BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

Music by Elgar, Mendelssohn and Ian McQueen

10 April 2010 / 19:30

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Elgar In the South (Alassio)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Ian McQueen Earthly Paradise (BBC commission: world premiere)

Sir Andrew Davis
Akiko Suwanai violin
BBC Symphony Chorus

The search for the land where ‘none grow old’ guides the twists and turns of William Morris’s The Earthly Paradise . Ian McQueen’s new work for chorus and large orchestra evokes the poem's extraordinary world, surges with erotic charge, and conjures up Morris’s magical vision of Iceland’s landscape and sagas. Akiko Suwanai, youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and recent soloist at the BBC Proms, performs Mendelssohn’s evergreen Violin Concerto.

Jennifer Pike is no longer able to take part in this concert. We are grateful to Akiko Suwanai, who has agreed to perform in her place at short notice.

Study Afternoon 2.30 - 5.30pm Mozart Room

The writings of William Morris

Fiona MacCarthy, author of the Wolfson History Prize-winning biography of William Morris introduces Morris and his writings. Clive Wilmer, poet, editor of Morris’s poetry and expert on Ruskin and his contemporaries, discusses Morris’s writings and Fiona MacCarthy interviews composer Ian McQueen on his use of Morris’s poetry for his new work Earthly Paradise. The afternoon ends with a roundtable discussion and an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Admission to the Study Afternoon by free ticket. Call the box office on 020 7638 8891 to book your tickets, which will be available for collection at the Mozart Room before the event.

BBC Family Music Intro Concert
An introduction to concert-going for families with discounted tickets at £5 each and a free, pre-concert Meet the Musicians Family event . Call the Box office for details.

This event is part of:
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2009 - 2010

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