The Lark Ascending

Australian Chamber Orchestra

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Richard Tognetti sweeps the Australian Chamber Orchestra from inter-war England to the dark heart of the Viennese psyche.

On paper, it’s a mouthwatering programme – contrasting masterpieces by Vaughan Williams and Britten, framed by the pinpoint psychological precision of Webern and the tormented passion of Schoenberg’s luscious Verklärte Nacht. But as The Times put it in 2018, ‘Nothing about this orchestra is ever routine’.

‘And Richard Tognetti, leading from the front in every sense, embodies everything that makes his band special’, that same critic continued. If anything, that’s an understatement. So expect the unexpected from Vaughan Williams’s famous Lark, and experience the raw energy that the ACO’s superb musicians draw from this collaboration with musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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‘The Australian Chamber Orchestra has always brought a blast of fresh air whenever it breezes into London’s concert halls‘


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Composer Focus – Episode 4: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Richard Tognetti

In episode four, host Edward Seckerson is joined by violinist, composer, and Australian Chamber Orchestra artistic director Richard Tognetti to discuss the genius, larger than life character, and prodigious talent of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Barbican Sessions: Timo-Veikko Valve


In our latest session, Timo-Veikko Valve, principal cello at the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's Sarabande from Suite No.4 for Unaccompanied Cello BWV1010 in E-flat Major at Milton Court.

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Listen: Vaughan Williams and Bernstein

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge joins forces with the Britten Sinfonia, Ailish Tynan and Roderick Williams for this album of two much-loved choral works: Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

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Composer Focus – Episode 2: Benjamin Britten with Roderick Williams

In episode two, host Ed Seckerson is joined by baritone and composer Roderick Williams to discuss Benjamin Britten, a complex and often contradictory character, and one of the 20th century’s greatest opera composers.

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