We are sorry to announce that tenor Toby Spence has been forced to withdraw from this concert due to illness. We are grateful to John Mark Ainsley who has stepped in to replace him at short notice.
Hugh Wood Violin Concerto No 2 (London premiere) Tippett A Child of Our Time BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis conductor Nicole Cabell soprano Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano John Mark Ainsley tenor Matthew Rose bass Anthony Marwood violin BBC Symphony Chorus
Hugh Wood's second violin concerto, like all his music, speaks with unflashy, lyrical sincerity that takes time to reveal itself. Michael Tippett's moving oratorio arose from the horrors of the Second World War, but its message that we must acknowledge our own dark qualities and not project them onto the Other is as urgent as ever.
From the complete Sibelius Symphonies, to Dvorak’s neglected masterpiece The Jacobin and thrilling premieres by today’s most exciting composers, there is something for everyone in the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 season. Find out more in our special season preview film:
Pre-concert talk 6pm Fountain Room Limited capacity – please arrive early to avoid disappointment.