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BBC Symphony Orchestra/Stasevska

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Dalia Stasevska portrait with baton

Composed in the shadow of the Second World War, Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem opens Dalia Stasevska’s first concert at the Barbican as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor.

Following Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms - a devout musical gesture, reimagining religious rituals on a symphonic scale, for which the BBCSO are joined by the BBC Singers, they complete the concert with Rachmaninov’s exhilarating Symphonic Dances. Although composed just three years before his death, it pulses with exhilarating rhythmic energy, embracing jazz, plainchant and the waltz.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.15pm, including a 20 minute interval.


architecture detail of the barbican hall

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.

Cocktails, concrete and tonnes of charm

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

Barbican Hall