Charismatic showstopper John Wilson joins forces with the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers to put their distinctive youthful stamp on the first great British symphony. Grand in scope and luscious in texture, Elgar’s Symphony No.1 sets out to transport the listener ‘beyond a wide experience of human life... with love... and a massive hope in the future’. The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain brings its infectious energy and passionate creativity to this work, hailed by contemporaries as ‘the greatest symphony of modern times’ making it as fresh and powerful today as it was when it was first performed in 1908.
Accompanying this symphonic masterpiece, you’ll journey through Elgar’s arrangement of Bach’s richly imaginative Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, and savour the colourful sights and sounds of The Eternal City in Respighi’s Pines of Rome. With his growing international renown for performances of British music, John Wilson comes together with 163 of the UK’s brightest teenage musicians for this Winter concert that promises to be an explosive mixture of heritage, insight and raw musical passion.
Please see the Ticket Info tab for details of a special offer for under-25s.
Programme & PerformersBach/Elgar Fantasia and Fugue in C minor
Respighi The Pines of Rome
Elgar Symphony No 1
John Wilson conductor
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Change of programme
In a change to early listings please note that Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole has now been replaced by two pieces, Bach/Elgar Fantasia and Fugue in C minor and Respighi The Pines of Rome.
Part of London Symphony Orchestra 2014–15