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Lili and Nadia Boulanger orchestral works

BBC SO Total Immersion: Lili and Nadia Boulanger

James Gaffigan conducting

This Total Immersion event dedicated to sisters Nadia and Lili Boulanger reaches its climax in a concert of some of their best-known works.

James Gaffigan, a passionate champion of Lili Boulanger’s music, conducts the BBCSO in a programme that includes all the composer’s major works – a programme that  gives just a taste of the original voice the world lost at her early death aged just 24. The evening includes not only Faust et Helene – the cantata with which Lili won the Prix de Rome – but also her final masterpiece, the brooding psalm-setting Du fond de l’abime . Pianist Alexandra Dariescu is the soloist for Nadia Boulanger’s dramatic Fantaisie variee.

Free performance 6.45pm

The culmination of a BBC SO learning project


Cocktails, concrete and tonnes of charm

Pop into the Martini Bar for a pre-performance tipple, with Happy Hour from 5-6pm


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