

Tickets £10 – 30

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Walton Overture Scapino
Bowen Viola Concerto
Vaughan Williams Five Tudor Portraits

BBC Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson
Lawrence Power viola
Rosie Aldridge mezzo soprano
Neal Davies baritone
BBC Symphony Chorus

John Wilson returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to conduct an all-British programme. Leading violist Lawrence Power has proved a persuasive champion of York Bowen’s gloriously Romantic concerto, written for Lionel Tertis in 1908, and this provides the emotional core for a concert lit with ribald humour. Walton’s ingenious ‘comedy overture’ Scapino, an exhilarating orchestral showpiece, finds a spirited echo in Vaughan Williams’s earthy Five Tudor Portraits. Setting texts by Henry VIII’s one-time tutor John Skelton, Vaughan Williams conjured up five vivid character sketches, from the drunken Elinor Rumming to the charming Pretty Bess, a scherzo for the tattered Jolly Rutterkin, and Jane Scroop’s heartfelt Requiem to her pet sparrow.

Running time TBC

Pre-concert talk, 6.00pm, Fountain Room
An introduction to the music in tonight’s concert

Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013 multibuy
Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013


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