Sir Simon Rattle’s LSO Discovery concert includes a brand new children’s opera, The Hogboon, by Peter Maxwell Davies and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, performed by young people alongside the LSO.
Story-telling is at the heart of this concert. Berlioz uses a gargantuan orchestra to depict his ‘Fantastical Symphony’ portraying a swirling ball, a cackling March to the Scaffold and dreams good and bad. Maxwell Davies bases his new opera on a local monster myth from his home in Orkney.
Rattle believes that classical music is for everyone, and has long been a leading advocate for living composers, and for music education and outreach to new audiences. He has specially devised this concert to incorporate the LSO Discovery children’s choirs, London Symphony Chorus, and students from Guildhall School, alongside members of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Suitable for children aged 10+
Programme & Performers
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies The Hogboon (world premiere, LSO commission)
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
LSO Discovery Choirs
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey choral director
Guildhall School Musicians
London Symphony Orchestra
Karen Gillingham stage director
Rhiannon Newman Brown designer
Part of London Symphony Orchestra 2015-16
Generously supported by David HS Hobbs